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).
The course is for optometrists wishing to extend their professional development and scope of practice.
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.
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:
- Low Vision
- Medical Retina
The Contact Lens Practice module is accredited as the ‘Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lens Practice’. Find out more
For those students who first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
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:
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.
|Degree||Home/EU full-time 2016/17||Home/EU part-time 2016/17||Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17||Non EU (overseas) part-time 2016/17|
|MSc (180 credits)||£8,000||£4,000||£16,000||£8,000|
|PG Diploma (120 credits)||£7,500||£3,750||£15,000||£7,500|
|PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course)||N/A||£3,750||N/A||£7,500|
Please note that fees are subject to annual increases. If you register on a PG Certificate (or PG Diploma) and then wish to proceed to study for a PG Diploma (or MSc) you will be moved onto a modular route and charged per module.
|Module fee Home/EU 2016/17||Module fee Non EU (overseas) 2016/17|
|15 credit module fee||£1,000||£2,000|
|30 credit module fee||£2,000||£4,000|
|Dissertation (60 credits, one year course)||£2,000||£4,000|
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
Teaching methods very between modules, and may include didactic lectures, clinical training, videos, seminars and discussion of clinical case scenarios. On-line lectures and resources are also provided via our virtual learning environment Moodle.
Purely didactic modules are examined by means of multiple choice questions papers/short answer questions and assignments. Modules with a significant practical element may also have an objective structured clinical examination or patient case scenarios.
This is a flexible, modular course developed to meet the needs of busy practicing clinicians.
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.
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.
You will be equipped to provide enhanced clinical care to patients, particularly in the field of ocular therapeutics - you may choose to become an additional supply optometrist or an independent prescribing (includes supplementary prescriber) as part of your MSc training. You may also 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.