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Clinical Optometry

MSc |
The MSc in Clinical Optometry is designed to satisfy the rapidly changing academic, clinical and professional development needs of optometrists working in practice.

Key Information

Start date

The course starts in September and January each academic year.

Duration

Full-time MSc: two years.
Part-time MSc: two year plus up to one year dissertation.
Postgraduate Diploma: two years.
Postgraduate Certificate: one year.

UK/EU

Full-time: £8,000

Part-time: £4,000 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Who is it for?

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

The programme will provide you with an opportunity to enhance your career prospects in this field through 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 has been designed to provide optometrists with up-to-date research-based and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of fields, particularly in primary care optometry.

It is a flexible, taught postgraduate modular based programme, delivered on an intensive three-day modular programme design.

Emphasis is placed on 'shared-care' or 'co-management' of patients with other medical disciplines and the expansion of the optometrist's role in ocular therapeutics. The programme integrates clinical and theoretical knowledge, making extensive use of expert practitioners. It enables optometrists to continue development and accumulation of knowledge and expertise relating to ocular health care and vision science during their professional careers.

The programme provides a range of modules including 15 and 60 credit modules at Master’s level. There is a choice of exit routes a PG Cert and PG Dip level, modules can also be taken as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development courses.

Accreditation

General Optical Council

The General Optical Council accredits the following modules:
- Principles of Therapeutics
- Principles of Prescribing (exit for Additional Supply)
- Independent Prescribing

Students completing the final examination must be qualified for at least two years. Find out more

The College of Optometrists accredits the following modules in providing the Professional Certificate:
- Glaucoma
- Low Vision
- Medical Retina

The Contact Lens Practice module is accredited as the ‘Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice’. Find out more

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

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 recognised 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 sub-test 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.

English requirements

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 recognised 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.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

September 2017 applications are now open. You are required to provide original degree certificates; these can be completed at induction.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790
Email: pghealth@city.ac.uk

Candidates are usually UK-registered optometrists who must satisfy all legal requirements to be eligible to practise as optometrists in the UK, and should be registered with the General Optical Council. Overseas candidates will be accepted on an adhoc basis providing the individual's undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK Optometrist.

All entrants to the Programme must be in possession of a relevant first degree.

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City has been providing education in technical optics since 1898.
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in London for professional health care courses including optometry (Guardian University Guide 2017).
100%
of Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey respondents stated 'The course is intellectually stimulating'.

More about fees

MSc (180 credits, two year course plus dissertation)

Home/EU full-time 2017/18: £8,000
Non EU (overseas) full-time 2017/18: £16,000

Home/EU part-time 2017/18: £4,000 per year
Non EU (overseas) part-time 2017/18: £8,000 per year

PG Diploma (120 credits, two year course)

Home/EU full-time 2017/18: £7,500
Home/EU part-time 2017/18: £3,750 per year

PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course)

Home/EU part-time 2017/18: £3,750

Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

MSc Clinical Optometry

Dr. Michelle Hennelly, Programme Director of City’s MSc Clinical Optometry, introduces our unique course accredited by The College of Optometrists and General Optical Council. The MSc is at the forefront of continuing ophthalmic education and has an international reputation for teaching quality.

Academic facilities

The Division of Optometry opened a brand-new, purpose-built ophthalmic clinic City Sight in 2015. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

There will be extensive use of City's Virtual Learning Platform – Moodle for a more interactive learning experience.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including institution-based taught modules; e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are led by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. You will learn in large and small multi-disciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.

The range of teaching methods is wide and includes lectures (face-to-face; on-line), tutorials, advanced clinical training, clinical demonstrations, videos and discussion of clinical scenarios and action learning sets. Discussion forums, interactive seminars, peer reviewing work-based examples and clinically focussed critical reflections via a case review process are also included.

Practical classes and clinical skills laboratories provide opportunities to develop practical skills and demonstrate techniques covered in lectures. Many lectures are delivered by external specialists, giving access to current issues, research and methods in the field.

A three-hour examination is taken 8-10 weeks after the module. Methods of assessment vary between modules, reflecting their differences in structure and content. The modular examinations include any combination of the following:

  • A multiple choice question paper (normally including questions from each lecturer on the module)
  • Visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs tests (VRICS) (involving analysis of a series of slides/photographs)
  • Patient management case scenarios
  • An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE)
  • Professional practice portfolio
  • Minilabs
  • Peer-reviewed publication

Some modules have more than one assessment component and the weighting for each assessment component is outlined clearly within the module specification.

Modules

The programme provides a range of modules which include 15, 30 and 60 credit modules at Master’s level. The programme provides you with a choice of exit routes but modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses.

Each 15 PG credit module includes 150 hours (15 PG credits) in duration with approximately 30% of the study requires attendance at City for face-to-face learning in either lectures/tutorials or workshops.

Depending on the module, you should be aiming to study approximately:20 hours/week if full-time. 4 hours/week if part-time.

Core modules

You may begin carrying out your dissertation during the year but you are only able to submit it once you have completed all the taught modules successfully.

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

If completing the MSc you are required to complete the School of Health Sciences Research and Data analysis module which is worth 30 Postgraduate credits. You are also required to complete a 60 credit dissertation module.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

  • Academic expert
    Irene Ctori has been an undergrad student, a postgrad student, a doctoral student and is now a lecturer at City.

Career prospects

Optometrists are equipped to provide enhanced clinical care to patients, particularly in the field of ocular therapeutics – they can choose to become an additional supply optometrist or an independent prescribing as part of your MSc training. Students opt to complete the College of Optometrists' Professional Certificate in Glaucoma, Medical Retina and Low Vision or the College of Optometrists’ Higher Professional Certificate in Contact Lenses all of which enhance career opportunities whether within the HES or in practice.


September 2017 applications are now open. You are required to provide original degree certificates; these can be completed at induction.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790
Email: pghealth@city.ac.uk

Candidates are usually UK-registered optometrists who must satisfy all legal requirements to be eligible to practise as optometrists in the UK, and should be registered with the General Optical Council. Overseas candidates will be accepted on an adhoc basis providing the individual's undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK Optometrist.

All entrants to the Programme must be in possession of a relevant first degree.

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