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  1. Ophthalmic Nursing
    1. 2017

Ophthalmic Nursing

MSc / Postgrad Diploma / Postgrad Certificate |
This programme is designed for nurses working in the specialist fields of eye care and ophthalmics, who are seeking a Masters qualification in their chosen specialism.

Key Information

Start date

October and January of each year.


The time required for completion is two years, plus up to another year for completion of dissertation. The programme must be completed within five years.


Part-time: £3,750 per year


Part-time: £7,500 per year

Application period

Until August for October start. Early December for January start.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for nurses who see their medium or long term future within ophthalmics.

In order to maximise the benefits derived from this programme, it would be helpful if you already have several months’ experience within ophthalmic care.


This MSc programme is flexible and professionally orientated, seeking to prepare a specialist, research-focused workforce that will help revolutionise health and social care provision to better meet society’s changing demographic health needs, by using new technologies and more innovative and creative working practices.

The programme will prepare you for new, efficient and ethical ways of working that offer better quality of life and quality of care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service. It will enable you to respond better to the increasing pressures on the current healthcare system.

We offer education in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to ophthalmic nursing. We will develop your research and critical thinking skills and provide the opportunity to conduct research under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent practice and research in future.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Bachelor’s degree with lower second-class honours or above.

Those applicants who do not have a first degree will be considered but are required to successfully complete a degree level module in biological sciences.

English requirements

In addition to the listed entry requirements, if your first language is not English you will also need IELTS: 7.0 with at least 6:5 in all components.

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

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

Some employers are willing to provide financial assistance for part of or the entire programme. Students are encouraged to speak with their Trust regarding funding support.

Students are invited to apply for the School of Health Sciences Dean’s Scholarship, worth £2,500. The Scholarship is awarded to students who show academic and/or clinical excellence in their application.


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

The programme is taught by academic staff from the School of Health Sciences, supported by clinical colleagues. Most of the modules are worth 15 credits (or 1\8 of the total programme). However, some modules are worth 30 credits.

A range of teaching and learning strategies are used, depending upon the nature of the material. These will include lectures and small group tutorials, group work, simulated practice and visits.


Similarly, the assessments are equally varied, and will include coursework, online projects, invigilated examination and objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs).

Your dissertation is worth 60 credits (1\3 of the entire programme) and is a piece of research undertaken with the supervision of an academic member of staff with a special interest in ophthalmics. They are appointed by the programme director or the module leader.


The exact sequence of modules is negotiable, and will depend upon your availability to study your electives and the occurrence of the modules.

Core modules

You are advised to undertake the core compulsory modules during the first year; APM001 (Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice) during PRD1 and HRM001 (Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis) during PRD1 or PRD2.

You will undertake four discipline specific modules:

  • OVM013 Vision in the aged
  • OVM006 Glaucoma
  • NMM024 Medicines Management
  • OVM056 Medical Retina.

Elective modules

You will have the option of taking one elective, which may be in opthalmics or from the broader module diet offered by the School of Health Sciences.

  • Academic expert
    MSc Programme Director working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

This programme will prepare you to work autonomously in the area of opthalmics and eye care, within the NHS or the private sector and in the acute hospital sector or the wider community.

You will develop specialist skills in working with people experiencing vision impairment and other sensory loss.

You will develop skills in conducting research projects and in critiquing and applying research to your area.

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