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 Imaging Technologists (MITs) 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.

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Sonography student Tess Rutledge scans Darcey Tipene-Boyd's thyroid

MRTB Accredited

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


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.


MITs seeking a clinical training position in ultrasound may commence their study before securing a training position by enrolling in the PGCertHSc(Medical Imaging) and completing 4 courses. Should they obtain a clinical training position within 5 years of completion of the PGCertHSc, any completed courses may be eligible for transfer into the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) qualification.


At this stage, we do not offer this particular programme to international students as assessment of clinical competency is embedded within it. If you are an international student, please go to Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences in Medical Imaging for more information on alternative options.


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
  • Have a clinical training position in ultrasound from an approved clinical centre and a completed University of Auckland Clinical Training Position Agreement prior to admission to the programme. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain this training position.

For further information, please view the Admission Criteria - PGDipHSc(Utrasound) flowchart.

Students starting the PGDipHSc(Ultrasound) programme in 2018, please view the 2018 Pathways for more information regarding the entry pathways.


Ultrasound graduate Abby Crowe prepares to scan

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

60 points:

15 points from:

  • CLINIMAG 709 Principles of Clinical Ultrasound (15 points) OR
  • CLINIMAG 719 Ultrasound Abdominal Clinical Applications (15 Points)

45 points:

  • CLINIMAG 713 Ultrasound Clinical Applications: Obstetrics and Gynaecology (15 Points)
  • CLINIMAG 720 Ultrasound Specialised Clinical Applications (15 Points)
  • CLINIMAG 715 Ultrasound Clinical Practice (15 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.

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

Some courses will require an enrolment concession request to be submitted.


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.

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.

Further study

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.

For more information please contact:

Medical Imaging Team

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