Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This programme will provide medical and health 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

To be eligible for this MSc, applicants will need to have been shortlisted 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: Standard

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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

For this programme, please contact our UCL Graduate Admissions team by calling +44 (0)20 3370 1216 or emailing postgraduate-admissions@ucl.ac.uk.

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.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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.  

The foundation of your career

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.


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.

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.


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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £7,350
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,050

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

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

Funding your studies

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.

Next steps

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021