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MSc Medical Ultrasound

See more with our MSc Medical Ultrasound, developed by experts from the University College's School of Radiology and accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE). Applications for September 2020 are now closed.

Course overview

Enhance your advanced clinical and practical skills in ultrasound

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.

Developed by our School of Radiology, the MSc Medical Ultrasound course supports your professional development. Accredited by CASE for six years from February 2018, the course 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 postgraduate 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.

With our expertise you will develop an understanding of the science and instrumentation of ultrasound in order to produce optimum images, with safety and quality assurance to make sure you lead with best practice. Choose from optional units in Gynaecology, First Trimester, Second and Third Trimester, General and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound to get the most out of your course to suit your needs.

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, small group work, and lectures. Private study will form a significant part of your learning; reading and researching and preparing presentations and assignments, spending roughly an average of 8 hours per week study time.

You will have access to our web-based resources, including electronic databases and gateways, and online journals and a discussion forum for you to network with others on your course.

The MSc Medical Ultrasound course is closed for applications for 2020 entry, for general questions on the MSc Medical Ultrasound qualification or to register your interest in the course for 2021, please use the contact form below. 

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Key Information

Course title:
MSc Medical Ultrasound
Normally 3 Years
Study mode:
Part time
AECC University College

Course leader

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Warren Foster

BSc (Hons), DR. MSc. MU - Head of School of Radiology

Warren Foster is currently Head of AECC University College's School of Radiology, 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.

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Course details

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 Radiology 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 MSc Medical Ultrasound, developed by experts from the University College's School of Radiology, 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.

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Need more info about, learning aims and outcomes, curriculum content, teaching methods and assessment, credits per unit? Take a look at our Course Specification to find out more.

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MSc Medical ultrasound important dates 2020-2021

Unit breakdown

Take your career to the next level with our flexible, professional qualification in Msc Medical Ultrasound

Entry Requirements

How do I apply?

Applications for our 2021 MSc Medical Ultrasound course will be open soon via our online application system. You will need to provide your educational history, a personal statement and a satisfactory reference. 

In the meantime please register your interest in this postgraduate course on the form below and when applications open for 2021 our admissions team will be in touch. 

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 Radiology 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 Radiology 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.



Course Fees

Our current (2020 entry) course costs for the MSc Medical Ultrasound part time course for 2020 entry are per annum and are shown below.


£3,600.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits (3 x 20 credit units) per academic year. For students undertaking additional 20 credit units an additional payment of £1,200.00 will be payable for each additional unit.


£6,000.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits (3 x 20 credit units) per academic year. For students undertaking additional 20 credit units an additional payment of £2,000.00 will be payable for each additional unit.

Discounted rates may be available.

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 AECC University College.

Additional course costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your course.  There are additional course related costs that are not included in the tuition fees, including details of the fees for clinical placements undertaken at the School of Radiology.  You will need to budget for theses costs when you plan your spending.  

For further fees guidance for all students at AECC University College whether full time or part time please refer to our Tuition fees policy.

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Author Image "I had a fantastic day and it was probably one of my best educational days since leaving medical school." Jim Moxon, Liverpool FC Academy Doctor and MSc Medical Ultrasound Class of 2018

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