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Clinical Optometry  MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate

Overview

The MSc in Clinical Optometry prepares students to provide enhanced clinical care to patients.  The emphasis is on the co-management of patients and the expansion of the optometrist's role in ocular therapeutics.

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

City has a thriving research community who are undertaking a range of pioneering research in the vision sciences. We also have well-establish links with local centres of excellence such as Moorfields Eye Hospital and the institute of Ophthalmology.

The taught component of most modules is face-to-face and takes place over two days during the week.  The first day of most modules will be delivered by distance learning to reduce the time away from your practice and to provide a blended learning experience.  Students can start acquiring credits towards the Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma or MSc at the beginning of any module throughout the academic year.

This course is accredited for the General Optical Council's Continuing Education and Training (CET) points. The course includes the Professional Certificates in Glaucoma and Low Vision accredited by the College of Optometrists. The prescribing modules are also accredited by the General Optical Council and the content forms the theory for the College of Optometrists' Independent Prescribing Common Final Assessment.

Who is the course for?

The course is for optometrists wishing to extend their professional development and scope of practice.

Why study Clinical Optometry at City?

  • Learn on a flexible, modular course developed to meet your needs as a busy practising optometrist
  • Study within an internationally renowned optometry and visual sciences division
  • Acquire skills and knowledge which are both cutting edge and relevant
  • Undertake modules which are of direct relevance to practising optometrists and are taught by experts in the field
  • Benefit from well-established links with local centres of excellence in the visual sciences.

Download the programme handbook

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.
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £8,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £4,000 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year (MSc)
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Start Date:

The course starts in September and January each academic year.

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 SELTs 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 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
The course starts in September and January each academic year.
Duration:
Part-time: MSc: up to five years. Postgraduate Diploma: up to four years. Postgraduate Certificate: up to two years.

Course Content

Length of course:

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 maximum period of registration is 5 years, if part-time.

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.

Course content:

The MSc in Clinical Optometry prepares students to provide enhanced clinical care to patients.  The emphasis is on the co-management of patients and the expansion of the optometrist's role in ocular therapeutics.

Course Structure

This is a flexible, modular course developed to meet the needs of busy practicing clinicians.

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.


Additional supply and independent prescribing modules:

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.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Read the full 2014 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £8,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £4,000 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £16,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year (MSc)

Length of course:

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.

DegreeHome/EU full-time 2016/17Home/EU part-time 2016/17Non EU (overseas) full-time 2016/17Non 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£3,750N/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 2016/17Module 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

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

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:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.

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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