Master of Clinical Ultrasound

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Clinical Ultrasound Award Masters
Course Master of Clinical Ultrasound
Course Code MC-CU
Course Abbreviation Master of Clinical Ultrasound
Partner Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science (MDHS)
Background The introduction of echocardiography has made a dramatic impact on patient management in the peri-operative, critical care, emergency medicine, surgery and internal medicine environments.

The University of Melbourne has developed a suite of postgraduate clinical ultrasound courses that are offered in distance mode to practising medical professionals who wish to obtain further expertise in medical ultrasound for clinical practice.

The suite of programs are completed in a three stage process, starting with the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Ultrasound course. The Certificate course is designed to cater to different craft groups and in subject two students are able to choose to study either an ICU module or anaesthesia module.

At completion of the Certificate, students can choose to exit or proceed with the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Ultrasound. Similarly, at completion of the Diploma students can undertake the Masters qualification.
Course Description The Masters course focuses on 3-D Echocardiography and new technologies, congenital research methods, ultrasound literature, obstetric and medical conditions and completes with an advanced case studies practicum.

The course is consists of 12 x 12.5 point subjects to achieve 150 points of study. The subjects that need to be completed will depend on whether students have previously completed the Graduate Certificate and/or the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound.

The Masters course aims to provide the knowledge base to become competent at an advanced level of echocardiography and the knowledge base to become competent in additional imaging techniques and modalities.

Following completion of the course students are expected to:
  • Have a diagnostic-level understanding for echocardiography including transoesophageal echocardiography.
  • Have acquired additional knowledge within their discipline, and be familiar with methods of applying ultrasound related knowledge in their clinical practice; and
  • Have a high consistency of knowledge between students within each craft group or discipline.
Delivery Mode The course is 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time via distance education. Semester duration is 12 weeks. For students completing full-time there will be four subjects per semester, and for part-time, two subjects per semester. Subjects must be taken in sequence.

Interactive tutorials and case reviews will provide the platform for students to articulate their knowledge and test their capability for independent critical thought. Interpretation and problem-solving skills will be assessed as part of the course.
Who Should Apply The Master in Clinical Ultrasound selects students who have extensive prior knowledge of medicine, and the pathophysiology and treatment options relevant to the use of medical ultrasound. It is particularly suitable for students that have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound.
Subjects Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound 50 points
  • Subject 1: MEDI90049 Principles of ultrasound and HARTscan (12.5 points)
  • Subject 2: MEDI90054 Ultrasound guided procedures (12.5 points)
  • Subject 3: MEDI90050 Doppler echocardiography (12.5 points)
  • Subject 4: MEDI90051 Ventricular function (12.5 points)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound 50 points
  • Subject 1: MEDI90056 Advanced Anatomy and Doppler Analysis (12.5 points)
  • Subject 2: MEDI90057 Advanced Valve and Aortic Pathology (12.5 points)
  • Subject 3: MEDI90058 Applications of Echocardiography (12.5 points)
  • Subject 4: MEDI90059 Advanced Echocardiography Interpretation (12.5 points)
Master of Clinical Ultrasound 50 points
  • Subject 1: MEDI90083 Research Methods and Ultrasound Literature (12.5 points)
  • Subject 2: MEDI90046 3-D Echocardiography and New Technologies (12.5 points)
  • Subject 3: MEDI90047 Congenital, Obstetric and Medical Conditions (12.5 points)
  • Subject 4: MEDI90048 Advanced Case Studies and Practicum (12.5 points)
Subject Tutorial Index
Assessment Each subject is formally assessed to meet the requirements of University accreditation. Assessment is designed to be practical and relevant to industry professionals.
Additional Information Material for individual subjects will be delivered via the following mode:
  • A remote learning component covering the content of each subject through tutorials and interactive case studies;
The course is offered Full-time and Part-time through distance education.
Internet access is a course requirement as the course is administered online and via email.
Academic and Teaching Team The Clinical Ultrasound Group at the University of Melbourne, led by Professors Alistair Royse and Colin Royse.
Entry Requirements Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound and Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound is required.

Applicants must possess undergraduate qualifications sufficient to practice as a medical practitioner, such as MBBS or equivalent degrees, as a minimum entry requirement.

AND have completed the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Ultrasound, or the Graduate Diploma of Perioperative and Critical Care Echocardiography.

Meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne. International Medical Graduates are also expected to meet the English language requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (an IELTS score of 7 in all four elements - reading, writing, listening and speaking).
Course Fees Fees for 2019 are $2,258 per 12.5 point subject. Fees are subject to an annual increase.
Course Delivery Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Once the program materials have been downloaded on tablets, all the interactive media content can be viewed even when offline (however, internet access is required periodically to login or re-verify login credentials). Program materials can also be accessed online using a web browser.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates Academic Calendar for 2018

Semester 2 (12 teaching weeks) including:

Monday 23 July - Sunday 21 October

Census Date

Friday 31 August


Monday 29 October - Monday 5 November

Results final release date:

Friday 30 November

Academic Calendar for 2019

Semester 1 (12 teaching weeks) including:

Monday 4 March - Sunday 2 June

Census Date

Sunday 31 March


Monday 10 June - Monday 17 June

Results final release date:

Friday 12 July

Additional Information Applications for Semester 1, 2019 will open this September. Please complete the ‘Enquire Now’ form and we will contact you when applications are open.
Related courses and subjects Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound
Contact Course Enquiries: Ultrasound Education Group
T: +61 3 8344 5673

Invoicing & Enrolment Enquiries:
Sally Baker
Program Coordinator
The University of Melbourne
T: +61 3 8344 1842