Medical Ultrasound

Producing students who can use research and development skills in order to develop the field of Medical Ultrasound

Key information

MSc (Echocardiography)
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October

MSc (Vascular)
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start date: October

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos introduces the MSc in Medical Ultrasound
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This full- or part-time programme aims to provide clinicians and medical scientists with intensive training in both the theoretical basis of medical ultrasound and the required scanning and diagnostic skills in the various specialities.

The programme is both academic and vocational in nature. It aims to produce students who can use research and development skills in order to develop the field of Medical Ultrasound.

However, as this is an academic degree, it does not provide automatic qualification to practice as a sonographer and national examinations may be required to achieve this. Nevertheless, the programme follows the core BSE syllabus and prepares any future candidate for the successful completion of the national examinations.

Programme structure

Each module runs independently in their respective departments. Students are placed within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (subject to honorary contract approval) and have ample exposure to patients and get a lot of hands-on experience.

  • Echocardiography (full-time)
  • Vascular (full- or part-time)

The research project forms a major part of the programme and students will be expected to plan and carry out a major piece of independent research under the guidance of their supervisor.

See programme structure and teaching methods and programme timetable for further information.

* Please note: The Obs & Gynae option is no longer available.

Entry requirements

Honours degree with a minimum grade of Lower Second (or equivalent), in medicine, biological, engineering or physical science subject. See further information under entry requirements.

Career prospects

This course is widely recognised as an important qualification for people intending to pursue a career in Medical Ultrasound. Every year, a high proportion of the students go on to study for an MD(Res) or PhD. Most of the medically qualified students return to clinical practice, where the MSc provides a solid background for further research. Others have gone into a wide range of careers, including specialised sonographers, physiologists, and other healthcare professionals in the NHS or abroad.

Work required

Full-time course option
Students are expected to attend all formal teaching sessions (usually one day per week) and three days a week in the ultrasound clinics. One day per week is allocated to private study but students are expected to undertake private study of at least 2-3 hours additionally in their own time.

Part-time course option (vascular only)
Students are expected to attend the formal teaching sessions (usually one day per week) and to spend three days per week in an appropriate vascular clinic.

Meet our students

Each year the Dean's prize is awarded to an exceptional student on each of our Master's courses. Find out more from the prize winners for this course.