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  • Validated by the University College of Osteopathy, who will award the PGCert qualification
  • Excellent tutor to delegate ratio - plenty of time to practise under close supervision
  • Opportunity to work with the experts in this field
  • High machine to delegate ratio - only high-quality machines are used on the course
  • Access to our online resources including key articles, learning resources, online presentations and quizzes
  • Exclusive access to our online learning forum

The pre-requisites are:

  • You must have access to an ultrasound scanner so you can practise (minimum 10 scans per week).
  • You must have a clinical supervisor to achieve 100 supervised scans.
  • You must have good MSK anatomical knowledge (especially cross-sectional).
  • You must be able to attend all dates.

Application process: One of the tutors (Chris Myers or Robert Laus) will contact you to establish your suitability/verify that you meet all requirements. You will then be invited to join the PGCert MSK US (there are 20 places available).

Booking Options
University College of Osteopathy Clinic (UCO), 275 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JE
Available dates
Sept 2022
Sept 2023
See Dates tab below for a full list of dates for each cohort


SMUG has teamed up with the University College of Osteopathy (UCO) in London (previously the British School of Osteopathy or BSO), to provide a Post Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Diagnostic Ultrasound. This learning pathway has been set up to provide a structured, in-depth and comprehensive training programme for those clinicians looking to add diagnostic ultrasound to their musculoskeletal practice.

The course is divided into two modules. The first module involves a 3 day and a 2 day teaching block, a case study (3000 words),  followed by an OSCE examination. Module two involves a two-day teaching block and work-based learning. You will require a clinical supervisor for this module. You will need to complete 250 scans, 100 of these supervised and 150 unsupervised, and an audit essay (3000 words). These will need to be signed off by your clinical supervisor. The SMUG Mentorship programme compliments the post graduate certificate pathway by providing the clinical supervision component required in module 2. Many delegates will attend both of these courses.

The first module covers the basics of musculoskeletal ultrasound, physics, knobology and reports writing. We cover the shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand and the hip, knee and ankle/foot. In module two, we cover more advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound skills of the upper and lower limb and pathology.

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Consists of 2 core units (30 credits per unit).  2 units = 60 credits (PGCert)

Unit 1 & Unit 2 teaching days are delivered in person.

Unit 2 is predominantly a work-based learning unit. You will require a dedicated clinical supervisor.

Teaching will take place in Central London at the University College of Osteopathy (UCO).

Unit 1:

A block of 3 consecutive days, followed approximately 2 months later, with a block of 2 consecutive days.

Day 1 - Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound.
Day 2 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Upper Limb: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 3 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Upper Limb: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 4 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Lower Limb: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 5 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Lower Limb: Practical workshops and presentations & Revision

Assessment Unit 1:

Case Study (3000 words)
Day 6 – Approximately 3 months after the start of Unit 1 = OSCE/practical exam

Unit 2:

2-day block (consecutive days)
Day 7 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Advanced lower limb)
Day 8 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Advanced upper limb). MCQ Pathology

Assessment Unit 2:

Logbook of 250 clinical scans - 150 unsupervised & 100 supervised
Audit Essay (3000 words)



PGCert MSK US 2022/2023 Dates:


Unit 1

Tuesday 6th, Wednesday 7th & Thursday 8th September 2022

Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd November 2022

Monday 12th December 2022 OSCE

Unit 2

Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th April 2023


PGCert MSK US 2023/2024 Dates: TBC


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