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    1. 2017
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MSc Advanced Practice Clinical Optometry

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The MSc Clinical Optometry (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) provides optometrists working in specialist practice with evidence-based knowledge and practice of advanced level primary eye care.

Key Information

Start date

October and January

Duration

Full-time: one year (plus one year dissertation)

Part-time: a maximum of five years

UK/EU

Full-time: £8,000 per year

Part-time: £4,000 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £16,000 per year

Part-time: £8,000 per year

Application period

Until the course start date

Who is it for?

The course is for optometrists working in specialist practice (in the hospital or community setting) who wish to build up a portfolio of training in evidence-based knowledge and practice of advanced level primary eye care.

Students are usually UK-registered optometrists who must satisfy all legal requirements to be eligible to practise as optometrists in the UK, and should be registered with the General Optical Council. Overseas candidates will be accepted on an ad hoc basis providing the individual's undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK Optometrist.

All entrants to the Programme must be in possession of a relevant first degree.

Objectives

The MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (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 from leading UK experts in a dynamic learning environment.

The key purpose of the programme is the management of patients (with other medical disciplines if appropriate) and the expansion of the optometrist's role in ocular therapeutics within the hospital and community specialist practice setting.

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 career. For some modules, you will learn alongside other health care practitioners enriching the learning experience.

By completing the MSc in APHSC (Clinical Optometry) optometrists will have demonstrated original application of knowledge to the field of clinical optometry and clinical decision-making in relation to practice. Optometrists will have been engaged in research that contributes new views to this area. There is a choice of exit routes at PG Certificate and PG Diploma level and modules can also be taken as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development courses.

Accreditation

General Optical Council

The General Optical Council accredits the following modules which make up the prescribing programme: 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.

The College of Optometrists accredits the Glaucoma, Low Vision and Medical Retina modules as providing ‘The Professional Certificate’.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Candidates are usually UK-registered optometrists who must satisfy all legal requirements to be eligible to practise as optometrists in the UK, and should be registered with the General Optical Council.

Overseas candidates will be accepted on an ad hoc basis providing the individual's undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK Optometrist.

All entrants to the Programme must be in possession of a relevant first degree.

The normal entry requirements are:

  • A first degree (upper second-class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.
  • A satisfactory academic reference and a satisfactory clinical reference.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a post graduate course of study:

  • A first degree from a UK university
  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest scoring below 6.5.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

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

Applications for September 2017 entry are now closed.

You will be required to provide original degree certificates; this can be completed at induction.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790
Email: pghealth@city.ac.uk

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

1898
the year City started providing education in technical optics.
1st
in London for professional health care courses including optometry (Guardian University Guide 2017).
100%
of Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey respondents stated 'The course is intellectually stimulating'.

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Funding

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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.

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's brand-new, purpose-built clinics. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision and language sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

Academic facilities

The Division of Optometry opened brand-new, purpose-built clinic, City Sight in 2015. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

There will be extensive use of the City's Virtual Learning Platform – Moodle – for a more interactive learning experience.

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Teaching and learning

A blended approach to learning and teaching is adopted including institution-based taught modules; e-learning and work-based learning. Modules are run by experienced practitioners and leading researchers, using a variety of direct and interactive teaching methods. You will learn in large and small multi-disciplinary groups and will be supported and encouraged to participate in independent learning.

The range of teaching methods is wide and includes lectures (face-to-face and online), tutorials, advanced clinical training, clinical demonstrations, videos and discussion of clinical scenarios and action learning sets. Discussion forums, interactive seminars, peer reviewing work-based examples and clinically focussed critical reflections via a case review process are also included. Practical classes and clinical skills laboratories provide opportunities to develop practical skills and to give demonstrations of techniques covered in lectures. Many lectures are delivered by external specialists, giving access to current issues, research and methods in the field.  There is a significant amount of independent study within each module (e.g.120 hours/15 PG credit module) and this time is for you to read literature related to the modules you are studying and to reflect on your clinical practice.

Assessment

A three-hour examination is normally held 8-10 weeks after the module. Methods of assessment vary between modules, to reflect their differences in structure and content.  The modular examinations may include any combination of the following:

  • A multiple choice question (MCQ) paper
  • Visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs tests (VRICS)
  • Patient management case scenarios
  • An objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) examination
  • A professional practice portfolio
  • Minilabs
  • Peer reviewed publication

Some modules have more than one assessment component and the weighting for each assessment component is outlined clearly within the module specification.

Modules

Modules within the programme will include decision-making, resolving conflict, resource allocation and ethical issues. You will also be able to develop your theoretical, methodological and research skills to enhance your ability to critically evaluate research and the clinical evidence base.

The programme provides a range of modules which include 15, 30 and 60 credit modules at Master’s level. The programme provides you with a choice of exit routes and most modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses.

Each 15 PG credit module includes 150 hours (15 credits) in duration with approximately 30% of the study requires attendance at City for face-to-face learning in either lectures/tutorials or workshops.

You will study two core modules, and can choose a further five modules from a choice of five discipline-specific modules and two elective modules.  If you are part-time, you should aim to take two modules per term over two years.  If you are full-time, you take four modules per term over one year.

Depending on the module, you should be aiming to study approximately:

  • 20 hours per week if full-time
  • Four hours per week if part-time

Core modules

  • Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (online) (30 credits)
  • Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective modules

You will choose a further five elective modules. Elective modules available include:

  • Principles of Therapeutics (15 credits)
  • Principles of Prescribing (15 credits)
  • Independent Prescribing (15 credits)
  • Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (15 credits)
  • Professional Certificate in Low Vision (15 credits)
  • Leadership for practice and service delivery (15 credits)
  • Management and leadership in Health care (15 credits)
  • Contact Lens Practice (15 credits).
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in Optometry and Visual Sciences working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Professor of Clinical Visual Science working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    MSc Programme Director working in the School of Health Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Senior Lecturer working in the School of Health Sciences.

Career prospects

This programme is aimed at hospital optometrists or community optometrists working in specialist practice. The programme will provide you with an opportunity to enhance your career prospects in the context of hospital or specialist community optometry through gaining both an academic qualification and professional qualifications with the College of Optometrists and the General Optical Council.

Application Deadline

the course start date


Applications for September 2017 entry are now closed.

You will be required to provide original degree certificates; this can be completed at induction.

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790
Email: pghealth@city.ac.uk

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School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB

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