Taught course

Diagnostic Imaging (Medical Ultrasound) MSc

University of Leeds · Faculty of Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

1. Typically a BSc (at least 2:1) Honours degree from a recognised higher education institution in an appropriate health related subject. Applicants with a 2.2 and 1 year of appropriate clinical experience would also be considered. For the Medical Ultrasound pathway we would also consider other subjects e.g. Nursing, Midwifery, Clinical Physiology or Medicine.

2. Applicants must have secured a suitable clinical placement and: employment with, or secondment to, a diagnostic imaging department or with access to medical ultrasound facilities, approved by the University of Leeds plus identification of two suitably qualified clinical mentors within this department.

Employer’s agreement to undertake the course and provide adequate time and facilities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme must be secured. Satisfactory references and attendance at an admissions event.

Advanced standing

Students may access the Post Graduate Diploma if they have already obtained a relevant (medical ultrasound) Post Graduate Certificate or related academic credit from the University of Leeds within the last five years and have maintained their clinical practice/CPD in the interim. The process used will be via accreditation of prior learning (APL) but students who return within 5 years can be assured of acceptance. Opportunities for accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and or accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) are available.

Months of entry


Course content

Make an impact

The most advanced of the qualifications we offer in Medical Ultrasound, our MSc provides comprehensive training in clinical technique, core scientific principles and the latest research output.

By learning from our expert team at Leeds, you’ll develop into highly skilled practicioner, ready to make an impact on patient outcomes through your work in this vital field.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • demonstrate in-depth, specialist knowledge and clinical mastery of equipment & examination techniques across a broad range of Medical Ultrasound practices;
  • demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of underpinning scientific and professional principles and concepts informed by knowledge at the forefront of advanced/consultant practice in Medical Ultrasound
  • critically appraise the need for imaging and image-guided investigations and procedures by synthesising clinical and other relevant information to inform Medical Ultrasound decision making;
  • apply in-depth specialist scientific, technical and professional knowledge, sophisticated psycho-motor skills and critical judgement and decision making behaviours to the acquisition, interpretation and reporting of Medical Ultrasound examinations to standards that meet national and local quality criteria;
  • critically appraise and respond to each individual’s physical and psycho-social needs whilst undertaking Medical Ultrasound and image-guided examinations to standards that meet service and user / carer expectations;
  • critically evaluate Medical Ultrasound examinations for technical and diagnostic quality;
  • critically reflect on professional and social learning relationships within multidisciplinary clinical teams;
  • critically and creatively evaluate current issues and research related to Medical Ultrasound practice and its role in the diagnosis and management of disease
  • demonstrate specialist in-depth knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of techniques applicable to research and advanced scholarship in Medical Ultrasound.
  • formulate ideas and hypotheses to address clinical or professional problems; develop, implement and execute plans by which to investigate these using research, service evaluation or practice development methodologies
  • collect, analyse and synthesise original data in a manner that adheres to high standards of research ethics and governance
  • make and disseminate a contribution to evidence based imaging practice
  • exhibit mastery in the exercise of personal and professional intellectual abilities

This course is available to study as a PGDip or PGCert. Please see our course website to see the different qualifications offered by the University of Leeds.

Information for international students

International students

International students will be able to access the course if they have an approved clinical placement in their home country with two suitably trained mentors. All students must attend all the mandatory face-to-face taught content on campus. In addition, they must able to access any synchronous taught elements of the course online (if available).

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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