Diagnostic Imaging (Medical Ultrasound) PGDip

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
24 months part time
Entry requirements
A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related subject and professional registration and experience.
Full entry requirements
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
UK fees
£9,000 (Total)
International fees
£20,666 (Total)

Course overview

the postgraduate ultrasound diagnostic imaging course trains professionals to scan patients using ultrasound

Our PGDip in Diagnostic Imaging (Medical Ultrasound) is the qualification required to be employed as a general sonographer in clinical practice. At Leeds, we deliver a high quality, research-led educational experience to develop graduates into highly competent practitioners who will contribute positively to the healthcare service provision.

With us, you will develop a sophisticated understanding of the underpinning scientific, technical and professional principles/concepts of Medical Ultrasound informed by knowledge at the forefront of advanced clinical practice.

Make an Impact

On this course you will:

  • Learn from leading experts in Medical Ultrasound.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational scientific and professional principles and concepts.
  • Build your academic and clinical skills, in-depth knowledge and understanding, research and professional practice in Medical Ultrasound.
  • Master complex psycho-motor skills, critical judgement and decision making behaviours related to the acquisition, interpretation and reporting of Medical Ultrasound examinations.
  • Tailor your learning to your personal and professional interests with a choice of optional modules including obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound.

Leeds PGDip Ultrasound course

The PGDip Diagnostic Imaging offered by the University of Leeds was approved and accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) for a period of five years, from June 2021 to June 2026 inclusive.

Course details

Clinical modules require you to obtain a clinical placement and to undertake 300 hours of clinical practice for a 30 credit module in addition to the taught content. Each 30 credit module requires 8-10 days attendance at the University (3-5 days for 15 credits). This is in addition to independent learning.

All students need employment with, or secondment to, a clinical medical ultrasound department or access to clinical medical ultrasound facilities.

All students undertaking programmes on the medical ultrasound pathway or one of the medical ultrasound clinical modules without a previous ultrasound qualification will study a combination of the two compulsory modules (Science and Technology of Ultrasound and Professional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging) plus at least one optional module from the list below.

Students may be able to choose up to 30 credits of modules from other programmes within the School/faculty at the discretion of the programme team.

Course structure

The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our terms and conditions.

For more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course, please read Diagnostic Imaging (Medical Ultrasound) PGDip in the course catalogue

Year 1 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Science and Technology of Ultrasound 15
Professional Issues in Diagnostic Imaging 15

Year 1 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Gynaecological Ultrasound 30
General Medical Ultrasound 30
Obstetric Ultrasound 30

Year 2 optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

Module Name Credits
Gynaecological Ultrasound 30
General Medical Ultrasound 30
Obstetric Ultrasound 30

Learning and teaching

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


The assessment methods have been carefully chosen to develop the skills that you will utilise in specialist Medical Ultrasound clinical practice.

These will consist of unseen written examinations, case reports and assessment of competence to practice. In addition, you will undertake formative presentations and examinations. The assessment of competence to practice will take place through a summative clinical assessment.


Entry requirements

  1. Normally a BSc (at least 2:1) Honours degree from a recognised higher education institution in an appropriate health related subject. Applicants with a 2.2 and 1 year of appropriate clinical experience would also be considered.

  2. Applicants must have secured a suitable clinical placement and: employment with, or secondment to, a diagnostic imaging department or with access to medical ultrasound facilities, approved by the University of Leeds plus identification of two suitably qualified clinical mentors within this department.

  3. Employer’s agreement to undertake the course and provide adequate time and facilities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme must be secured. Satisfactory references and attendance at an admissions event.

Advanced standing

Students may access the Post Graduate Diploma if they have already obtained a relevant (medical ultrasound) Post Graduate Certificate or related academic credit from the University of Leeds within the last five years and have maintained their clinical practice/CPD in the interim. The process used will be via accreditation of prior learning (APL) but students who return within five years can be assured of acceptance. Opportunities for accreditation of prior certificated learning (APCL) and or accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) are available.

International students

International students will be able to access the course if they have an approved clinical placement in their home country with two suitably trained mentors. All students must attend all the mandatory face-to-face taught content on campus. In addition, they must able to access any synchronous taught elements of the course online (if available).

This programme is not suitable for international applicants who require a student visa. International applicants who do not require a student visa may be able to access this programme by special arrangement. Please contact admissions for further information.

Please ensure that a copy of your NHS ID badge by scan or photograph is sent with your application.

Please ensure that a CV is also sent with your application which includes your full employment history (in addition to these roles being entered into the CRM history table)

This programme is not suitable for international applicants who require a student visa. International applicants who do not require a student visa may be able to access this programme by special arrangement. Please contact admissions for further info.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component.

Due to competition for places we will give preference to applicants who exceed our minimum entry requirements.

How to apply

Applications are considered on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications may close before the deadline date if numbers accepted reach capacity.

The ‘Apply’ link at the top of this page takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Places are limited and courses may become full and close before the application deadline.


A reference indicating managerial consent in support of your application including indication that you have secured a clinical placement and that you have the relevant academic requirements for the programme. OR the placement document can be completed instead of this.

Additionally, you will be required to complete a placement document to be submitted with your application through the CRM.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Medicine Taught Postgraduate Policy 2024

This course is taught by

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Contact us

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions

Email: pgmed-admissions@leeds.ac.uk


UK: £9,000 (Total)

International: £20,666 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees
Fees for part-time courses are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

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 on our living costs and budgeting page.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Our course will provide you with both practical, field-specific and broader transferable skills which will strengthen your career outlook. Our experienced staff and wider support team within the University will be on hand to guide you through any career development considerations you have, and you’ll gain a recognised qualification to showcase the standard and rigour of your work.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more about Careers support.