Start date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2022: AUD$ 30,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2023: AUD$ 31,900 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • Broaden your career opportunities by extending your knowledge, practical skills and understanding of ultrasound imaging health trends.
  • Extend your knowledge and practical skills in sonography, according to ultrasound imaging health trends.
  • Join the No.1 university South Australia for graduate careers in health.1
  • Learn from award-winning teachers at a university with above world-class research in clinical sciences.2
  • Suitable for health science, medical radiation and other allied health professionals employed in a suitable practice with access to clinical ultrasound experience.
  • Get practical experience from 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning and associated clinical examinations.
  • Apply for registration with ASAR as an accredited Medical Sonographer upon completion of the program.
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities3, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Health Services and Support – Full-time Employment Indicator (Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only. 22018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.


Medical sonography student using campus sonography simulator In two years of part-time study you can extend your knowledge and practical skills in general sonography.

This graduate diploma will help you develop technical skills and a strong understanding of physics, anatomy and pathology for the examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies.

Completion provides credit toward the Master of Medical Sonography (General). This program is only taught online, on a part-time basis, over a minimum of two years.

What you'll need

All applicants must have a letter confirming a training position prior to applying.

If you’re already accredited with the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) as a General sonographer, you might like to consider applying for a masters program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Through a combination of theory and practice you’ll learn advanced technical sonography skills. You’ll also gain further understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology advancements and trends. The courses will develop your knowledge, clinical expertise, critical thinking and the analytical skills. 

You’ll be required to complete 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning experience (verified by an ASAR accredited Medical Sonographer or equivalent).

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation RADY 5030 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Professional Issues for Sonographers RADY 5024 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Abdominal Sonography RADY 5013 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Superficial Parts Sonography RADY 5015 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Musculoskeletal Sonography RADY 5029 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Obstetric and Gynaecologic Sonography RADY 5014 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Vascular Sonography RADY 5016 4.5 Rule(s): 4,6
Clinical Sonography Portfolio RADY 5026 4.5 Rule(s): 3,5,6,8

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography (General)

Why this Degree

This diploma is the only one of its kind in South Australia, and UniSA is the only university in Australia to offer a full suite of accredited postgraduate sonography programs.

We have a well-established history of teaching sonography and are recognised both nationally and internationally for our sonography specialisations.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility of online learning with UniSA’s digital learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.

UniSA’s commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia, with 100% of our assessed research rated at world-class or above.1 We’ve rapidly become a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors propelling Australia's future, including health.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), 4-digit Fields of Research.


Real-world connections

Learn from world-class researchers and experienced medical sonography professionals via our online discussion forum and virtual classrooms. These virtual classes give you the opportunity to build important industry networks and relationships.

Through completion of 2,200 hours of ultrasound scanning and clinical examinations, you’ll build valuable industry networks with practicing clinicians.

Career outcomes

Your career

The field of medical sonography is always evolving with technological advancements. Medical Sonographers require developed technical skills, as well as a strong understanding of health science, physics, anatomy and pathology for examination of body parts such as internal organs, blood vessels, musculoskeletal systems, reproductive organs and pregnancies.

With this diploma you can find work as a Medical Sonographer in metro, rural and remote locations, across settings including: 

  • Hospitals  
  • Private practices
  • Tertiary education providers. 

1Parliament of Australia, Diagnostic imaging workforce.

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program enables graduates to apply for full professional accreditation from the Australian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR) under the General Sonography category. Evidence of scanning experience in an Australian or New Zealand clinical setting is required for such accreditation.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Check the application closing dates.
  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

As Program Director, I am fortunate to lead a strong team of academics who have a diverse range of industry experience, along with national and international professional affiliations. My strong interest in education research fuels my focus on arming students with the knowledge and capabilities required for lifelong learning which are essential in the industry, such that they will continuously seek the best practice evidence for translation into their professional roles.

Dr Jessie Childs

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Jessie Childs

Dr Jessie Childs

Program Director


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What others are saying

Through studying medical sonography at UniSA I developed a range of niche skills that are highly sought after by specialist doctors. For example, I'm one of only two sonographers in Adelaide who perform high level detailed scanning for endometriosis surgical planning.

Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

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Alison Deslandes

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography, Master of Medical Sonography
Royal Adelaide Hospital and Specialist Imaging Partners

The flexibility to study externally was very appealing – I could continue shift work as a radiographer and obtain practical hours during the day in ultrasound. Study gives you all of the foundations to achieve great things, it’s a big competitive world.

Catrina Panuccio

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography
Managing Director, Specialist Imaging Partners


Catrina Panuccio

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography
Managing Director, Specialist Imaging Partners

I was attracted by UniSA’s reputation in the medical imaging profession as being one of the leading educators in ultrasound. The program introduced me to a broad spectrum of examinations that I would be exposed to in the industry and enabled me to develop skills in a supported environment.

Kosta Hellmanns

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography (General)
Specialist Sonographer | Women's and Children's Hospital

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Kosta Hellmanns

Graduate Diploma in Medical Sonography (General)
Specialist Sonographer | Women's and Children's Hospital