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Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

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Managing faculty

Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Mr Paul Lombardo

Admission and fees

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Course type

Single degree
Master's by coursework

Standard duration

3 years PT

Students have a maximum of five years to complete this course.

Mode and location

Off-campus (Clayton)


Master of Medical Ultrasound


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.


This course enables development of advanced practice and research skills required for appropriately qualified health professionals to become sonographers. The clinical units include abdominal, breast, thyroid, reproductive, obstetrics, musculoskeletal, paediatric, neonatal, and vascular medical ultrasound. The course resources are provided mainly on-line. The material is structured to guide the student through the material on a weekly schedule with exercises that ensure the course retains a clinical focus.

Students can exit the course after 48 credit points with a Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound, which meets the requirement to gain accreditation with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) to practice as a qualified sonographer in Australia. The final year (24 credit points) of the course focuses on developing research skills via an ultrasound research project in collaboration with clinical partners.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a mastery of ultrasound knowledge and be able to reflect critically on ultrasound theory, practice and scholarship
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the scientific concepts and principles underpinning ultrasound practice including optimisation of equipment, quality assurance and biological consequences
  3. investigate, analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply this knowledge and understanding to ultrasound practice
  4. assume the role of a qualified/accredited medical sonographer, capable of independent and collaborative clinical decision making to perform the appropriate ultrasound procedures to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of illness and injury
  5. demonstrate and apply a knowledge of research principles, evidence based, reflective and ethical ultrasound practice, as well as lifelong learning skills
  6. communicate their knowledge, findings and rationale underpinning these to the professional and lay community clearly, ethically and unambiguously.

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Australian Sonographers Accreditation Registry (ASAR).


The course is structured in three parts, Part A. Ultrasound foundation studies, Part B. Applied ultrasound practice and Part C. Ultrasound research.

Part A. Ultrasound foundation studies

These studies will develop your understanding of the scientific and technical principles of diagnostic ultrasound scanning and scanning modes. You will develop an understanding of embryology, anatomy and pathophysiology as well as image evaluation skills related to cross-sectional and regional anatomy.

Part B: Applied ultrasound practice

These studies address clinical competencies required for ultrasound practice. You will learn the sonographic scanning techniques, interpretational skills and standard protocols related to examinations of breast, thyroid, abdominal, reproductive system, obstetric, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems as well as the paediatric brain, hips and abdomen.

Part C: Ultrasound research

The focus of these studies is to develop the knowledge and skills to locate, critically evaluate and conduct research relevant to medical ultrasound practice. You will gain an understanding of research theories and methods for health research and will focus on a range of practical, technical and management issues associated with the conduct of scientific research. Access to academics and clinicians offering projects will support you during all stages of the inquiry process. You will gain theoretical knowledge of research design and methods used in undertaking research with the practical skills to conduct your own research.


The course comprises 72 points structured into three parts: Part A. Ultrasound foundation studies (12 points), Part B. Applied ultrasound practice (36 points) and Part C Ultrasound research (24 points). Students must complete Part A and Part B to be accredited to practise as a sonographer in Australia.

Following completion of the two foundation units (SON4000 and SON4010) students must be engaged in supervised clinical ultrasound training practice for a minimum of three days per week (or equivalent). It is the student's responsibility to secure their own clinical training placement. Please note, competition for limited clinical training placements is very high. Applicants from a non-imaging background are strongly advised to secure their clinical placement before undertaking this program. The University does not accept any responsibility for finding clinical placements.

This is required for students to develop appropriate practical skills.

The course progression mapcourse progression map ( will assist you to plan to meet the course requirements, and guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.

Unless otherwise stated units are six credit points.

Part A. Ultrasound foundation studies (12 points)

Students complete 2 units:

  • SON4000 Physics of medical ultrasound and instrumentation
  • SON4010 Embryology, anatomy and pathophysiology

Part B. Applied ultrasound practice (36 points)

Students complete 6 units:

  • SON5020 Sonographic professional skills and sonography of the breast and thyroid
  • SON5021 Sonographic abdominal imaging
  • SON5022 Sonographic imaging of the reproductive system
  • SON5023 Obstetric sonography
  • SON5024 Musculoskeletal, neonatal and paediatric sonography
  • SON5025 Sonographic vascular and postoperative imaging

Part C. Ultrasound research (24 points)

Students complete:

  • SRH5003: Designing and conducting health research (12 points)
  • SON5000: Ultrasound research (12 points)

Progression to further studies

Students who have completed the following two units (SON5000 and SRH5003) with a minimum mark of 70 per cent (Distinction) in each unit are eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research program.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided they have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during their enrolment in this master's course:

  • Graduate Certificate in Medical Ultrasound after successful completion of 24 credit points of study, with a minimum of 24 credit points at level 4 or above.
  • Graduate Diploma in Medical Ultrasound after successful completion of 48 credit points of study including all of Parts A and B.