City, University of London

City, University of London

Advanced Practice Clinical Optometry

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. 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.

Entry requirements

A UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practice in the UK
Registered with the General Optical Council
Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist
A minimum of an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree, or the equivalent from an international institution.
All entrants to the Programme must be in possession of a relevant first degree.

Course modules

Core Modules:
- Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (online) (30 credits)
- Dissertation (60 credits)

Elective Modules
- Critical approaches to advanced practice (15 credits)
- 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)

Assessment methods

Teaching and assessment methods are tailored to the learning objectives of each module component. 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. Discussion forums, interactive seminars, peer reviewing work-based examples and clinically focussed critical reflections via a case review process are also included.

Purely didactic modules are examined by means of multiple-choice question papers, whereas modules with a significant practical element may also have an objective structured clinical examination or a test of visual recognition of clinical signs and/or patient case scenarios. A professional practice portfolio / assignment may also be part of the assessment criteria.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time January 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time January 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 16,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time October 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 8,000 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 GBP 4,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years

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