University of Cumbria
Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) MSc
University of Cumbria

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

If you are a health care professional or vascular scientist wanting to enhance your professional career, then our course - accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) - will enable you to pursue a career in ultrasound.

This course will build on your experience in radiography, nursing, midwifery or other related professions or clinical specialisms and teach you the academic knowledge and safe clinical practice to meet national standards to work as a sonographer.

Your learning will be enhanced with plenty of work-based practical learning in our skills lab, which is equipped with the latest imaging workstations and houses one of the largest MedaPhor ultrasound simulation labs in the world.

Why Choose University of Cumbria

We have designed our course to meet the standards of CASE, regional and national stakeholders – including local ultrasound managers.

We provide a wide range of modules, including: obstetrics, gynaecology, general medical (abdominal and small parts), vascular, breast and musculoskeletal ultrasound training, but also negotiated areas of practice.

  • Eligible to apply for registration with SCoR Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers after graduation

  • Use top-of-the-range ultrasound equipment and test phantoms in our purpose-built labs, as well as simulated practice facilities (MedaPhor Scan Trainer), to support your clinical placement

  • Placement to enhance your academic knowledge and provide essential work-based experience*

  • Taught by a team of experienced ultrasound practitioners both in the university and in your clinical setting

  • Teaching is also supported by specialist external guest speakers who provide current, relevant course material directly related to clinical practice

  • Flexible course to fit around your work commitments, start dates in May, October or January

  • We have earned a reputation in specialist international research, so your studies will be up-to-date with current best practices

  • Select from a vast range of modules and negotiated clinical practice modules

  • Study in a friendly, professional environment

You can achieve competency to practice if you successfully complete both academic and clinical components of the programme to PgCert level or above.

You can also progress into the full MSc, to develop your academic qualifications even further.

So, if you have experience in radiography, nursing, midwifery or other related professions or clinical specialisms and have the support for a sponsored placement, then our MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) ensures you have the clinical competencies and safe practice to meet national standards and further your career.

*You must have a suitable clinical placement secured through an employer or sponsor before you apply for the course.

Learning and assessment are considered as interrelated, as the assessments enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the learning outcome of modules and the programme of study overall. Students are supported throughout the assessment process.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Medical Imaging (Ultrasound), MSc, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.

1st or 2nd Class Honours degree. Students with other qualifications may be admitted to the course via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) procedures. 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree, however those with a 2:2 will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. Minimum of 5 GCSE passes, grade ‘C’ or above to include Maths, English and Science (grade B or above for Science). Preference will be given to those with at least one science subject at A-level (or equivalent) at grade C or above. Applicants must demonstrate a thorough understanding of the subject area and clinical specialism. All applicants, who meet the entry requirements, will be asked to submit a 1500-word assignment. Only those who achieve a grade equivalent to 2:2 or above 50% (marked to level 6 undergraduate) will be invited to the next stage of the selection process. Non-standard entrants will be considered on a case by case basis. A particularly high standard of spoken and written English is necessary to cope with the clinical work on the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) course. Applicants who have not received their secondary school education in English will require an overall IELTS score of 7 with a mean score of 7 in all elements. Places are subject to a satisfactory Occupational Heath Check and Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Applicants should be aware that qualifications, personal statement, and references all form part of the selection criteria for this course.


Tuition Fees Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) MSc

England UK £10000
Northern Ireland £10000
Scotland £10000
Wales £10000

Additional fee information

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

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About University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is an institution whose stated aims are to develop the region’s talent and capabilities, and also to attract new talent into the region. The university operates out of 7 distinct campuses, two of which are situated within World Heritage sites and is the only university in the UK to be set in a national park. Each distinct campus has something unique to offer prospective students.

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