Students working with ultrasound equipment

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

Award titles

MSc Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography)

Duration: 1 year full-time

MSc Medical Ultrasound (Vascular)

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

Your Autumn term and academic year 2020–21

This course will begin on schedule in the Autumn and we plan to reopen our campuses. We are looking forward to seeing you in person, if travel and visa arrangements allow. If you can’t travel to campus in time for the start of term, we want to reassure you that your academic Department has made plans which make it possible to offer  you  a  high-quality remote educational experience during the Autumn term.

Your teaching will be a combination of on-campus (in-person) and remote learning (online). We call this ‘multi-mode’ delivery. Depending on official government guidance throughout the entirety of next academic year, the ‘multi-mode’ balance may be subject to change. We hope to be able to offer you increased on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the year.

For more information about multi-mode delivery, your learning experience and the steps we’ll be taking to keep you safe on campus if you are able to join us, please see our COVID-19 information for applicants and offer holders.


Key information

Start dateOctober 2020
Campus: Hammersmith
ECTS: 90 credits
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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 programme runs successfully through a combination of educational materials and opportunities to interact online alongside more traditional teaching methods. This blended format of delivery consists of teaching sessions (face-to-face or made available online), live webinars, discussion fora, formative and summative assessments administered through our virtual learning environment, and a range of resources to facilitate self-study and progression. This allows for much of the programme to be studied remotely if required.

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

As an academic degree, it does not provide candidates with an 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 successful completion of the national examinations.

Each specialism is run independently in its respective hospital department. You will have exposure to the real life workings of a department and to patients, gaining hands-on experience through a placement with Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

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 within the field of 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.

Structure

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

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

Structure

Echocardiography (full-time)

Year 1

Physics of Ultrasound

Module Leader: Abigail Thrush
Ultrasound relies on signals from the patient that are captured, processed and displayed by machines. The interpretation of physical signals is the indispensable basis of clinical practice in ultrasound. You will learn how these signals arise from the interaction of ultrasound with tissue, the role of instrumentation, and how equipment controls are applied to optimise images. 

Ultrasound Specialism: Echocardiography

Module Leader: Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos
The module examines a comprehensive range of heart conditions encountered in clinical practice, including valvular heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart muscle and pericardial disease, endocarditis and systemic disease. You will learn applications of ultrasound physics in the normal heart, and in the range of cardiac pathologies, as well as the pathophysiology of various heart conditions.

Clinical Studies: Echocardiography

Module Leader: Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos
You will learn to perform and interpret a comprehensive diagnostic cardiac ultrasound examination in defined clinical settings, before and after treatment. You will learn to obtain optimised images and to make and interpret a scan under observation by a professional. Both of these skills will be assessed.

Experimental Design and Individual Project

Module Leader: Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos
You will design and implement your own research project in ultrasound, and consolidate your skill in the use of statistical principles. During the research project, you will pass a series of milestones, including submission of a proposal, an essay and a presentation. The project culminates in the submission of a dissertation, and a viva voce exam. There is a separate assessment in statistical principles.

Vascular (full-time)

Year 1

Physics of Ultrasound

Module Leader: Abigail Thrush
Ultrasound relies on signals from the patient that are captured, processed and displayed by machines. The interpretation of physical signals is the indispensable basis of clinical practice in ultrasound. You will learn how these signals arise from the interaction of ultrasound with tissue, the role of instrumentation, and how equipment controls are applied to optimise images.

Ultrasound Specialism: Vascular Ultrasound

Module Leader: Dr Mohammed Aslam
You will study the application of ultrasound imaging to vascular anatomy, normal function, and pathophysiology. The nature of ultrasound signals from healthy and diseased tissue gives clues to diagnosis, and you will learn about the interpretation of these signals in diagnostic techniques. Moreover, vascular tissue can be probed by various physical modalities, depending on the clinical question, and you will study the different elements of the toolkit.

Clinical Studies: Vascular Ultrasound

Module Leader: Dr Mohammed Aslam
You will learn to perform and interpret a comprehensive diagnostic vascular ultrasound examination in defined clinical settings, before and after treatment. You will learn to obtain optimised images and to make and interpret a scan under observation by a professional. Both of these skills will be assessed. You will also carry out a reflective observation of a clinical session by a skilled practitioner.

Experimental Design and Individual Project

Module Leader: Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos
You will design and implement your own research project in ultrasound, and consolidate your skill in the use of statistical principles. During the research project, you will pass a series of milestones, including submission of a proposal, an essay and a presentation. The project culminates in the submission of a dissertation, and a viva voce exam. There is a separate assessment in statistical principles.

Vascular (part-time)

Year 1

Physics of Ultrasound

Module Leader: Abigail Thrush
Ultrasound relies on signals from the patient that are captured, processed and displayed by machines. The interpretation of physical signals is the indispensable basis of clinical practice in ultrasound. You will learn how these signals arise from the interaction of ultrasound with tissue, the role of instrumentation, and how equipment controls are applied to optimise images. 

Ultrasound Specialism: Vascular Ultrasound

Module Leader: Dr Mohammed Aslam
You will study the application of ultrasound imaging to vascular anatomy, normal function, and pathophysiology. The nature of ultrasound signals from healthy and diseased tissue gives clues to diagnosis, and you will learn about the interpretation of these signals in diagnostic techniques. Moreover, vascular tissue can be probed by various physical modalities, depending on the clinical question, and you will study the different elements of the toolkit.

Clinical Studies 1: Arterial Ultrasound

Module Leader: Dr Mohammed Aslam
You will learn and practice Clinical Studies over two modules, Clinical Studies 1 and 2. In this first module, you will utilise the scanning equipment in a clinical setting, obtaining scan data for interpretation under the guidance of an ultrasound professional. As part of your training, you will keep a log book of scans that you have made. The module culminates in your observation of a skilled practitioner's diagnostic scanning session, and your focused reflection on what you have observed.

Year 2

Clinical Studies 2: Venous Ultrasound

Module Leader: Dr Mohammed Aslam
You will learn and practice Clinical Studies over two modules, Clinical Studies 1 and 2. In this second module, you will deepen your skill in operating scanning equipment in a clinical setting, under the guidance of an ultrasound professional. As part of your training, you will expand the log book of scans that you started in Clinical Studies 1. The module culminates in a direct observation of your practical skills by an experienced operator.

Experimental Design and Individual Project

Module Leader: Professor Petros Nihoyannopoulos
You will design and implement your own research project in ultrasound, and consolidate your skill in the use of statistical principles. During the research project, you will pass a series of milestones, including submission of a proposal, an essay and a presentation. The project culminates in the submission of a dissertation, and a viva voce exam. There is a separate assessment in statistical principles.

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

There are two full days of lectures each week between October and January. There is also one day of lectures between January and March. Mock examinations on the lecture content take place in April, and final exams in June.

You will be allocated to groups for practical department sessions and will be in the department at least one day per week. 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 one of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals; Hammersmith, Charing Cross Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s or St. Mary’s Hospital. There is a viva voce examination on your research project in September.

The vascular stream can be taken both full-time in one year and part-time over two years.

Entry requirements

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

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in medicine, biological sciences, engineering or physical sciences.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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

We will start considering applications in December. We consider applications in batches and make a proportion of offers at a set point each month, starting from January.

It takes four to six weeks to process an application and make a decision. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to interview.

How to apply

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

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

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)

2020 entry
Full-time (either stream) £12,000 per year
Part-time (vascular stream only) £6,000 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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2020 entry
Full-time £35,600 per year
Part-time £17,800 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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

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 from the UK government.

For 2019-20 entry, the maximum amount was of £10,906. 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.

Further information

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Got a question?

Enquiries
Tony Steedman (Course Administrator)
T: +44 (0)20 3313 1606
E: medultrasound@imperial.ac.uk

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