ModuleMusculo Skeletal Ultrasound

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Duration Part-time, 1 Year
Start date September yearly
Entry Requirements Programme specification (PDF)
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Programme delivery update

We have adopted an online ‘blended’ learning approach to teaching on the ultrasound programme and our modules are taught in block release. Our suggestion is therefore that you are given this time by your placement to access the learning materials and tutorials on the scheduled module dates/times in a location that is best suited for you to learn, e.g. in a suitable quiet location at your placement site, or at home.

Most modules will have an element of live virtual tutorial type sessions using Blackboard Collaborate or Microsoft Teams, which you will be expected to engage with. You will need a suitable laptop or PC with speakers and a webcam and adequate internet access/broadband speed to work remotely on-line. Some modules may also have a campus based clinical skills element to the teaching.

The delivery of your modules may vary from tutor to tutor, module to module, so please always follow the guidance of your module leader and module Blackboard site. Please understand this approach to module delivery is new to us as well, so please try to be patient and understanding, we are doing our very best to ensure you remain supported throughout your learning.

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There is also some further information related to on-line study here on our website which you may find helpful:


Our Musculo Skeletal Ultrasound module is designed for those already in possession of a CASE accredited ultrasound qualification (PGCert or above) who wish to expand their scope of practice. It can be taken as a single module for continuing professional development.

This module will equip you with skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. Tuition is given by leading experts in the field. 

This module covers the following:

  • Applied normal and abnormal cross sectional anatomy of the musculoskeletal system including normal variants and complex pathology related to joints, muscles, tendons and superficial soft tissues.
  • Ultrasound appearances, assessment and measurements in normal and abnormal conditions related to the shoulder, elbow, wrist/hand. Hip, knee, foot/ankle, superficial soft tissues and anterior abdominal wall.
  • Biomechanics and mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury.
  • The role of colour and power Doppler in musculoskeletal imaging.
  • Current examination protocols and imaging guidelines.
  • The role of dynamic ultrasound assessment of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Report writing relating to musculoskeletal ultrasound.

The module is part of the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) programme, which is accredited by CASE (Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education), allowing you to practice ultrasound in the UK and some overseas countries, on successful completion of the programme. The module itself is not CASE accredited as a stand-alone module.

Course options

This course is also available as a University Award or as part of a postgraduate degree.

PgC Medical Imaging: Ultrasound

PgD Medical Imaging: Ultrasound

MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) (part-time)

Graduate destinations

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to provide evidence of preparation for practice to the standards required for a first post-qualification sonographer role. We have consulted with local ultrasound service partners who have confirmed that this would allow employment of graduates in most regional NHS contexts.

However, applicants from a non-health care background should note that, at present, employment in some NHS Trusts would not be possible due to the requirement for professional registration. These potential restrictions on employment will be discussed with you during the application process and you will be asked to sign a memorandum of agreement confirming your understanding and acceptance.

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