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Course summary

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'll 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'll 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 the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE), however your situational learning experience must be carried out in the UK or Republic of Ireland in order to gain this accreditation. This 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.


Year 1 Compulsory modules

  • The Fundamentals of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
- Integrating Musculoskeletal Ultrasound into Practice

Assessment method

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

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education

How to apply

International applicants

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

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.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7with no less than 6.5 in each subsection
Institution's Own Testwith no less than 65% in each subsection
TOEFL (iBT)100with a minimum of 20 in all subsections
PTE Academic64with a minimum of 58 in all sub scores

Brunel University London - English Language Requirements

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £3480 Year 1
EU £3480 Year 1
England £3480 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3480 Year 1
Scotland £3480 Year 1
Wales £3480 Year 1
Channel Islands £3480 Year 1
International £6365 Year 1

Additional fee information

For more information on any additional course-related costs visit Fees for EU applicants: For 2022/23 and 2023/24 academic year entry, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to support EU students during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

Sponsorship information

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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound PgCert at Brunel University London - UCAS