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    1. 2016
    2. 2017

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

September and January each academic year.


Full-time MSc: two years.
Part-time MSc: three years.
Postgraduate Diploma: two years.
Postgraduate Certificate: one year.

The normal period of registration for a Masters degree is one year's taught programme for full-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation) or two years' taught programme for part-time students (plus up to one year for dissertation).

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Diploma is one year's taught programme for full-time students or two years' taught programme for part-time students.

The normal period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is one year's taught programme for part-time students. Postgraduate Certificates are not offered on a full-time basis. The maximum period of registration for a Postgraduate Certificate is two years.

See more about duration


Full-time: £8,000

Part-time: £4,000 per year


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).

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.


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

  • 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
  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or the equivalent from an international institution.

English requirements

For those students who first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72
  • Students can be exempt from the English language requirements if they have completed an academic qualification equivalent to a UK degree from a majority English-speaking country as defined by the Home Office.

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.

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

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


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

More about funding

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


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.

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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

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.

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.

Career prospects

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.

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