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Postgraduate study

Course overview

Standard University fee applies.

The Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) recommends a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) in medical ultrasound to be the minimum qualification required to practise ultrasound in the UK. This CASE-accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners.The course:

  • develops you academically to postgraduate level
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a defined area of ultrasound practice, placing the person at the centre of care
  • enhances your critical skills to enable you to promote high quality evidence and care
  • promotes an ethos of caring, compassion, professionalism, excellence and lifelong learning
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

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Course details

You have the option to study one of two routes:

  • Clinical
  • Point of care

The pathway you choose will be dictated by your professional background and your chosen area of ultrasound practice.

Following either pathway, you have an opportunity to continue your study on to the next stage and complete a postgraduate diploma in medical ultrasound.

Course structure

Core modules - Clinical Route

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

This face-to-face delivered module is supplemented by personal learning and webinars. You explore the foundations of ultrasound science, machine features and safe practice.


and one optional module

General Medical and Gynaecological Ultrasound

This module explores relevant and important topics for sonographers working in ultrasound departments, including early pregnancy scanning.

Lower Limb Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

You will explore the lower limb curriculum for sonographers undertaking a musculoskeletal practice.

Negotiated Study in Medical Ultrasound Practice

Ultrasound in clinical medicine is exciting and dynamic. Develop training and knowledge by exploring areas such as pediatrics and procedural techniques. Techniques include joint injections and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks.

Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound

This module is aimed at assisting midwives, radiographers and other health care professionals who are working in obstetric and gynecological practice.

Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

This module comprehensively covers the upper limb curriculum for sonographers undertaking a musculoskeletal practice.

Vascular Ultrasound

This module delivers the curriculum for clinical vascular scientists and vascular sonographers.


Core module - Point of Care Route

Principles of Ultrasound Science and Technology

This face-to-face delivered module is supplemented by personal learning and webinars. You explore the foundations of ultrasound science, machine features and safe practice.


and two optional modules

Core Emergency Medicine Ultrasound

Identify the knowledge and skills required for the four essential cornerstones of emergency ultrasound practice – abdominal aortic scanning, scanning in trauma, entry-level echo for peri-arrest and cardiac arrest for patients, and ultrasound-guided vascular access (peripheral and central).

Deep Venous Thrombus Ultrasound

Explore the knowledge and skills regarding the interrogation of the deep venous system. A spectrum of techniques will be taught, from 2/3-point focused scanning to a full comprehensive study, including upper limb assessment.

Renal and Hepato-biliary Ultrasound

Discover the knowledge and skills for interrogation of the patient with potential renal/urological and/or hepatobiliary problems. A pragmatic and focused toolkit is taught that is suitable for a PoCUS environment.

Shock and Focused Echo Ultrasound

Explore the knowledge and skills required for interrogation of a patient in a shocked state. Cover the causes of shock and develop a clinical toolkit for assessment which includes chest ultrasound, haemodynamic assessment, echocardiology skills in addition to skills learnt in the Core module.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

The teaching is delivered at Teesside University through academic blocks.
The clinical route is developed over five two-week blocks.
The point of care route is delivered over five two-day blocks to suit busy clinical workloads.

Both routes are supported through e-learning. You will also develop your practical skills within your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous safe ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars and practical workshops. The state-of-the-art Regional Ultrasound Simulation Centre here on campus is full incorporated into the teaching.

How you are assessed

You are assessed by a written assignment, examinations and a practical triggered assessment.


Entry requirements

You must normally hold an appropriate health-related undergraduate degree or equivalent professional qualification appropriate to your area of study and have access to an acceptable clinical placement.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

For additional information please see our entry requirements



Work placement

Prior to enrolling on the course, you must negotiate a clinical placement, where you can gain your practical skills. You must find this placement; the University cannot help with this.

Career opportunities

After completing this course you are able to practise in your chosen area of ultrasound.



  • Not available full-time


2020/21 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£655 for each 20 credits

More details about our fees

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Stand out from other job applicants with your higher level qualification, specialist knowledge and expanded networks.



Improve your project management, critical thinking, research skills, time management, presentation skills and teamwork.



The median salary for working-age (16-64) postgraduates in 2018 was £6,000 more than graduates
(DoE Graduate Labour Market Statistics 2018,



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