Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Ultrasound

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHSc) in Ultrasound is designed for Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) seeking to extend their understanding of ultrasound and contribute to the improvement of clinical health services by implementing their knowledge and expertise within Medical Imaging services.

For further information click here for the ultrasound programme overview.

MRTB Accredited

The PGDipHSc Ultrasound programme is approved and accredited by the Medical Radiation Technologists Board (MRTB). 


To gain admission to the PGDipHSc (Ultrasound) a student must have:

  • completed an undergraduate degree in Medical Imaging or an equivalent qualification
  • hold a current registration with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologists Board or as a Medical Radiation Technologist in their country of domicile; and
  • a clinical training position in their chosen specialisation from an approved clinical centre and a completed University of Auckland Clinical Training Position Agreement prior to admission to the programme.

Students starting the PGDipHSc (Ultrasound) programme in 2017, please click on 2017 Pathways for more information regarding the entry pathways.


Students are required to enrol in, and complete the following courses:

45 points:

15 points from:


  • MEDIMAGE 716 Fundamentals of Clinical Ultrasound (15 Points)

45 points:

In addition, assessment of clinical competency will occur in the student’s workplace throughout the duration of the student’s enrolment within this programme. Failure to demonstrate sufficient clinical progression and a minimum level of competency at specific time points may result in the student being unable to proceed to the next stage in the programme.



Duration and points value

Points value: 120
Time to complete: Within four years if enrolled part-time
Start semester: One or Two

The programme is designed to be completed part-time and primarily by distance learning.


Students who successfully complete the requirements for this programme, including a clinical competency assessment at an approved workplace, will be eligible for registration with the MRTB in the Ultrasound Scope of Practice.

Students who complete with a B average will be able to progress to a Masters degree and contribute to the development of Medical Imaging services through research.

Important information

This programme has a total enrolment clause of 160 points. This is the maximum number of points you can enrol in (including failed or withdrawn courses) towards this programme.

Note that a number of courses in this programme require you to apply for a concession.  For information on enrolment and how to apply for a concession see the University Enrolment information page.

New students, to ensure you enrol on time, please visit our step-by-step guide to applications, admission, and enrolment.

To apply for this programme click on the red APPLY NOW button.  


Detailed information on admission criteria, programme structure and content, and the schedule of courses can be found in the University's Calendar Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences or the following flowchart.

For more information please contact:

Medical Imaging Clinical Liaison Team

Department of Anatomy with Radiology
School of Medical Sciences
Email: MIClinical@auckland.ac.nz