Cardiff University

Cardiff University

Clinical Optometry

This course has been designed to meet the continuing education and training needs of the modern eye care professional whilst at the same time achieving a higher degree. It has been designed to fulfil the learning needs of the postgraduate eye care professional in practice; to provide advanced knowledge and facilitate understanding in this rapidly expanding field of healthcare. The flexibility of the programme allows you to simply enrol for a module that interests you (what we refer to as non-degree), or aim for a specific Cardiff University Award. The MSc provides the opportunity for you to learn with one of the leading Optometry Schools in the UK, rated excellent for teaching and research, and amongst the highest ranked for overall undergraduate student satisfaction. In 2015-16 we had 100% satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey. We have designed this programme with you in mind - a busy professional who needs postgraduate studies to be flexible, to fit in with work, home and family life, to fulfill CET requirements and to achieve something worthwhile. Many of the modules available are accredited by the College of Optometrists to provide Professional Certificates, Higher Certificates and Diplomas. WOPEC (the Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre) based at Cardiff University, already has an excellent reputation for delivering quality continuing education in an accessible format. If you have already completed a WOPEC course you may find you have already achieved some credits towards a University Award on this programme. A deliberately wide portfolio of modules is offered in order to recognise the increasing desire for specialist training within optometry, including glaucoma, visual impairment, acute eye care, paediatrics, dry eye, medical retina, clinical teaching and leadership, amongst others. Specific programme pathways are suggested for optometrists wishing to focus on certain areas of practice, and there is a recommended programme pathway for those returning to work after a career break. The programme is primarily aimed at eye care professionals in practice, studying part-time, at a distance from the University, with internet access to our virtual learning environment (VLE). Two-thirds of the modules available on this programme also contain advanced practical training, which will normally be provided over a 1-2 day period. Successful students on this programme will have an advanced standing both clinically and academically, taking them to the forefront of the profession, and enhancing their personal and professional development. Several modules are aligned with nationally agreed competency standards - for example, the Low Vision Service Wales and the MECS scheme among others. Students who have evidence of achieving such standards within the last three years can present this to the Director of the programme for consideration for approved prior learning (APL) accreditation, where module credits would be given to the student in recognition of their prior achievements.

Course modules

Assessment methods


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning March 2017 - 4 years
MSc Distance learning September 2017 - 4 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning March 2017 - 4 years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Distance learning September 2017 - 4 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning March 2017 - 2 years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning September 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

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Distance Learning

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