Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Clinical Ultrasound Award Graduate Diploma
Course Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound
Course Code GD-CLINUS
Partner Faculty Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (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 practicing 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.
Description The Diploma provides diagnostic level knowledge base in valve assessment, complex cardiovascular pathology, comprehensive reporting and has a greater focus on Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TOE).

A copy of Synapse Prosolv Viewer software, which is kindly supplied by FujiFilm, is included with the course materials. This allows measurements to be performed as for later clinical practice. Both courses are rich in case studies, containing 100 cases for review in each level, including in the Certificate course 50 additional basic TOE case studies, in addition to the images used in the tutorials. Students will need to obtain practical experience at their institutions or attend hands-on workshop to supplement their knowledge base.
Teaching team The Clinical Ultrasound Group at the University of Melbourne, led by Professors Alistair Royse and Colin Royse.
Delivery Mode The course is 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time via distance education. A 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.
Entry requirements Completion of the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Ultrasound is required.

Minimum entry requirement - an undergraduate medical degree in English, sufficient to practise as a medical practitioner, such as MBBS or equivalent degrees.

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).
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)
Subject Tutorial Index
Assessment There are two components that make up the examination aspect of the courses.
  • Submission of all self-assessment forms (20% of the overall grade)
  • Submission of exam for each subject (80% of the overall grade)
Other information Internet access is a course requirement as the course is administered online and via email.
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

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.
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 Award Courses Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound
Master of 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