Professional Certificate in Early Pregnancy Ultrasound

Course Overview

This Professional Certificate offers clinicians the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the management of early pregnancy. It aims to equip participants with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more detailed assessment. 

Who Should Take This Course?

The Early Pregnancy Ultrasound Module may suit those who only have a clinical requirement for scanning in the first trimester. Students who take this option can apply to progress to the full graduate certificate level  or the Professional Diploma at a later stage by taking the relevant extra modules. Information on Graduate Certificate or Professional Diploma also available. 

Am I Eligible for this Course?

The provision of the majority of the lectures through an e-learning structure will allow participants to access lectures at home, at convenient times. There is a major emphasis on participants achieving a high level of expertise in clinical practice and participants will gain their clinical experience in their chosen hospital setting, which will allow them to negotiate the most suitable arrangements within each individual workplace.

To ensure this is achieved participants must undertake a clinical placement, under the guidance of a named clinical supervisor, and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 80 hours practicing clinical obstetric ultrasound while undertaking this programme.

Declaration Forms:

All applicants are required to download and complete the application and the declaration forms below. These forms must be signed by your clinical supervisor. 

1718 X734 - Declaration of Clinical Placement Early Pregnancy Ultrasound

Application Details

Important dates and information

  • The next intake for this course is in January.
  • Closing date for applications is Friday 5th January 2018.
  • Successful applicants will be required to attend an Introductory Study Day at UCD.

Declaration forms:

All applicants are required to download and complete the declaration form below. The form must be signed by your clinical supervisor.

How to apply:

  • Click on the link and follow the steps outlined. 
  • The “Application Type” is Graduate Taught Courses
  • Fill in your personal details, and when asked about the “Programme Choice”, select PC Early Pregnancy Jan PT X734.
  • Next, enter details of any third level institutions you have attended and professional qualifications you have attained in the “Academic Background” section. 
  • Having paid the application fee and received an e-mail receipt, you must continue to complete the application process by pressing “submit”. An e-mail confirming successful application will be sent to you within 24 hours.
  • A detailed, step-by step guide to the online application process is available here.
  • You can track the status of your documentation online. Log in to your account & click on your submitted application. This will bring up an application summary.  The application requirements are listed at the end of the summary.
  • If you have any problems or queries with the online application process, email: UCD Applications ( or telephone: + 353 1 716 1142 or 1476.
  • More details on online applications and FAQ here
  • Course fees: €1,200 EU / €2,800 Non EU
  • For more information on course fees please visit the Fees & Grants Office website.
  • Fees are correct at the time of writing and subject to change.

International Applicants

  • International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.
  • A list of FAQs for international applicants is available here.
  • Information on studying at UCD as international students is available here

Course Fees

Contact Us

Academic Programme Director:

Programme Administrator:

Dr Mary Moran

UCD Diagnostic Imaging
UCD School of Medicine,
Health Sciences Centre,
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4.


 UCD Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office,

Health Sciences Centre,
UCD Belfield, Dublin 4.
Tel : + 353 1 716 6545
Fax:  + 353 1 716 6547