King’s College London for Vascular Ultrasound

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King’s College London for Vascular Ultrasound

King’s College London for Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

The Vascular Ultrasound programme is a part-time course for clinical scientists, radiographers, doctors and other health professionals who want to practice vascular ultrasound within their professional role. The programme integrates the underlying theoretical concepts with the professional practice of performing vascular examinations.


Key benefits

  • Expert teaching by leaders in the field of vascular ultrasound with guest lecturers delivering sessions on specialist topics
  • The programme provides a thorough grounding in the clinical skills needed to work in vascular ultrasound.
  • You will receive substantial lecture and tutor contact time, and supported throughout by e-learning.
  • Classroom teaching is supplemented by sessions at the King’s Vascular Laboratory and the Clinical Research Facility at St. Thomas’.

Application status Open

Duration PG Certificate: nine months PT, January to September. PG Diploma: 18 months PT, January to June of the following year. MSc: 27 months PT, January to March (two years hence).

Study mode Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Programme accreditations Accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Course intake Approximately 10 students PT.

Course leaders Ms Susan Halson-Brown; Dr Colin Deane; Ben Freedman; Adele Barnes.



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Course detail


The Vascular Ultrasound programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the principles and practices of vascular ultrasound. This course addresses the practical applications of ultrasound through an understanding of the principles of scientific clinical investigation, and facilitates the acquisition of the skills necessary for clinical practice. Developing your clinical proficiency is, therefore, an integral part of the course.

The programme offers you flexibility over the choice of modules and whether to study for a full master’s qualification, a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma. The MSc pathway is a 27-month course that requires modules totalling 180 credits including a research project worth 60 credits. The Postgraduate Diploma pathway can be studied over a period of 18 months and requires completed modules with a total of 120 credits. The Postgraduate Certificate route is a nine-month pathway that requires modules with a minimum total of 60 credits to achieve the award.

Further literature

Course format and assessment


We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Academic Contact Hours Work Based Learning Study Time
132 hours in total on a block release pattern Minimum 14 hours per week of supervised scanning for all clinical pathways throughout the programme 15-20 hours per week


Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.


You are assessed through a combination of:

  • Interactive learning activities
  • Coursework assignments
  • Written examinations
  • Objective Structured Computer Examination (OSCE)
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Reflective diaries
  • Assessment of clinical proficiency in practice
  • Clinical Portfolio of Evidence and Clinical Assessment where appropriate

Clinical competence is assessed by ongoing formative and summative assessments and an observational visit by a member of the programme team.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.


Required Modules

Vascular Ultrasound MSc Study Pathway / Vascular Ultrasound PGDip Study Pathway / Vascular Ultrasound PGCert Study Pathway

Year one

We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates:


Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in year one.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor’s degree with 2:2 honours (or overseas equivalent) or a professional qualification in radiography, nursing, midwifery or medicine. Applicants must have a suitable clinical training placement for the duration of the programme. Entry is subject to satisfactory references and interview.

Interviews will be held in three blocks throughout the year. You must be available for interview in order to be considered for admission. Interviews will be held in the following periods:

– The last week of March 2016

– The last week of June 2016

– The second week of October 2016

Note:This programme is only available to overseas applicants who already have a suitable UK/EU clinical placement and are holding a valid work visa that covers them for the entire duration of the programme. Overseas applicants who do not meet the above criteria are not eligible for Tier 4 (student) visa sponsorship due to UKBA restrictions on overseas applicants studying part-time course in the UK.

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal

Your application will be assessed by two academics. All applicants who fulfil the entry requirements are interviewed. Telephone interviews are possible for international students by prior arrangement. We aim to process all applications within six weeks. However, during the months prior to the closing date, and over holiday periods, applications may take longer to process due to the volume received at this time.


Personal statement and supporting information

Please include details of your clinical training placement and supervision arrangements. If you wish to study a specialist vascular topic in the PG Certificate Ultrasound in Specialist Practice pathway please indicate your area of interest.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 30 September 2017 for 2018 entry. Applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

Help and support

If you don’t have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn’t your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Part time UK fees: £3,650 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £3,650 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*; £3,650 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*
  • Part time overseas fees: £7,600 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £7,600 p.a. (PGDip, 2017/18)*; £7,600 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*

*This tuition fee is subject to annual increases.

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The deposit is £500 – Home/EU and £2,000 – Overseas (2017/18)

If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.

If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receipt of the offer.

If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receipt of the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King’s Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King’s.

Career prospects

The majority of graduates take up posts in the NHS and move on to become advanced and consultant practitioners. Others use their vascular ultrasound proficiency within their patient examination.