Taught course


University of Leeds · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

GCSE English language and Maths grade C or above or equivalent

Relevant undergraduate degree in a related field including BSc (Hons) Clinical Physiology (Cardiology) or BSc (Hons) Healthcare Science (Cardiac Physiology) or equivalent e.g. HNC/D Medical Physics & Physiological Measurement (MPPM). Degree at 2:2 or greater.

Applicants would normally be from within a clinically related area but applications are welcomed from people without this type of experience. For those without experience it is advised that you contact the team for further advice prior to application.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Demand for cardiac specialists currently outstrips supply, meaning you’ll be in a strong position in your future career. Echocardiography specialists work in a challenging and stimulating hospital environment, combining caring for patients with analytical problem solving to ensure excellent healthcare and patient support.

Echocardiographers use ultrasound technology to examine a patient’s heart. This is achieved using a transducer that sends ultrasound waves through the patient's chest to structures in the heart; valves, chambers and other vessels. The readings are sent to a machine that translates them into a live image, which can be recorded and used to diagnose a variety of conditions.

Make an impact

Our PG Cert Echocardiography course is designed to match the professional development needs of healthcare professionals working with patients with conditions such as: ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, adult congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathies and pericardial disease. It develops highly competent practitioners/ advanced practitioners who will make a real contribution to modern healthcare services.

Course highlights
  • Develop specialist clinical expertise underpinned by in-depth theoretical knowledge, including the opportunity to apply learning to work based issues in echocardiography and echocardiography pathology;

  • You will have the opportunity to acquire an in-depth theoretical knowledge and understanding of the underlying scientific and technological principles of diagnostic ultrasound and a critical understanding of current and emergent diagnostic imaging equipment and technology;

  • Learn the skills and knowledge which will enable you to perform a range of clinical examinations to high standards of diagnostic accuracy and safety;

  • Develop an understanding of the evidence and research base of the discipline;

  • Gain access to research cardiologists specifically researching into cardiac ultrasound;

  • Our research active cardiac physiologists will teach you on the course, which allows up-to-date and research-led teaching.

This specialist course will appeal to a range of healthcare professionals including Cardiac Physiologists, GPs, Cardiac Nurse Specialists, Physician Associates, Radiographers and Allied Health Professionals.

Information for international students

Additional cost information

There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

This is a course with teaching during 2 x one week long intensive study weeks in Leeds, one in semester 1 and the other in semester 2. International students will require just one short term study visa because both study weeks are within a six month period. You will complete the rest of your study from your home country and submit your assessment online. – (In view of the current COVID-19 pandemic we will assess the situation of the study weeks closer to the time that they due to run and may need to replace these with online activities).

Course contact details

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 0806