Ulster University

Ulster University

Clinical Visual Science

This course has been developed to foster advanced theoretical knowledge in clinical issues within the field of vision science, with an emphasis on how research informs practice and the evolution of eye care services and capabilities; the course is organised and structured so you will have the opportunity to choose a particular area of study that interests you, with a balance of core modules to encourage scientific thinking and the critical review of concepts; modules have been designed with contributions from guest experts from ophthalmology, clinicians from hospital settings and other specialists; self-motivation, independent learning, problem solving and developing and communicating scientific arguments are encouraged through a programme which emphasizes critical thinking; a research project will be undertaken by the student in an area of their choosing with support and guidance from an academic supervisor.

Entry requirements

Students currently holding at least a lower second class (2ii) BSc degree in optometry or a bachelor�s degree in orthoptics, medicine, or another related discipline from a university, or from an institution which is recognised by the University of Ulster Senate for this purpose; or students currently holding the European Diploma in optometry and optics (level 6 professional qualification recognised in Europe and by the GOC in the UK); or candidates who have an equivalent standard (normally 50 percent) in a graduate diploma, graduate certificate, postgraduate certificate or postgraduate diploma or an approved alternative qualification in a related subject.

Course modules

Ares of study include: vision science; research governance in healthcare science; healthcare practice module; research design; statistics module; research project; the vision science modules on offer include: age-related Macular degeneration; glaucoma diagnosis and management; visual electrophysiology and retinal imaging.

Assessment methods

All modules will be assessed through the submission of coursework (defined as any non-examination based assessment), and there is no sessional examination for these modules.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Distance learning - 2 years
PgCert Distance learning - 2 years
Distance learning - 2 years

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