Taught course

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

University of Essex · Centre for Sports and Exercise Science

Entry requirements

  • A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7.
  • A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience and relevant musculoskeletal experience.
  • Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
  • HCPC or equivalent registration e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC), non-radiographer sonographers must evidence their qualification.
  • Access to support in the work place, (or mentor’s workplace) to enable completion clinical learning requirements. To register on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice, (HS965) students must provide a completed Practice Mentorship Agreement, (see module guide for HS965)

Postgrad Diploma, Postgrad Cert, MSc

Months of entry


Course content

We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

We offer this musculoskeletal pathway which enable you, as a clinician, to access high quality education related to this modality. Theoretical, practical and clinical skills are explored to ensure students are equipped with skills required in the workplace. Students will need access to an appropriately qualified mentor to complete this pathway and the university can provide some assistance with contacts for independent mentors. There are many complex professional issues associated with musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging, these are explored in this pathway with a particular emphasis on the requirement for practitioners to have adequate knowledge of musculoskeletal medicine to facilitate their clinical decision making skills.

We will:

  • Provide you with critical understanding of the key concepts underlying musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Provide with the opportunity to acquire musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging skills
  • Ensure that you acquire a range of transferable employment related skills
  • Enable you to evaluate and respond to professional considerations related to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.
  • Provide you with skills to access and critically appraise research findings to develop their own evidence-based practice
  • Enhance your understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up

From 2017/18, this course will move into our new School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This will not change the content of the course but provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This will allow us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months


part time
60 months


part time
72 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator