City, University of London

Course Introduction

Who is it for?

This MSc is for optometrists. It enables you to continue your development and accumulation of knowledge and expertise relating to ocular healthcare and vision science during your professional career.

The MSc in Clinical Optometry has an international reputation for quality and is at the forefront of continuing education in clinical optometry. As a result, you will acquire cutting-edge skills and knowledge from leading UK experts in a dynamic learning environment.

The programme will provide you with an opportunity to enhance your career prospects, by gaining both an academic qualification and a professional qualification with either the General Optical Council or the College of Optometrists (where appropriate).

Objectives

The MSc in Clinical Optometry will help you:

* Gain up-to-date research-based and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of fields, particularly in primary care optometry

* Study through a flexible, taught postgraduate modular-based programme, delivered on an intensive three-day modular programme design

* Understand 'shared-care' or 'co-management' of patients with other medical disciplines and the expansion of the optometrist's role in ocular therapeutics

* Develop your clinical and theoretical knowledge, making extensive use of expert practitioners

* Develop and accumulate your knowledge and expertise relating to ocular health care and vision science during your professional careers

* Contribute to the development of your profession

* Become a reflective practitioner

* Practise safely by affirming an appropriate level of competence, a level of self-awareness that encourages recognition of your own limits and the knowledge to meet likely future developments in optometric practice.

The course is accredited for the General Optical Council?s Continuing Education and Training (CET) points and include the Professional Certificates in Glaucoma, Medical Retina, Low Vision, and the Paediatric Eye Care accredited by the College of Optometrists.

Prescribing modules are accredited by the General Optical Council with content forming the theory for the College of Optometrists? Independent Prescribing Common Final Assessment.

Career prospects:

Optometrists are equipped to provide enhanced clinical care to patients, particularly in the field of ocular therapeutics.

You can also choose the following options, all of which enhance career opportunities whether within the HES or in practice:

* College of Optometrists' Professional Certificate in Glaucoma.

* College of Optometrists' Professional Certificate in Medical Retina

* College of Optometrists' Professional Certificate in Low Vision

* College of Optometrists' Professional Certificate in Paediatric Eye Care.

Students can progress into the MSc after successful completion of the PgCert and PgDip.

Start Date:

Full-time MSc: One year taught course plus one year for dissertation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
5 years
Part Time
MSc £5,400 Home Fees
5 years
Part Time
MSc £8,415 Overseas Fees
5 years
Part Time
MSc £5,400 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £10,800 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £16,830 Overseas Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £10,800 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or the equivalent from an international institution; You should be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practice in the UK; you should also be registered with the General Optical Council; Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or the equivalent from an international institution; You should be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practice in the UK; you should also be registered with the General Optical Council; Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing your undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist. For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a post graduate course of study: A first degree from a UK university; A first degree from an overseas institution recognized by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA; International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest scoring below 6.5; Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required; Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned.
  • IELTS score: 7