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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PGCert

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1 year part-time



UK / EU £1,643 (part-time)

International £3,000 (part-time)

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Do you currently work in the field of musculoskeletal or sports medicine and want to develop your skills in musculoskeletal ultrasound? On this course you'll receive high quality training and education that combines with workplace learning to achieve a postgraduate qualification.

This programme of study has been uniquely developed by The Ultrasound Site Ltd in collaboration with Brunel, as we recognise that there are a number of allied health and medical professions utilising musculoskeletal ultrasound in their practice. You'll learn not only the core skill of musculoskeletal ultrasound image generation, interpretation and reporting but also understand the impact this can have on patient care. During your study, you'll be able to utilise all of our available pedagogy resources.

This programme is taught by full time clinicians working in the NHS and private sectors, in both point of care and radiology roles. This offers an exciting combination of clinical expertise, bridging the different clinical domains where musculoskeletal ultrasound is used.

This course will run on the following dates during 2019/20:

The fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound: 18th, 19th and 20th September 2019, 9th and 10th November 2019 and 11th December 2019

Integrating musculoskeletal ultrasound into practice: 15th and 16th January 2020, 21st and 22nd March 2020 and 6th May 2020

From September 2020, you'll also be able to study this course part-time starting in January. 

Please note, this course is pending accreditation with the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

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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.

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UK entry requirements

  • A UK first or 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification.
  • Registered to practise as an allied health or medically trained professional.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council or General Medical Council in one of the relevant allied health professions, or equivalent for other professionals.
  • Able to demonstrate support from your employer / sponsor including confirmation that you’ll have appropriate supervised practise in the clinical area in which you’re expected to use ultrasonography.
  • Have sufficient relevant post-qualification experience in the clinical area in which you’ll be scanning.
  • Able to demonstrate that clinical governance arrangements are in place to support safe and use of diagnostic ultrasonography.
  • Have an approved clinical mentor who has agreed to offer you a situational learning experience. This is advised to be a minimum of 14 hours per week.
  • Have demonstrable DBS checks and immunisations.
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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)

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



£1,643 part-time


£3,000 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 knowledge checks
  • OSCE and VIVA
  • 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
  • Situational work based learning assessment

As part of the final assessment for the ‘Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice' module, you’ll be expected to perform a practical ultrasound scan examination on three patients. This is assessed by your mentor, as well as an independent assessor. The independent assessor is to be arranged by you for this purpose. Both the mentor and independent assessor are required to sign the relevant agreement prior to you starting this module.

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