Taught course

Medical Ultrasound

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 within 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 a medical ultrasound examination competently and safely in a defined area of ultrasound practice
  • enables you to become a reflective practitioner with the ability to challenge assumptions and question the beliefs and policies underpinning the application of medical ultrasound
  • promotes the ethos of lifelong learning and continuing professional development
  • enables you to function as a valued member of the multi-disciplinary healthcare team.

What you study

You have the option to study one of two pathways:

  • Clinical Pathway
  • Point of Care, Emergency Medicine Pathway

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. You have two years, from completing your PgCert, in which to enrol on the PgDip in Medical Ultrasound (providing you have not already extended your PgCert).

How you learn

The teaching is delivered at Teesside University over academic blocks –supported with electronic learning and in practice at your clinical placement. It is a fusion which allows you to become an autonomous ultrasound practitioner. Teaching methods used during your academic blocks include lectures, seminars, group work, and practical and problem-solving exercises. Support is available from your tutors and clinical mentor. You are expected to complete 300 hours of self-managed study.

How you are assessed

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

Career opportunities

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

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384176