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Medical Ultrasound

Medical Ultrasound PgCert

Whether you’re working in diagnostic radiology, midwifery or are a clinician directly seeing patients, this course gives you the very best ultrasound education, skills and training, from the principles and practice of ultrasound to undertaking cutting edge research delivered by internationally respected experts in point-of-care (PoCUS) practice and education at our state-of-the-art ultrasound simulation centre at our Darlington campus.


Course overview

We have evolved to be one of the largest and most innovative postgraduate ultrasound training programmes in the UK. We embrace innovative teaching methods via our online resources, face-to-face practical delivery and regular webinars, training many clinicians and allied health professionals from across the UK, Europe and the Arabian Gulf across a wide range of acute specialties, including emergency medicine, critical care, pre-hospital care and acute medicine.

Whether you want to enrol and complete the three years of our part-time MSc Medical Ultrasound in one sitting, or enrol for individual years (on the Pg Cert, and PgDip), at a time that suits you - do it your way.

The first year of this Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited course enables healthcare professionals from varying clinical backgrounds to become safe, competent ultrasound practitioners. The second year allows you to increase your clinical leadership and research knowledge. The third allows you to become an authentic leader in the field of medical ultrasound by providing you with an opportunity to design and manage a major research project. The course:

  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to undertake high quality medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a range of ultrasound and research practice placing the person at the centre of care
  • enhances your critical skills to enable you to recognise and promote high quality evidence and care
  • develops your leadership abilities by providing you with the knowledge of research design or service improvement
  • enables you to become an autonomous practitioner with the skills to design and manage research projects relevant to your ultrasound practice.

The programme promotes safe, competent practice by ensuring all participants have a critical understanding of the core science and principles of medical ultrasound.
There are two routes for you to choose from:
- a traditional clinical route which provides postgraduate training for sonographers usually based in a radiology or obstetrics/gynaecology department
- a point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS) practice route

The clinical route has a range of modules including general medical ultrasound, obstetrics and gynaecological and musculoskeletal.

The PoCUS route includes a range of clinical options including modules relating to the use of ultrasound in:

• emergency medicine
• acute medicine
• acute surgical disciplines
• critical care medicine and anaesthetics (including regional anaesthesia)
• prehospital medicine.

We recognise the diverging use of PoCUS and the generation of new applications, therefore we can negotiate bespoke clinical modules in up and coming areas of practice. This truly promotes the innovative and progressive practice of PoCUS.

If you are unsure which route to choose, please contact us on the Get in touch details below.

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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 general information please see our overview of 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


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£750 for each 20 credits

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