UCL Graduate degrees


Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine MSc

This programme will provide medical and science-based students with comprehensive academic knowledge, understanding and practical skills in the field of obstetric ultrasound and fetal medicine. This will be specifically in the areas of ultrasound technical skills, fetal development, prenatal diagnosis and fetal medicine. This Master's degree will run in parallel with a practical professional training programme in obstetric ultrasound.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 2 years

All students enrolled on this course will be required to undertake a clinical fellowship in ultrasound held at UCLH. The educational component of the masters degree and the clinical fellowship at UCLH will encompass 40 hours a week in total.

Application dates

All applicants
Close: 30 July 2021
To be eligible for this course applicants will need to have been short listed for the position of 'Sonographer Trainee in Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine' at UCLH.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£7,150 (PT)
£15,600 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees. To be eligible for this course applicants will need to have been short listed for the position of 'Sonographer Trainee in Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine' at UCLH.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this course applicants will need to have been short listed for the position of 'Sonographer Trainee in Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine' at UCLH.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: To be confirmed

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

You will develop a knowledge and understanding of the field of prenatal diagnosis and fetal medicine. You will learn how to scan, the basic science behind this health care technology, the principles of pregnancy and fetal development and their associated abnormality.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six compulsory modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Prenatal Diagnosis and Screening
  • Organogenesis and Fetal Development
  • Fetal and Perinatal Medicine
  • Basic Principles of Obstetric Ultrasound
  • Fetal Ultrasound Anomalies
  • Management of Complex Pregnancies
  • Research Project

Optional modules


Students undertake a research project, culminating in a 8,000 word dissertation (60 credits). The project will usually fall under one of the following:

  • Laboratory-based projects
  • Clinical projects/ practice audits
  • Analysis of existing data sets
  • Online surveys and/or interviews projects focusing on reviewing the scholarship or evidence on a given subject

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical training in ultrasound, observation days in the fetal medicine, and student presentations. There are a number of peer-led learning activities. Assessment is through essays, patient case reports, examinations and the dissertation.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


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The programme is offered as a part time course for 2 years to students who successfully obtain the trainee sonographer fellow position with University College London Hospital (UCLH).

The student will be provided with a salary from UCLH to work in the Ultrasound Screening Unit at EGA UCLH for 2 years. The study time for the MSc is embedded into a 40 hours per week working pattern. 

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


On completion of the programme students will have gained the knowledge around performing ultrasound in pregnancy, (nuchal, anomaly and fetal wellbeing assessment), from basics and principles of ultrasound to the understanding of fetal physiology, pregnancy pathology and fetal malformations.

The programme does not provide training for invasive fetal medicine procedures but will allow training in assisting the most advanced procedures during the one-month placement within the course in the Fetal Medicine Unit at EGA UCLH 


You will be taught how to scan in the Ultrasound Screening Unit  and you will spend one month in the Fetal Medicine Unit scanning women with pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies.

You will assist and observe advanced invasive fetal medicine procedures.  You will also gain transferable skills, including:

  • Information technology
  • Analysis of scientific papers
  • Essay writing
  • Seminar presentations
  • Research techniques

The programme is ideal for health care professionals who want to pursue a career in Obstetric Scanning or as Consultants with a special interest in Fetal Medicine. It represents the intermediate step to apply for Subspecialist Training in Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute for Women’s Health delivers excellence in research, clinical practice, education and training in order to make a real and sustainable difference to women's and babies' health worldwide.

The institute's UCLH Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust collaboration provides an academic environment in which students can pursue graduate studies taught by expert researchers and clinicians.

Our diversity of expertise in maternal and fetal medicine, neonatology, reproductive health and women's cancer ensures a vibrant environment in which students develop subject-specific and generic transferable skills, supporting a broad range of future employment opportunities.

You will have the opportunity to develop your research skills by undertaking a project within the field of obstetric ultrasound and fetal medicine.

You will acquire the academic knowledge and research skills in ultrasound and fetal medicine and will achieve practical competence in performing screening ultrasound in pregnancy at the most advanced level.

The degree will provide you with understanding of masters level research: knowledge of literature research and interpretation of studies, representing a base for sonographers of the future.  

Department: Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women's Health

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for this course applicants will need to have been short listed for the position of 'Sonographer Trainee in Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine' at UCLH.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 July 2021

To be eligible for this course applicants will need to have been short listed for the position of 'Sonographer Trainee in Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine' at UCLH.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine at graduate level
  • why you want to study Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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