Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound* - PGCert

Liverpool Hope University · Department of Health and Applied Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants will require a recognised professional qualification in a relevant and acknowledged subject and be a member of an appropriate professional body including: General Medical Council (GMC), The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), The Nursing, and Midwifery Council (NMC), The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and Society of Vascular Technology (SVT). Or equivalent overseas professional qualification.

Applicants should be able to provide evidence of their potential to study at M-level by producing evidence of either: a UK Bachelor’s degree to a 2:1 classification or an overseas equivalent in a relevant subject.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence that an appropriate clinical Mentor has been identified for Module 2 in support of the work-based clinical placement and patient case load for a minimum of 15 hours per week, to enable completion of clinical learning requirements.

Before being accepted onto the course, all applicants will be interviewed.

Months of entry


Course content


The Postgraduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound at Liverpool Hope University is designed for practicing healthcare professionals and practitioners, with a relevant first degree, who wish to extend their scope of clinical practice to include musculoskeletal ultrasound. The PGCert MSK ultrasound has increasingly become a popular degree/CPD pathway for physiotherapists, MSK nurses, sonographers and radiographers, sports medicine clinicians, sports therapists, medical doctors and researchers.

This course sits within our School of Health Sciences providing students with an exciting opportunity to join a community with a particular focus on sports and exercise science, sports rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal health.

Course Aims

- An understanding and clinical expertise in the theory and application of MSK Ultrasound and to prepare students for a career in clinical ultrasound

- Essential clinical ultrasound skills for enhancing clinical intervention and diagnosis in MSK health and pathology

- An enhanced knowledge of adult human upper and lower limb anatomy for specific interventional ultrasound techniques.

- A good understanding of MSK Ultrasound including instrumentation and applications and a critical awareness of current problems and new insights in your areas of professional practice.

- The ability to reflect on your professional practice and support your professional development as an independent practitioner

- Transferable skills expected of a postgraduate student in health care with the ability to recognise the interface between academic and applied clinical working

*Subject to Validation by Liverpool Hope University. CASE (Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education) Accreditation is being sought

Information for international students

Not available to international students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    Most students will take approximately 24 months to complete but this can be taken flexibly, up to a maximum of 5 years.

Course contact details

The PLD Team
0151 291 3061