City, University of London

City, University of London

Clinical Optometry

The MSc in 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 form leading UK experts in a dynamic learning environment. The programme will provide you with an opportunity to enhance your career prospects in this field through gaining both an academic qualification and a professional qualification with either the General Optical Council or the College of Optometrists (where appropriate). The course is for optometrists wishing to extend their professional development and scope of practice. Emphasis is placed on 'shared-care' or 'co-management' of patients with other medical disciplines and the expansion of the optometrist's role in ocular therapeutics. 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 careers. The programme provides a range of modules including 15 and 60 credit modules at Master's level. There is a choice of exit routes a PG Cert and PG Dip level, modules can also be taken as stand-alone Continuing Professional Development courses.

Entry requirements

PgDip

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

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 SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

PgCert

Candidates are usually UK registered optometrists; overseas candidates must satisfy all legal requirements to be eligible to practise as optometrists in the UK and should be registered with the General Optical Council.
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 SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Course modules

PgDip

PG Diploma (120 credits)
Core Modules:
Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits).
You may begin carrying out your Dissertation (60 credits) during the year but you are only able to submit it once you have completed all the taught modules successfully.

Elective Modules:
Binocular Vision (15 credits) ;
Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (15 credits);
Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses (30 credits);
Professional Certificate in Medical Retina;
Critical Thinking in Ophthalmic Practice (15 credits);
Paediatric Optometry (15 credits);
Professional Certificate in Low Vision (15 credits);
Principles of therapeutics (15 credits);
Principles of prescribing (15 credits);
Independent prescribing (15 credits);
Refractive Surgery (15 credits).

PgCert

PG Certificate (60 credits, one year course)

Core Modules:
Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits).

Elective Modules:
Binocular Vision (15 credits) ;
Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (15 credits);
Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses (30 credits);
Professional Certificate in Medical Retina;
Critical Thinking in Ophthalmic Practice (15 credits);
Paediatric Optometry (15 credits);
Professional Certificate in Low Vision (15 credits);
Principles of therapeutics (15 credits);
Principles of prescribing (15 credits);
Independent prescribing (15 credits);
Refractive Surgery (15 credits).

MSc

Core Modules:
Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits).
You may begin carrying out your Dissertation (60 credits) during the year but you are only able to submit it once you have completed all the taught modules successfully.

Elective Modules:
Binocular Vision (15 credits) ;
Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (15 credits);
Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses (30 credits);
Professional Certificate in Medical Retina;
Critical Thinking in Ophthalmic Practice (15 credits);
Paediatric Optometry (15 credits);
Professional Certificate in Low Vision (15 credits);
Principles of therapeutics (15 credits);
Principles of prescribing (15 credits);
Independent prescribing (15 credits);
Refractive Surgery (15 credits).

Assessment methods

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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