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What will I learn?


Our Diagnostic Imaging course is designed to match both the professional development needs of diagnostic imaging practitioners and the changing needs of patients in the modern healthcare system. It will develop you into a highly competent practitioner who can make a real contribution to healthcare services.

This multi-disciplinary course will appeal to a range of healthcare professional including:

  • radiographers
  • mammographers
  • sonographers
  • midwives
  • medical doctors
  • nurses

Make an impact

The course offers specialist clinical skills development underpinned by in-depth theoretical education in breast imaging and/or medical ultrasound. You’ll develop into a highly competent practitioner who can make a real contribution to healthcare services.

We have a highly successful record of educating breast imaging and medical ultrasound students at postgraduate level. You will benefit from being part of the School of Medicine with its world-leading research and expertise.

Study for the Postgraduate Diploma normally takes one year full time (specific module combinations only) or two years part time.


The course is also accredited by the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Learning and teaching

Teaching is delivered through lectures, practical sessions, tutorials and seminars. You’ll learn through group work and discussion, individual exercises and practice.

You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


Modules are assessed by a variety of methods including essays, case reports, technical reports and unseen examinations.

The assessment of your competence to practice takes place via an observed clinical session or by portfolio, depending on the module. Formative assessment will provide support and feedback on your progress and confirm readiness for summative assessment.

Your results for every module contribute to your final degree classification.

Career opportunities

Graduates will use the postgraduate qualification to enable them to be employed as a sonographer or breast imager in the UK or abroad.

Students having completed the PGDip may wish to undertake further academic study in order to achieve an MSc.

The dedicated careers team at Leeds is always available to offer detailed advice on your career opportunities and development and you will be assigned a personal tutor during your time studying with who will be able to provide specialist guidance to help you into your chosen career.

Which department am I in?

School of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£16,500.00 (US$ 22,702) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


University of Leeds

Woodhouse Lane,


LS2 9JT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For Postgraduate qualification, students need to have 4 year Bachelors: for courses requiring 2.1 students need to have a GPA of 3.0; for courses requiring 2.2 students need to have a GPA of 2.5. Minimum qualifications include: IELTS (International English Language Testing System) an overall band of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in each component skill.

For international students

We typically require a 2:1 honours health-related degree from a recognised higher education institution in an appropriate subject, e.g BSc (hons) in Radiography, Nursing, Midwifery, Clinical Physiology or Medicine. Applicants with a 2:2 degree and 1 year’s clinical experience also meet the entry criteria. You must also provide documentary evidence of: A clinical placement with suitably qualified/experienced named clinical mentors who will provide clinical learning support and supervision in the workplace; Departmental support for your attendance and study time. Applicants with a PG Dianosatic Imaging qualification awarded within the last 5 years may qualify for Advanced Standing and complete the programme in a shorter time. The programme is generally not suitable for students who are from overseas as the entry criteria include a UK clinical placement. IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 7.0 in any component. Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) at 92 overall with no less than 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 23 in speaking and 22 in writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Leeds

The University of Leeds enjoys a high student satisfaction rate – 3rd in the UK (Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, 2018).

  • In the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2021
  • #15 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021
  • One of the largest single-site campuses in the UK
  • Diverse campus with over 12,000 international students