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Postgraduate Diploma Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging

Postgraduate Diploma Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging


The details
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging
October 2021
5 years
Colchester Campus

We understand that you may not have the time to do a full-time degree, so our CPD pathways allow you to study flexibly, in the way that best suits you. The structure, mode of delivery and level of support allow you to progress towards a qualification at postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma or Masters level.

This pathway supports clinicians from a range of professional backgrounds to access musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging. You’ll engage with the technical considerations that underpin this imaging modality prior to musculoskeletal scanning protocols. Face-to-face teaching takes place at weekends at our Colchester Campus. You’ll require a mentor to complete the clinical learning components of the PGCert. The pathway includes optional modules covering ultrasound guided injections or service evaluation. We will:

  • Provide you with critical understanding of the key concepts underlying musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Provide you with the opportunity to acquire practical musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging skills
  • Ensure that you acquire a range of transferable employment related skills
  • Enable you to evaluate and respond to professional considerations related to musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging
  • Provide you with skills to access, and critically appraise, research findings to develop your own evidence-based practice
  • Enhance your understanding of the essential principles of research design and to conduct an extensive piece of independent research including: planning, formulating, designing, choosing research methods, collecting data, analysing, interpreting and writing-up

This course sits within our School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences. This provides an exciting opportunity to join a community specifically focused on sports and exercise science, sports therapy and physiotherapy. This will allow us to bring together our internationally recognised research, share knowledge, and enhance placement and vocational opportunities for our students and graduates.

Why we're great.
  • Study flexibly with a part-time CPD pathway.
  • Expand your musculoskeletal knowledge with a focus on imaging, including ultrasonography, or patient management including injection therapy.
  • Work with leading experts from a range of fields, including consultant physiotherapists and sonographers.
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Our expert staff

We have a range of university staff and external expert specialists who work with us. Our priority is to ensure the professional diversity of musculoskeletal ultrasound is represented so clinicians who scan lists in radiology and point of care practitioners are used to support the course teaching.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A relevant first degree OR a relevant professional experience or qualifications that demonstrates ability to study at Level 7.
  • A minimum of 1 year post-registration experience and relevant musculoskeletal experience.
  • Current Registration with the relevant UK or equivalent professional body.
  • HCPC or equivalent registration e.g. in case of doctors (GMC) and Nurses (NMC), non-radiographer sonographers must evidence their qualification.
  • Access to support in the work place, (or mentor’s workplace) to enable completion clinical learning requirements. To register on Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice, (SE709) students must provide a completed Practice Mentorship Agreement, (see module guide for SE709).

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging

This module is an essential component of all the Postgraduate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging awards. It aims to develop students’ knowledge of the theoretical principles that underpin ultrasound imaging. The science related to ultrasound generation and image production will be explored in order for students to be able to link these theoretical elements to practical considerations. Students will become familiar with common ultrasound artefacts and their impact on ultrasound imaging. They will understand the key factors that influence equipment choice alongside the responsibilities for equipment maintenance and other quality assurance processes

View Technical Considerations in Ultrasound Imaging on our Module Directory

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice

This module aims to develop students' knowledge relating to the clinical application of musculoskeletal ultrasound. Students will have been introduced to musculoskeletal scanning including standard scanning protocols; this module will then enable students to explore the modality's utilisation in contemporary healthcare. Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging is a modality growth phase, it can be found in many clinical environments beyond the traditional domain of radiology. A variety of professionals have incorporated this modality into their clinical practice, students can access mentorship in any appropriate clinical environment e.g. general practice, physiotherapy, sports medicine, rheumatology if they are able to find support from a suitably qualified mentor. This module has been designed to provide a robust and transparent process for monitoring and assessment of students' clinisl progress and competence.

View Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Professional Practice on our Module Directory

Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

This module is an essential component of all the Postgraduate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging awards. It introduces students to the practical skill of musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging including the ESSR protocols. The role of imaging for different professional groups is acknowledged including the varied documentation and communication requirements.

View Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound on our Module Directory

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record

This module is a component of the Postgraduate Diploma or MSc Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging. Students who have completed the modules that make up the Postgraduate Certificate Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging will have passed summative assessments confirming clinical competency. Whilst enrolled on the modules of the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc, students must be able to demonstrate they are continuing to scan and are therefore maintaining their clinical skills. This module has no fee attached; students maintain a logbook to demonstrate they are maintaining their scanning competency.

View Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Clinical Skills Experience - Scanning Record on our Module Directory

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections

This module is suited for clinicians who are competent musculoskeletal ultrasound scanning practitioners but have no injection experience. It aims to develop students’ knowledge, practical use and clinical application of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections. The clinical role of ultrasound guided musculoskeletal injections relates to the evidence base supporting its role in the management of many musculoskeletal presentations and the increasing requirement for clinicians to guarantee the site of injection, thereby providing evidence of needle placement.

View Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Guided Injections on our Module Directory

Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy

This module aims to enable you, as an experienced practitioner in the field of musculoskeletal practice (general practitioner, physiotherapist, occupational therapist e.g. hand therapist or nurse, e.g. in rheumatology), to extend your scope of practice to include the use of palpation guided injection therapy. Injections of common peripheral musculoskeletal pathologies are covered including pharmacology principles related to corticosteroids and local anaesthetics, professional issues and prescribing frameworks.

View Soft Tissue and Joint Injection Therapy on our Module Directory

Statistical Analysis

This module is ideal if you have no previous experience of quantitative methods. It introduces you to basic and intermediate statistical concepts and procedures, emphasising practical applications rather than mathematics; although a small amount of elementary mathematics is inevitably required.

View Statistical Analysis on our Module Directory

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee


International fee


EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

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If you are intending to follow a modular programme, please email sres@essex.ac.uk. You will be guided through how to apply and we will refer you to the relevant programme or module lead to discuss your plans.

From this discussion, a formal outline of the most suitable modules for your professional and personal circumstances will be produced. Although your plans may change over time this formal document helps us plan delivery of modules over the coming years, and where relevant it helps your sponsor to plan funding arrangements as appropriate.

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

We recognise the importance of your previous academic learning and professional experience, and you can use both to gain credit value towards the specific programme you are interested in, known as Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning or APEL.

APEL is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in this option please email us at sres@essex.ac.uk before you apply. It is necessary to highlight any prior learning before you apply as the modules you wish to study may be dependent on this. For further information on our AP(E)L procedure, please review the University’s Quality Enhancement information.

Application forms and supporting documents

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Module application

If you are interested in applying for a specific module, you will need to complete the module application form:

Your application and funding

If you are being funded by your employer, please obtain your line manager’s signature once you have completed the application form including how payment will be made and, if you work within the NHS, forward to your Education Liaison Manager for processing.

If you are self-funded, please complete the application form providing the required information and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct you on how to make payments.

If you are being funded by a charitable organisation, please complete the application form, with the signature of the person providing the funds and the way in which they will be paying, and forward to our contracts administrator, who will then instruct your sponsor on how to make payments.

Once we have received your signed and completed application form we will write to confirm if you have been successful in gaining a place.

Module contact: Sue Innes (inness@essex.ac.uk) and Ian Mounteney (imount@essex.ac.uk or call 01206 873348).

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