MSc Medical Ultrasound
See more with an MSc in Medical Ultrasound, developed by experts from the University College's School of Medical Ultrasound and accredited by CASE. Applications for October 2020 entry will open from late October 2019.
Are you ready for a new and exciting career path? Perhaps you want to work in a different area of the medical profession? Well, have you considered the rewarding and challenging field of Medical Ultrasound? It’s rapidly become an essential part of investigative healthcare and is used to support a variety of medical professionals including radiographers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses, midwives, and doctors.
Our MSc in Medical Ultrasound, developed by experts from the University College's School of Medical Ultrasound and accredited by CASE for six years from February 2018, will give you the specialist knowledge, plus all the advanced clinical and practical skills needed for ultrasound practice. In your first and second years of the degree, you’ll get the chance to select the units that are right for you, choosing between a series of clinical application and non-skills based units to build up your range of abilities.
What’s more, as we know not everyone is available to study on a full-time basis, we’ve made the course part-time so you gain your qualification while you work. The degree is made up of three progressive levels - the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the Masters - meaning that if you want to finish early you can get an exit qualification at the end of each stage, allowing you to tailor a learning experience that’s right for you.
You’ll be taught by actively practising practitioners and highly-qualified academic staff, who will guide you on your educational journey through professional development, experiential learning and reflective practice, tutorials, workshops, practical clinical skills classes, seminars, group work, and lectures. All of this happens at our renowned campus, considered one of the largest, established, and most prolific treatment and teaching facilities in the world. In fact over 50% of our students are drawn here from overseas.
To speak to the MSc Medical Ultrasound course leader, arrange a tour of our campus or for general questions on this postgraduate course please use the contact form below.
- Course title:
- MSc Medical Ultrasound
- Normally 3 Years
- Study mode:
- Part time
BSc (Hons), DR. MSc. MU - Head of School of Medical Ultrasound
Warren Foster is currently Head of AECC University College's School of Medical Ultrasound, a member of the Senior Management Group and program Lead for the MSc Ultrasound courses. With more than 15 years of Ultrasound experience across numerous specialities within the NHS, he is ideally placed to support your studies.
To earn your degree in MSc Medical Ultrasound, you’ll need a total of 180 Master’s level credits. Usually, you’ll aim to gain 60 credits a year - at the end of stage one, you’ll qualify for a PgCert (60 M credits), at stage two you’ll qualify for a PgDip (120 M credits), and finally an MSc at the end of stage three (180 M credits). Don’t be put off if you think this is too much or too little, as you’re encouraged to go at your own pace so you can do more or less than this in one year, depending on what suits you.
Even if your circumstances change and you cannot commit to the full 3 years of study, you will get the chance to earn a qualification at multiple exit routes. If you successfully complete stage one, you'll qualify for a PgCert (60 Level 7 credits), at stage two you will qualify for a PgDip (120 Level 7 credits), and finally an MSc at the end of stage three (180 Level 7 credits).
We recommend that you don’t take on more than 40 credits a year in one of our clinical application units due to the practical-skills workload involved. We want to make sure that you are comfortable and able to complete the workload that you take on at a reasonable pace.
To get a picture of the curriculum check out a list of units below, or should you need more information about each module’s aims, content and assessment structure, just take a look at our Course Specification.
A limited number of supervised clinical placements are available at our Ultrasound Clinic. Placements are at the discretion of the Head of School of Medical Ultrasound and are reviewed each year. These are charged at an additional cost to the course fee. SMU clinical placement students should expect to attend 1 - 3 clinical placement days per month, for each skills-based unit, for a period of at least 5 - 6 months.
Our Masters in Medical Ultrasound, developed by experts from the University College's School of Medical Ultrasound, will give you the specialist knowledge, plus all the advanced clinical and practical skills needed for ultrasound practice.
This Medical Ultrasound Postgraduate course is accredited by CASE for six years from February 2018.
You have control over what units to take. All units have Level 7 Credits assigned to them. You will need to pick units that total 60 Level 7 Credits for the PgCert. Along with completing the mandatory unit Science and Instrumentation of Ultrasound (20 credits), you’ll be able to select from a series of skills-based and non-skills based units to make up the remaining 40 credits. At least one of the optional units selected must be from the Optional Ultrasound Skills-based units list.
Optional Ultrasound Skills-based Units
- Upper Limb Ultrasound
- Lower Limb Ultrasound
- Hip Ultrasound
- Soft Tissue Ultrasound
- MSK Ultrasound Guided Injections
- Gynaecology Ultrasound
- 1st Trimester Ultrasound
- 2nd and 3rd Trimester Ultrasound
- Superficial Structures Ultrasound
- Negotiated Ultrasound Skills
Non-application specific optional units
- Work-based Practice
- Evidence-based Practice
- Current Advances in Practice
- Structured Learning Event
For the PgDip Stage of your degree, you get to choose from any of the units that you did not complete during the previous PgCert Stage (Year 1). All units have M Level Credits assigned to them. You’ll need to pick units that total 60 M Level Credits for the PgDip.
For your final stage of the MSc Medical Ultrasound, you can pick between two unit groups. Research Methods and Dissertation or Audit Methods and Clinical Audit.
How do I apply for the MSc Medical Ultrasound?
Applications are made through our online application system. You will need to provide details about your educational history, a personal statement, a satisfactory reference and where applicable, details of your clinical placement and practice educator. To register for an application account press the button below.
Applications for October 2019 entry are now closed. Applications for 2020 entry will open from late October 2019
What qualifications do I need?
You’ll need a recognised professional qualification or a first degree in a relevant healthcare subject. Examples of these are; General Medicine, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Osteopathy, Chiropractic, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Nursing.
If you have an undergraduate degree that’s not listed, it may still be considered. Talk to Admissions team by completing the form below or call them on 01202 436200.
When you apply you should also include a Clinical Workplace Agreement (completed by the work-place supervisor/mentor), just to make sure you can meet all the clinical requirements of the course. A limited number of placements are available at the School of Medical Ultrasound should you be interested; assigned and reviewed by the Course Leader. Please note that this is charged at an additional cost to the course fee. Speak with our School of Medical Ultrasound team for prices, dates, and further details.
Students from outside the EEA (European Economic Area) requiring a Tier 4 (General) student visa to undertake the MSc Medical Ultrasound course should note that AECC University College is not able to sponsor them, and will therefore not be able to consider them for a place of study.
English language requirements
To be accepted onto the MSc Medical Ultrasound course you will need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. Please note that you will need to achieve IELTS (academic) overall score of 7.0 or above with no less than 6.0 in each section or acceptable equivalent.
We also accept an undergraduate degree from a university in the UK degree or a completed undergraduate or postgraduate degree which has been taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country. These are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America.
We may be able to consider other English language qualifications, so call or email our Admissions team and they will be happy to help. Try to book your language tests as early in the year as you can, just in case re-sits are needed.
For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here.
One of the most important things you’ll need to consider before applying for this course are the tuition fees. Our current course costs for the MSc Medical Ultrasound (2019/2020) entry are per annum and are shown below.
Full Fees Rate
Discounted rate when fees paid before 31 October 2019
*ELQ or EEA
*You are classed as an ELQ student if the course which you are applying to is an equivalent or lower qualification to one you have previously achieved.
Please note that fees after your 1st year should not increase by more than RPI + 1% (UK Retail price index - RPI).
If the course detail isn’t incentive enough, we also offer all new MSc Ultrasound enrolments that are starting in 2019 a 10% discount to AECC University College alumni on the annual tuition fee for the duration of your part-time MSc programme.
What’s more, those starting a postgraduate course for the first time, who are under 60 and living in the UK, could qualify for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with study costs. This is being offered to people starting a postgraduate course from 1st September 2019. Find out more about postgraduate loans and if you qualify on the gov.uk website.
As we don’t want you to have any nasty surprises during your time with us, please take a few minutes to read through the following information. To stay on the course your fees are due annually, and may be subject to change. Decisions about changes to course fees, arrangements, and dates for teaching sessions are the right of the course organisers - they’ll let you know if anything is due to change. Bear in mind that the fees currently advertised by the AECC University College are for the first year of the programme only. We advise you to budget for an increase of up to 5% for each following year, and all increased fees will be posted to the AECC University College website, so don’t worry if you forget. Three termly instalments can be arranged with the Finance Department, but please note a surcharge of 5% is made for termly instalments.
Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register here and search for our name.
Our tuition fees policy and information on any expected additional costs for each of our courses can be found on our latest policies page. Should you have any questions on course fees please contact our admissions team on the form below.