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Ophthalmic Nursing  MSc


The MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Ophthalmic Nursing) is a flexible, professionally orientated programme for nurses working in ophthalmic health and eye care within health and social care provisions.

Changes in healthcare needs and provision have led to the use of new technologies and more innovative and creative working practices. This course will help prepare a specialist research-focused workforce that will help revolutionise health and social care provision.

The course gives new, efficient and ethical ways of working that will offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign. It will enable students to respond better to the increasing pressures within the current healthcare system.

The course offers teaching in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to ophthalmic nursing. It also develops research skills and critical thinking and provides the opportunity to conduct a research project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent research in the future. This provides students with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master's course tailored to ophthalmic care.

Dean's Scholarships

For those starting in January and/or September 2015, there are up to 12 Dean's Scholarships available, based on academic and clinical excellence. Each scholarship is worth £2,500, and will be awarded to students across all the routes of this course. Find out if you qualify and how to apply.

Who is the course for?

This course is for registered nurses working in ophthalmic health or caring for people who are experiencing vision loss. It is for staff nurses and nurse managers, as well as those seeking a career in nursing or health research.

Why study Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care at City (Ophthalmic Nursing)?

  • Advance your existing practice and progress your leadership and research skills
  • Tailor the course to meet your person and professional needs
  • Expand and share your knowledge and experience with fellow students
  • Learn from academics who are internationally recognised and contributed to highly regarded published literature
  • Advance your career and professional aspirations

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a lower second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year (MSc)

Start Date:

The course starts in January and October each academic year.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements:

  • A second class honours degree or equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education. Exceptional applicants without a first degree will be considered, but will usually be required to undertake the Biological Foundations in Clinical Practice and Related Pharmacology module. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview
  • A current professional registration with a relevant professional / statutory body or equivalent
  • At least two years' relevant clinical experience as a registered nurse, including one years' experience within ophthalmic nursing.
  • References may be requested.

Applicants will be able to bring to the programme recent studies (up to 45 credits) taken elsewhere, and thereby be exempted from one or more modules.

English Requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • IELTS: 7.0
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: 72.

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 January and October each academic year.
Part-time: at least two years and one year for the dissertation. Start dates in January and October.

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).

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.

Core modules include:

Core elective modules include:

Optional modules:

Students have the opportunity to complete an additional module of 15 credits offered across the School of Health Sciences' Continuing Personal & Professional Development (CPPD) portfolio. Students must gain 60 credits for a Postgraduate Certificate and 120 credits for a Postgraduate Diploma. The addition of a dissertation leads to an MSc.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

A blended approach to learning and teaching is used with teaching methods such as: lectures; self-directed study; tutorials; action learning sets, class-based seminars; reflective study; enquiry based learning; workshops; individual and collaborative activity and presentations.

Students will learn in a variety of multidisciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning. There will be extensive use of the University's Virtual Learning Platform - Moodle - for a more interactive learning experience. How will I be assessed?

Assessments are varied to meet the practice and academic challenges of a Masters level course, while recognising the need for motivating, realistic and relevant activity. Assessment strategies include coursework, examinations, portfolios, minilabs, case studies, reports, seminar presentations, skills schedules and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). Students may be expected to take part in formative assessment activities during the modules in addition to the summative assessments for each module.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.



  • Full-time EU: £7,500 (MSc)
  • Part-time EU: £3,750 per year (MSc)
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000 (MSc)
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 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).

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)£7,500£3,750£15,000£7,500

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.


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.


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.


You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary. Please visit the NHS Bursary page of our website, or the

NHS Student Bursaries website for details.

Career Prospects

This course will enhance skills in practice, teaching and research leading to roles in nurse management, student support and as ophthalmic nurse specialists in a range of public and private settings. The course is also suitable for nurses considering a post in research.