MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate Medical Imaging

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The Medical Imaging MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate offer ideal opportunities for qualified practitioners (eg in Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy and Midwifery) wishing to advance their skills and career prospects within their area of specialism.

The MSc Medical Imaging course offers the following pathways:

  • Medical Ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

The course aims to:

  • ensure you are a skilled, competent and confident practitioner in Medical Ultrasound
  • enable you to be proactive in initiating and leading role developments in your specific field
  • integrate academic learning with the development of higher levels of professional practice.

“I have just completed an MSK PgCert course with Canterbury Christ Church University. The course was organised to suit much needed flexibility for people with busy work schedules. The tutors and presenters were excellent. I got tremendous support and encouragement from the tutors, especially with the Audit and Reflective analysis assignment. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone who wants to achieve or improve their competence in MSK ultrasound. Great course.”

Admore Mafikeni - Sonographer, 2016

The course is modular in structure and flexible. Each module attracts 20 credits at Master’s level (HE4). For the award of an MSc, you'll be required to successfully complete nine modules (180 credits). All pathways have a Postgraduate Certificate award comprising three modules (60 credits) and a Postgraduate Diploma award comprising six modules (120 credits).

The modules are a mixture of workplace-based (clinical applications), taught and research modules. The acquisition of specific competences takes place in the work setting under the supervision of an expert practitioner, underpinned by a learning agreement.

It is expected that all assignments will be relevant and specific to your own practice within the theoretical context and learning outcomes of the module. All assessments must be passed in order to gain the degree. Individual marks are not awarded. Students’ work is graded as fail, pass, merit or distinction and comprehensive written feedback is given.

Medical Ultrasound

To gain the award of Postgraduate Certificate you'll take two compulsory modules:

  • Enhancing Health and Wellbeing
  • Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound (taught).

You'll also take one of the Clinical Applications and Management modules offered:

  • Clinical Applications and Management I (workplace-based); obstetric
  • Clinical Applications and Management II (workplace-based); pelvic
  • Clinical Applications and Management III (workplace-based); abdominal
  • Clinical Applications and Management IV (workplace-based); superficial organs
  • Clinical Applications and Management VI (workplace-based); peripheral vascular arterial
  • Clinical Applications and Management VII (workplace-based); peripheral vascular venous

To gain the Postgraduate Diploma you'll take a further three modules. They must be either one or two other Clinical Applications and Management (workplace- based) modules plus one or two units from those listed in MSc Health and Wellbeing.

To gain the MSc you'll take three further modules:

  • Research Approaches and Methods (Taught)
  • Research Project (double module, Modality-Specific).

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Postgraduate Certificate

All students take:

  • Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound (taught)
  • Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (taught)
  • Clinical Applications and Management V (workplace-based); musculoskeletal.


2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £855 per module £1,485 per module

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Assessment includes long essays, seminar presentations, unseen written exams, written reports, projects and case studies and the research dissertation.

Candidates must offer a degree or a professional diploma in a relevant discipline plus evidence of current practice experience. Applicants must also be able to show evidence of their ability to study at Master’s level.

Candidates fulfilling these criteria could be invited for an informal interview to discuss their application, which would include a short personal statement. Evidence is sought from a referee about readiness for study and of a supportive, appropriate work environment.

At interview, your suitability to begin study at Master’s level, and assessment of how well the programme will meet your needs, is appraised through a robust dialogue about previous experience, current interests, perceived personal strengths and weaknesses, both academic and professional, and career development plans. The programme team is committed to the widest possible entry gate, offering places on a ’first come, first served’ basis, having due regard to the importance of constructing an interprofessional cohort.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of your specific profession, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect your offer to be based upon these values, as well as course any specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.

For more information, or to apply, contact the Programme Administrator

Tel: 01227 782418


For an informal discussion, please contact the Programme Director, Paul Lockwood

Tel: 01227 782085


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 2-6 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must offer a degree or a professional diploma in a relevant discipline (eg Diagnostic Radiography, Physiotherapy, Midwifery) plus evidence of current practice experience. Applicants must also be able to show evidence of their ability to study at Master's level.
  • Applicants must be registered with the HCPC, NMC or GMC, and be employed by the NHS or independent healthcare sector in the UK and have agreed access to a clinical placement in the relevant imaging modality.



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