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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PgCert

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1 year part-time



UK / EU £3,286 (part-time)

International £6,000 (part-time)

Entry requirements


2020 changes

Click here to read about the changes we are making to our education delivery from September 2020, in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Diagnostic ultrasound is a rapidly developing area within musculoskeletal medicine with a number of allied health and medical professions utilising musculoskeletal ultrasound in their clinical practice.

Whether working within the NHS, private practice or elite sports, if you'd like to add the skills of diagnostic ultrasound assessment to your already established musculoskeletal assessment and treatment skills, the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PgCert is the course for you. Equally, if you're a radiologist or sonographer who wishes to expand their knowledge and skills of musculoskeletal scanning, this course provides the ideal training and support to help you achieve your goal.

You will be taught by full-time clinicians working in the NHS and private sectors, in both point of care and radiology roles. This offers you an exciting combination of clinical expertise, bridging the different clinical domains where musculoskeletal ultrasound is used. You will not only learn the core skill of musculoskeletal ultrasound image generation, interpretation and reporting but gain strong emphasis clinical relevance, clinical reasoning and learn the impact this can have on patient care.

At Brunel, we understand the challenges of fitting study around work and family life. This is why we also offer the modules from this programme as a CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development), so you can choose to study one module and return to complete the other module to achieve the full PGCert at a later date. To find out more and to apply please click here.

This course is accredited by Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE) accredited for UK situational learning experiences only and provides you with comprehensive training combined with workplace learning to help you become a musculoskeletal sonographer.

This programme has been developed in partnership with The Ultrasound Site Ltd, established market leaders in musculoskeletal ultrasound training.

Got a question about this course? Check out our FAQs page.

Course dates


The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound: This module starts on 16th September 2020. You'll be expected to attend contact or examination days on 16th, 17th and 18th September 2020, 7th and 8th November 2020 and 9th December 2020.

Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice: This module starts on 13th January 2021. You'll be expected to attend contact or examination days on 13th and 14th January 2021, 20th and 21st March 2021 and 5th May 2021.

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Course content

This programme comprises of two different modules. The PGCert modules are positioned within the M level postgraduate physiotherapy programme, emphasising the focus on clinical integration of this unique and dynamic imaging modality. On successful completion of both modules, you'll graduate with a PGCert in musculoskeletal ultrasound.

The 'Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice' module also includes a situational work based learning experience and assessment. Before commencing the experience you'll be required to arrange a clinical mentor.

This course can be studied 1 year part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

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Careers and your future

On successful completion of this course, you'll be able to demonstrate a competency based award in musculoskeletal ultrasound to employers. This will enable you to work autonomously as a musculoskeletal sonographer in a number of different clinical settings.

Watch this video to hear first-hand from our musculoskeletal ultrasound students and how this course is helping them in their field of work.

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UK entry requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in Health Care related subject that is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) or General Medical Council (GMC). After you apply email the Admissions Office with your HCPC or GMC registration number. We need this to assess your application.
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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)
  • TOEFL: 100 (min 20 in all areas)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding



£3,286 part-time


£6,000 part-time

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

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Teaching and Learning

Our academics are specialists in musculoskeletal ultrasound with extensive clinical experience. All of our team remain in clinical practice and currently work in hospitals and other clinical settings, so they'll be teaching you up-to-date scientific knowledge and musculoskeletal ultrasound skills.

Our lecturers are also active in research and often contribute to the development of professional guidelines, so you know you’re being taught by practising clinicians with a high profile in the sector.

Our teaching approaches are diverse and you’ll benefit from lectures, tutorials, practical sessions (small groups), study guides and our computer-based learning packages.

By studying your postgraduate degree with us you will be taught the most up-to-date clinical methods in a fast-moving field. Our team will teach you cutting-edge research through practical experience.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

During the course you'll be assessed in a variety of ways and you'll be assessed differently for each module.

The Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound module will be assessed via a:

  • Completion of mandatory online lectures with multiple choice questions
  • OSCE and VIVA
  • Physics multiple choice and short answer question paper

Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice will be assessed through a:

  • VIVA case study presentation
  • Logbook submission of 250 scans, including an audit of 100 supervised scans
  • Situational work based learning assessment
  • Final assessment of work based situational learning from mentor

As part of the final assessment for the ‘Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice' module, you'll be required to perform a practical ultrasound scan examination on three different patients. This is assessed by your mentor, as well as an independent assessor. You'll need to provide the details of three independent assessors for the final exam, of which one will be selected by the University. Both the mentor and independent assessor are required to sign the relevant agreement prior to you starting this module.

The clinical mentor and possible independent assessors MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Allied health professional who holds a CASE accredited / PG Cert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound with two years minimum experience following the completion
  • Musculoskeletal Radiologist with two years experience of using Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.