MSc Medical Ultrasound

MSc Medical Ultrasound - CASE accredited Course

The MSc degree in Medical Ultrasound, a CASE accredited programme currently validated by Bournemouth University (but please see below), has been developed by the Centre for Ultrasound Studies (CUS) and the (AECC), to support professional development for healthcare professions including radiographers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses, midwives and doctors to attain the generic skills and attitudes of continuing professional development, experiential learning and reflective practice, and to develop advanced clinical and practical skills in ultrasound practice.

The MSc is a part-time programme enabling healthcare practitioners to combine professional learning in the workplace with a postgraduate academic qualification.




Length of course

The course consists of three progressive levels: the Postgraduate Certificate, the Postgraduate Diploma and the MSc. Exit qualifications are available at each of these stages.
PgCert  (60 M credits)       Normally one year                                                  Part-time study 
PgDip (120 M credits)       Normally an additional year                                  Part-time study
MSc (180 M credits)       Normally an additional one to two years              Part time study


Bournemouth University is the awarding body for this degree at this present although the MSc Medical Ultrasound is delivered entirely by the Centre for Ultrasound Studies at the AECC. Please note that all programmes starting in September 2017 will be validated by AECC and not BU, including the MSc Medical Ultrasound programme. This means that the qualification you receive at the end of your studies will be made in the name of this institution. Currently we are applying for University College title and we hope our new name will be in place by September 2017. In this case, our current name of AECC will be replaced by our new name, which will incorporate the University College title.Please be assured that the qualification, the teaching staff, the content and the assessments will be unchanged and the programme will continue to be delivered, as now, by the Centre for Ultrasound Studies and accredited by CASE.Nothing will change, in fact, apart from the name of the institution  on the award certificate you receive when you graduate.

For more information please take a look at the programme specification which is the official document setting out the aims and learning outcomes of the programme. The programme specification you will see from this link is the one which currently applies to students enrolled on a programme leading to an award of Bournemouth University. We are in the process of approving all our existing programmes as awards of this institution. The layout and language of the programme specification will change when the programme is approved as an award of this institution, but the aims, learning outcomes and programme content will not. As soon as the new programme specification is approved it will be made available from this webpage



Entry Requirements 

Applicants must have a recognised professional qualification or a first degree in a relevant subject in line with the admissions regulations. Credit for prior learning is possible on approval by the Pathway Leader. 

Applicants must complete at the time of application, to the satisfaction of the Programme Leader, a Clinical Workplace Agreement Form (signed by the work-place supervisor/mentor). This ensures that the clinical requirements of the programme can be met by the student.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language, must have IELTS (academic) 7.0
Applicants should confirm their ability to study at this level by presenting evidence of:
  • a UK bachelors degree or overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.

Apply Today

The application deadline for 2017/18 entry has been extended to August 31st 2017.

If you have any further questions about applying, please email admissions or call us on 01202 436 200.

Further useful information

Student Agreement

The Student Agreement  contains the rules and regulations that would apply to you as a student on our MChiro (Hons) programme from September 2017. This document is an agreement between this intuition and our new students as to the rights, roles and responsibilities of both parties, and therefore it is important that you read this agreement before applying to the programme, accepting an offer or enrolling with us. The student agreement also includes important information to take into account when choosing your programme, including any additional costs which may apply. Additional costs are mandatory or optional costs which students will need to meet in order to fully participate in and complete their programme. You will need to budget for these costs separately as they are not included in the overall Tuition Fee you are charged. This agreement is reviewed annually.

Please contact us (  if you are unable to access any of the links to documents or if there is anything in them that you are unsure about and want to discuss further before you accept our offer or enrol as a student

Testimonials from MSc Ultrasound Graduates

Dr Altaf Shamsuddin (General)

Associate Specialist in Urology Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Dr Altaf Shamsuddin My interest in Ultrasound dates back to 1978, when I was working as general surgical registrar in United Arab Emirates. There was a high incidence of road traffic accidents during the early days in UAE. One of the Radiologists had a special interest in using the newly acquired Ultrasound in trauma patients, especially in abdominal blunt trauma. He used to follow me to the theatre whenever I did splenectomy to confirm his preoperative ultrasound diagnosis of splenic rupture.
I always wanted to learn the skill of doing ultrasound and use it in my clinical practice. My dream only materialised four years ago, when I attended the Ultrasound course organised by Dr. Budgie Hussain.

The ultrasound examination has become an extension of my clinical examination after history taking and physical examination. I can diagnose most of the urological ailments during the patient's first visit thereby reducing the waiting time for further investigation and a second visit to the hospital. In other patients I can decide the correct investigation and treatment pathway.

Unfortunately the previous decision of the Royal College of Surgeons to include the ultrasound training as a part of higher surgical training for the urologist has been revoked as there was not enough support from the Radiology colleagues.

I have completed the first year and I am now in my second year of the MSc. The administrative and faculty members in AECC are very friendly and supportive. Professor Bolton is an inspiring teacher who made the two day Research Seminar very interesting and I am looking forward to the Research project next year.


Dr Eirik Skeie (Musculoskeletal)

Chiropractor, Norway

Dr Eirik SkeieWorking as a chiropractor the vast majority of one's patients are suffering from musculoskeletal complaints. After graduating and during my undergraduate years I realised the limitations of a clinical examination for musculoskeletal complaints. Hence I took interest in diagnostic ultrasound as a tool for diagnosing musculoskeletal conditions.

When I first started working with diagnostic ultrasound I was fortunate to have a good supervisor and I attended a lot of short courses. Even though many of the short courses were of excellent quality they did not provide any formal qualifications. For me this was a very important criterion when embarking on the Msc course.
Today there are no restrictions for the use of diagnostic ultrasound, however there probably will be in the future. Through an academic degree one would then be able to formally document that one is safe to practice and hence not be restricted in the use of diagnostic ultrasound. As the course is accredited by EFSUMB and CASE it has gone through a process of quality assurance and provides a very good learning environment.

The course provides a very good teaching faculty that supports you whenever you may need it. It is also great to be studying together with different practitioners like rheumatologists, sports physicians, chiropractors, physiotherapists, general practitioners, sonographers and more.

I would highly recommend any practitioner that works within the field of musculoskeletal care to embark on the MSc course in diagnostic ultrasound.



Dr Marthese Sciortino (General and Gynaecology)

General Medical Practitioner, Malta

Dr Marthese SciortinoI am a Maltese general practitioner working in the private sector. In 1997, I introduced the availability of ultrasound in my practice since I am a female GP and thus practice women's health most of the time. Due to the fact that ultrasonography is operator-dependent, I had to employ an ultrasonographer, who used to come once a week to perform ultrasound on my patients.

In 2007, there was an opportunity to form a group of Maltese GPs and undergo the course of MSc in Ultrasound at the AECC. For me, this course would mean that by acquiring the skills, I could perform both the clinical assessment and ultrasound for the appropriate patient, who would be under my care throughout the whole time. The benefits obtained from the course incorporate both the practice and my personal satisfaction. I implemented what I learned regarding ultrasonography, which I perform on a daily basis. This has resulted in better quality of service and patient satisfaction. On the other hand, it has given me a new sense of identity as a GP with ultrasound skills as my special interest.

Apart from its implementation in my practice, the ultrasound course has given me the opportunity to integrate with other colleagues on the course, thus forming a sort of community. We share experiences and serve as a means of support to each other. Since we were the first Maltese group undergoing the ultrasound course, we are now serving as a vehicle for the next group of Maltese GPs, who have just started the course.



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Areas of study include:

  • MSK Upper Limb Ultrasound
  • MSK Lower Limb Ultrasound
  • MSK Hip/Groin Ultrasound
  • Gynaecology Ultrasound
  • Obstetrics Ultrasound
  • General Ultrasound
  • Negotiated Ultrasound      Skills  (for example: Soft Tissue, Contrast Studies, Guided Injections)

Course Brochure

See full details about the MSc Medical Ultrasound.

Clinical Placements

A limited number of Clinical Placements are available at our Centre for Ultrasound Studies (CUS).
These are charged at an additional cost to the programme fee.
CUS clinical placement students should expect to attend 1 - 2 clinical placement days per month, for each clinical application, for a period of at least 6 months. 
The cost for each clinical placement day is £240.  

Please contact Mrs Sandra Battiston for further details on CUS clinical placements.

Annual Fees for 2017-18


Annual fee

if paid in full

by 31st October

UK/EU students who currently do not hold any Masters or other level 7 degree (PgCert/PgDip) or higher


UK/EU students who hold any Masters or other level 7 degree (PgCert/PgDip) or higher


EEA (non-EU) or Swiss nationals


All other applicants


*Course fees may be subject to change and annual increases. Fees are paid annually irrespective of the number of units completed.

Note: For all new MSc Ultrasound enrolments starting in 2017: we offer a 10% discount, to AECC alumni, on the annual tuition fee for the duration of your part-time MSc programme.

Postgraduate Loans: If you are under 60, a UK resident and plan to start a postgraduate course for the first time from 1 September 2017 you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to help with your study costs. 

For further information and to see if you are eligible please see the postgraduate loan information on the GOV.UK website.

Three termly instalments may be arranged with the Finance Department. A surcharge of 5% is made for termly instalments

The course organisers reserve the right to make alterations to course fees and arrangements and dates for teaching and learning sessions, including the decision to run any or all parts of the course in the light of demand.

AECC reserves the right to charge an additional fee for clinical competency assessments depending on location of assessment.

Fees advertised by the AECC are for the first year of the programme.  Fees for subsequent years will be decided by the Board of Governors and published on the AECC Current Student website (VLE) from January for the following academic year.  You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study. Please also refer to the document Important Information when choosing your programme, which includes further information about additional costs which may apply.

Students with external musculoskeletal clinical placements are offered an optional mock assessment at the Centre for Ultrasound Studies (CUS) to assess their progress and familiarise themselves with the CUS machine controls which will be used for their final assessment. This is optional and will take place in CUS. Those students who wish to attend will be charged a fee of £107.  The programme team will provide a feedback on strengths, weaknesses and advice on any remedial training.

For further details please contact our admissions department.

Enrolment takes place once a year in October.

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