Skip to main content

Clinical Echocardiography PGCert

The Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) has been designed to meet the requirements of the National School of Healthcare Science and Health Education England.

You are currently viewing course information for entry year:

Start date(s):


Echocardiography specialists use ultra scans to look at a patient's heart and blood vessels.

Our Echocardiography Postgraduate Certificate is available to the healthcare science workforce through competitive national recruitment.

This commissioned programme is one of two in the UK that provides Level 7 PG Certificate training for the national Echocardiographer Training Programme. The PG Certificate provides students with the key knowledge base required to practice clinical echocardiography as an independent practitioner.

The Echocardiography Training Programme (ETP) has been developed in collaboration with the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) to respond to the increased workforce needs for Accredited Echocardiographers.

Interested applicants can apply to join the Echocardiography Training Programme between April and June each year. More information about the ETP is available on NHS England.

Please note you cannot apply directly to Newcastle University for this course.

Important information

We've highlighted important information about your course. Please take note of any deadlines.

What you'll learn

This course will provide students with a systematic understanding of the theoretical principles that underpin cardiac ultrasound (echocardiography) investigations in a clinical setting.


You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

How you'll learn

Your future

On successful completion of the ETP, you will qualify as an accredited echocardiographic.

You will be able to work in various settings including NHS hospitals, GP practices, private sector, in both the UK and worldwide.

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

Visit our Careers Service website

Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


Students will have access to a range of facilities in our faculty and our clinical skills facility, including:

  • echocardiography simulators
  • clinical echo machines
  • classroom-based teaching

Students on the ETP will learn about and become familiar with echocardiography, using up-to-date simulation equipment and real-world echocardiography machines.

We run workshops within the clinical skills labs where we discuss how to get the different echo views and put this into practice with guided hands-on experience from experienced BSE accredited echocardiographers. The curriculum also includes how to perform and report normal and abnormal echo measurements and write an effective report.


Open days and events

You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

Find out about how you can visit Newcastle in person and virtually

Overseas events

We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

Visit our events calendar for the latest events

Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:


For more general enquiries you could also complete our online enquiry form.

Fill in our enquiry form

Live chat

Our Ncl chatbot might be able to give you an answer straight away. If not, it’ll direct you to someone who can help.

You'll find our Ncl chatbot in the bottom right of this page.

Keep updated

We regularly send email updates and extra information about the University.

Receive regular updates by email

Chat to a student

Chat online with current students with our Unibuddy platform.

Chat to a student