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Equipping students with the research and development skills required to progress the field of Medical Ultrasound

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MSc Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography)

Duration: 1 year full-time

MSc Medical Ultrasound (Vascular)

Duration: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time

Key information

Start date: October 2018
Campus: Hammersmith

Applications for 2018

Open to applications for 2018 entry
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Overview

Our MSc in Medical Ultrasound provides clinicians and medical scientists with intensive training in both the theoretical basis of medical ultrasound and the required scanning and diagnostic skills.

The course is both academic and vocational in nature, and is the only MSc of this type to offer a clinical attachment as part of the course.

As an academic degree, it does not provide automatic qualification to practise as a sonographer, and national examinations may be required to achieve this.

Nevertheless, the programme follows the core British Society of Echocardiography syllabus and prepares any future candidate for the successful completion of the national examinations.

Each is speciality is run independently in its respective department. You will have exposure to patients, and get a substantial amount of hands-on experience through placement with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

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.

Please note that echocardiography students will receive 'MSc Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography)' as their award upon successful completion of the course, whereas vascular ultrasound students graduate with 'MSc Medical Ultrasound'.

Careers

Our MSc in Medical Ultrasound is recognised as an important qualification for people who would like to pursue a career in Medical Ultrasound.

Many students go on to study for an MD(Res) or PhD, while most of the medically qualified students return to clinical practice.

Others have gone into a wide range of careers, including specialised sonographers, physiologists, and other healthcare professionals in the NHS or abroad.

Meet our students

Hear from National Heart and Lung Institute current students and graduates on their website.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

The core and optional modules for MSc Medical Ultrasound will be published here shortly.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Clinical and private study
  • Experimental design
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Lectures
  • Problem solving
  • Seminars
  • Work-based learning

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Examination
  • Practical
  • Presentations
  • Research project
  • Vive Voce

Course timetable

You have lectures throughout one full day each week between October and March. Mock examinations on the lecture content take place in April, and final exams in June.

Laboratory practicals run each weekday (except for the day when your lectures are held). These practical sessions include performing scans with patients.

Allocation of projects and supervisors takes place between October and December, and you begin work on your project in December. You will work on your research project, submitting progress reports, giving progress presentations and submitting a draft, before final submission in August.

You can complete research projects in the echocardiography or vascular departments within Imperial College/Hammersmith, Charing Cross Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s or St. Mary’s Hospital. There is a vive voce examination on your research project in September.

The vascular stream can be taken part-time over two years, instead of full-time in one year.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Full-time £10,600
Part-time £5,300 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
Full-time £32,500
Part-time £16,250 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Full-time £32,500
Part-time £16,250 per year*

* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020. 

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in medicine, biological sciences, engineering or physical sciences.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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