Ultrasound being performed on patient
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography)

Develop the research and development skills required to specialise in the field of echocardiography.

Develop the research and development skills required to specialise in the field of echocardiography

Perform a diagnostic ultrasound as part of a placement in a hospital department

Build your expertise in medical ultrasound alongside experts from the National Heart and Lung Institute

Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MSc

  • Duration

    1 year

  • Start date

    September 2024

  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • £14,900 Home

    • £43,250 Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • Hammersmith

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 in medicine, biological sciences, engineering or a physical sciences subject

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Course overview

Receive training in the theory and practice of medical ultrasound on this Master's course.

You'll gain a solid grounding in the physics and scientific theories of medical ultrasound before specialising in the area of echocardiography.

You'll develop the practical skills necessary to perform a diagnostic ultrasound as part of a placement in a hospital department.

Through taught modules, you'll also build expertise in interpreting data and clinical decision-making in preparation for a career as a sonographer or within healthcare.

An extended research project forms a major part of the programme, during which time you'll consolidate your skills in the use of statistical principles.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll take all of these core modules.

The course follows the core British Society of Echocardiography syllabus.

Core modules

Design and implement your own research project in ultrasound, and consolidate your skill in the use of statistical principles.

You'll learn to review literature and analyse sources critically, and formulate and test a hypothesis in the course of research.

During the project, you'll pass a series of milestones, including submission of a proposal, an essay and a presentation.

Your work will culminate with the submission of a dissertation, and a viva voce exam, with a separate assessment in statistical principles.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Person completing coursework
    Clinical and private study
  • Experimental design
  • Laboratory practicals
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • A person studying independently
  • Person giving seminar
  • Work-based learning

Balance of assessment


  • Taught modules
  • Research project

  • 67% Taught modules
  • 33% Research project

Assessment methods

  • Person completing coursework
  • A person completing a written exam
  • Practical
  • Presentations
  • Research project
  • Oral assessment

Key people

Dr Matthew Shun-Shin

Dr. Matthew Shun-Shin

Course Director

Dr. Matthew Shun-Shin is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Cardiologist with a subspecialty in cardiac imaging, focusing on echocardiography. His primary research focus is developing, applying, and validating machine learning methods (AI) to cardiac imaging.

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply online

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

Home fee

2024 entry


Overseas fee

2024 entry



The Dean’s Master’s Scholarships

Value per award

  • £10,000

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
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The Dr Jean Alero Thomas Scholarships

Value per award

  • Partial or full tuition fee at the Home rate

Who it's for

  • All students applying to study a Faculty of Medicine lab-based Master’s programme beginning in October 2024
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How will studying at Imperial help my career?


Develop the essential core knowledge and skills for an echocardiography career.

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Become familiar with the knowledge base required for passing the national examinations for sonographers.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.


Healthcare, the NHS, international health organisations, or further research are just some of your options.


Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications