Diagnostic Imaging (Medical Ultrasound) MSc

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Start date
September 2024
Delivery type
On campus
36 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
£13,500 (Total)
International fees
£30,999 (Total)

Course overview

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

The most advanced qualification we offer in Medical Ultrasound, our MSc is rooted in expertise. At the forefront of advanced and consultant practice, you will explore current issues and research relating to Medical Ultrasound and its role in the diagnosis and management of disease.

Shaped around the training priorities of the NHS development framework, we provide comprehensive education in Medical Ultrasound clinical techniques and core scientific principles. Advance your career and develop into a highly skilled practitioner – you'll soon be ready to make an impact on patient outcomes through your work in this vital field.

Make an impact

This course gives you the opportunity to:

  • Learn from leading experts in Medical Ultrasound.
  • Make a contribution to evidence-based medical ultrasound practice.
  • Develop your understanding of foundational scientific and professional principles and concepts.
  • Demonstrate specialist knowledge and understanding of clinical equipment and examinations across a broad range of Medical Ultrasound techniques.
  • Tailor your learning to your personal and professional interests with a choice of optional modules including obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound.

Leeds PGDip Ultrasound course

MSc Diagnostic Imaging (Medical Ultrasound) 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

Our course delivers a high quality, research-led educational experience to develop exceptional practitioners.

With us you will make a contribution to evidence-based imaging practice, and gain specialist in-depth knowledge of techniques in Medical Ultrasound.

You will:

  • Critically appraise the need for imaging and image-guided investigations and procedures.
  • Interpret and report Medical Ultrasound examinations to local and national standards.
  • Critically evaluate examinations for technical and diagnostic quality.
  • Develop ideas and hypotheses to address clinical or professional problems and implement plans to investigate these using research, service evaluation or practice development methodologies.
  • Collect, analyse and synthesise original data to a high standard of research ethics and governance.

There are two compulsory modules in Year 1. In Year 2 you can chose form a selection of optional modules. There are two compulsory modules in Year 3.

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) MSc 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

Year 3 compulsory modules

Module Name Credits
Diagnostic Imaging Dissertation 45
Research for Diagnostic Imaging 15

Year 3 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.


Entry requirements

  • 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 one year of appropriate clinical experience would also be considered.
  • Applicants must have secured a suitable clinical placement and employment with, or secondment to, a medical ultrasound department or placement with access to medical ultrasound facilities, approved by the University of Leeds. You'll need to identify two suitably qualified clinical mentors within this department.
  • Your 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 MSc if they have already obtained a relevant (Medical Ultrasound) Postgraduate 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.

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.

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

The application deadline is 31 August 2024.

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. For applicants from within the NHS, please ensure that a copy of your ID badge by scan or photography 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).

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. The placement document can be completed instead of this.

Additionally you will be required to submit a placement document alongside your application via 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

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Contact us

School of Medicine Postgraduate Admissions

Email: pgmed-admissions@leeds.ac.uk


UK: £13,500 (Total)

International: £30,999 (Total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

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

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

Designed with the training priorities of the NHS development framework in mind, our course provides ideal preparation for career advancement through the training it provides.

Our team is hugely experienced, and we’re always on hand to provide guidance on issues around career progression and development to ensure that you get the most out of your time studying with us.

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.