Medical Ultrasound (Echocardiography)

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Local:$ 12.4 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 37.9 k / Year(s)  
11 place StudyQA ranking:6843 Duration:1 year

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This  course aims to provide clinicians and medical scientists with intensive training in both the theoretical basis of medical ultrasound and the required scanning and diagnostic skills in the various specialties.

The programme is both academic and vocational in nature. It aims to produce students who can use research and development skills in order to develop the field of Medical Ultrasound.

The students complete all aspects of the MSc and will spend three days per week in ultrasound clinics in one or more of the following centres: the Hammersmith, Charing Cross, St Mary’s Hospitals, training to reach an agreed proficiency or competency level of scanning and diagnosis. 
Each module runs independently in their respective departments. Students are placed within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (subject to honorary contract approval) and have ample 
exposure to patients and get a lot of hands-on experience.
 research project forms a major part of the programme and students will be expected to plan and carry out a major piece of independent research under the guidance of their supervisor.
Part 1 - Core topics 
Discuss the scientific  principles of ultrasound wave propagation and interaction with tissue including attenuation, reflection and scattering, non-linear propagation and its use in harmonic imaging
Understand the construction and operation of multi element array ultrasound transducers
Discuss the scientific  principles of pulse echo ultrasound and ultrasound image formation including factors that affect frame rate and image resolution
Discuss the scientific  principles of the Doppler effect and the principles behind continuous wave Doppler, pulsed wave Doppler,  Colour flow imaging and spectral  Doppler display
Demonstrate the ability to optimise B-mode imaging, colour flow imaging, and spectral Doppler display controls in order to maximise the quality of the ultrasound investigation.
Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of haemodynamics both in normal and diseased vessels including the relationship between pressure gradient, flow and resistance to flow, velocity changes through stenosis, velocity profiles and venous flow.
Understand, recognise and minimise imaging and Doppler artefacts
Discuss the safe use of ultrasound including knowledge of bioeffects and the purpose of MI/TI.
Discuss QA of vascular ultrasound equipment and contribute to QA programmes in vascular science
Demonstrate a scientific understanding of new technologies e.g.  3 and 4D, contrast imaging, elastography
Recognise the limitations of ultrasound

Part 2 - Echocardiography

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Laboratory practicals
Laboratory practicals are usually run every day of the week except on Thursdays when you have lectures and start at 09.15 a.m. Because practicals involve patients, you will need to be introduced to the patient by a member of staff and be allocated a specific time for scanning. You will need to be polite and courteous with the patent and assure that they are lying comfortably. You should not exceed 30 minutes of scanning time per patient.

Project dissertations
Allocation of projects and supervisors will be arranged during the period October to December taking into account wherever possible the academic interests of individual students.  Research projects will be available in the laboratories of the Echo or Vascular depts within Imperial College/Hammersmith, Charing Cross Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s or St. Mary’s Hospital.

Applicants will require an Honours degree with a minimum grade of Lower Second (2:1 or equivalent) in medicine or a biological, engineering, physical science subject. Candidates with a degree in medicine will be eligible for consideration without experience.

Candidates with a degree in another science subject must demonstrate relevant experience. Candidates with three years of work experience but without a degree may be considered, subject to a special qualifying examination. Candidates with a medical background should note that GMC registration is not required for the course.

Participants will be classified as ‘postgraduate students’ and will work under the supervision of qualified staff. The treatment of patients remains the responsibility of hospital staff at all times.

Students registering for the part-time course (only available in Vascular) must be working at least three days per week in a vascular clinic for the duration of the course


Dean's Master's Scholarships

Home/EU Students

  • Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000

  • 5 places are available

Overseas Students

  • Full tuition fees and a stipend of £17,000

  • 4 places are available

Stipends will be paid in monthly instalments, subject to satisfactory progression. Awardees on courses which last more than a year will have their £17,000 stipend spread over the full lengh of the degree. 

The Faculty offers a wide range of Master's degree courses, as well as PG Certificates and Diplomas, and all students will belong to the Graduate School, which provides a comprehensive Transferable Skills Programme. 

 For any queries not covered here, please email James Osborne (PGT Administrator, Faculty of Medicine) at

Please note that there may be other scholarships offered by Schools, Institutes and Departments that make up the Faculty of Medicine. These are separate from the Dean's and Faculty Master's Scholarships described here and entail a different application process. 


General Eligibility

These awards are open to all students who have made an application to the Faculty of Medicine by 30 April 2015 for admission to study for a full time or part time Master's course* at Imperial College London, starting in October 2015 (*or PG Cert for a course where that is the only route to the higher degree).

Please note that these awards can only be given to students who are studying a course run by the Faculty of Medicine. For a full list of these courses, please see our Master's Degree page. 

It is not essential for applicants to have already received an offer of a place on a course, but the initial course application must be made before applying for a scholarship.

Residence Eligibility

Applications are accepted from talented candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide. There are no restrictions on nationality.

Academic Eligibility

  • Candidates are expected to be able to provide evidence of outstanding academic ability. This will usually mean being among the highest achievers in their undergraduate cohort and in receipt of, or due to receive, a first class UK Honours degree or equivalent.

  • An applicant who does not meet this requirement (e.g. holds a second class undergraduate degree, is a health professional who did not undertake a degree course, or is from a non-traditional background*), will be considered if they are able to demonstrate that they have outstanding academic potential and substantial experience relevant to their chosen subject area. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form. (*Those applicants without a degree will be required, where available, to pass a Special Qualifying Examination to gain entry to the chosen course).

  • Candidates with degrees from overseas institutions are strongly urged to determine if their scores/grades are equivalent to the relevant eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates who already have a postgraduate qualification should justify their request to have an additional postgraduate course funded by the faculty. This should be included in the Personal Statement section of the application form.

  • Candidates who wish to apply for a Master's course which starts as a PG Cert or PG Dip will only be considered if they are committed to completing the course to Master's level.

  • Scholarships awarded based on predicted grades will be conditional upon final results.

How to Apply
In order to be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships, potential candidates will need to have first applied for a place on a Master's course in the Faculty of Medicine. It is not essential to wait for an offer of a place to be made, but the initial course application must be made before submitting a scholarship application. To apply for a Master's course, please use our online admission system. 

Once the application for the course has been submitted, those who wish to apply for a scholarship should complete our online form (Note: the Scholarship award panel will assess candidates on their scholarship application form NOT their course application, so make sure all key information is included in your scholarship application). The form will need to be completed in a single session, so please have the following information prepared:

  • Personal statement (not more than 1000 words).
  • Details of qualifications, achievements, awards, relevant experience and publications.
  • The title/s of the course/s which you have applied for.

Shortlisting will take place in May 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interviews which are currently scheduled for the week commencing Monday 8 June 2015. All interviews will take place via Skype between 9.00 and 17.00 BST. The scholarship application form includes a question regarding your country of residence in June 2015. We will use this information to identify your time zone and try to tailor your interview time accordingly, although we cannot guarantee that the slot allocated to you will be convenient for your time zone. 

All candidates will be informed of the decision by the end of June 2015.


We will use the references that you provide as part of your course application process. Please do not send references to us directly as we will be unable to accept them. It is not essential that we receive your references in time to consider your scholarship application, although their absence may weaken your application. It is therefore recommended that you contact your referees directly to ask that they respond to your course application reference request before Friday 8 May 2015 (one week after scholarship applications close).

Terms and conditions

When applying for Faculty of Medicine Master's Degree Scholarships, candidates must agree to Imperial's terms and conditions regarding scholarships and bursaries. 

Please note, the following conditions override the standard Imperial terms and conditions:

  • Both part time and full time students are eligible to apply.

  • An offer of a place is not required before applying, but candidates must first apply for a Master's course run by the Faculty of Medicine before applying for a scholarship.

  • Candidates who do not apply through the online form will not be considered for the Dean's Master's Scholarships.

  • Successful applicants who receive a Dean's Master's Scholarship will not be allowed to accept any other form of scholarship or bursary provided by Imperial College London for study during the 2015/16 academic year.

  • Scholarship stipends will be paid in monthly instalments over the length of the course, subject to satisfactory progress. Students on courses which are part time or start as a PG Cert will have their stipend paid in equal monthly instalments over the full length of the course.

  • Awardees will be required to participate in a small number of promotional activities during the course of their studies and allow their image to be used by Imperial for publicity purposes. Such activities may include (but are not limited to) attending special events and producing occassional print or web copy.

​Deadline for applications is Midnight 30 April 2015

Applicants will be given a decision by 30 June 2015.

Applications are invited from outstanding candidates from Imperial College London, the UK and worldwide who have the potential to become leaders in their field. 

Students are expected to attend all formal teaching sessions (usually one day per week) and three days a week in the ultrasound clinics. One day per week is allocated to private study but students are expected to undertake private study of at least 2-3 hours additionally in their own time.

Tuition fees (2015–2016):

  • Home/EU Full-time — £9,500; 
  • Overseas Full-time — £29,100.
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