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MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) (full-time)

MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) (full-time)

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Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ultrasound: Medical Diagnostic Imaging

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

With a UK-wide shortage of sonographers in an increasingly pressured health care system, there has never been a better time to study MSc Medical Imaging: Ultrasound.

Our intensive full MSc programme - accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) - is the perfect accelerated pathway of study to launch your career as a sonographer, whether you have a science or non-clinical health background.

You will learn all of the academic knowledge required to work in this field and, importantly, have plenty of hands-on training in our skills hub, which is equipped with the latest imaging workstations and houses one of the largest MedaPhor ultrasound simulation labs in the world.

Course summary

This course starts in January and runs in calendar years, not standard academic years.

Each module is credit rated. You may be assessed in various ways including coursework, presentations, reflective writing, verbal assessments, exams and reports. Assessment of clinical placements is a requirement of the qualification and students will be assessed to ensure they are clinically competent before they can receive the award.

Graduate destinations

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to provide evidence of preparation for practice to the standards required for a first post-qualification sonographer post. We have consulted with local ultrasound service partners who have confirmed that this would allow employment of graduates in most regional NHS contexts. However, applicants from a non-health care background should note that, at present, employment in some NHS Trusts would not be possible due to the requirement for professional registration. These potential restrictions on employment will be discussed with you during the application process and you will be asked to sign a memorandum of agreement confirming your understanding and acceptance.

On completion of the MSc you will be able to apply for registration with the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers.


Physical Principles & Technology in Ultrasound - Core
Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues in Ultrasound - Core
Research methods - Core
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have 1st or 2nd class honours degree. Selection criteria: 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree, however those with a 2:2 will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Minimum of 5 GCSE passes, grade ‘C’ or above to include Maths, English and Science (grade B or above for Science); Preference will be given to those with at least one science subject at A-level (or equivalent) at grade C or above; Applicants must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject area and clinical specialism; All applicants, who meet the entry requirements, will be asked to submit a 1500-word assignment. Only those who achieve a grade equivalent to 2:2 or above 50% (marked to level 6 undergraduate) will be invited to the next stage of the selection process. Non-standard entrants will be considered on a case by case basis. A particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with the clinical work on the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) course. Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7 with a mean score of 7 in all elements. Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.