University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Primary Care Ophthalmology

Aimed primarily at optometrists seeking formal postgraduate training in community-based clinical care, this programme is also highly relevant for medical and surgical trainees entering specialty training in ophthalmology. This degree is aligned with the curricula of both the FRCSEd and FRCOphth examinations in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to the programme is a UK 2.1 undergraduate degree in optometry, a medical degree, or its international equivalent. Applications from health professionals involved in eye care with a UK 2.1 or higher result undergraduate degree in orthoptics, dispensing optics, ophthalmic nursing, biomedical sciences, or international equivalents, will also be considered. Applicants who fall below these entry requirements but who have relevant work experience (3-5 years) will be considered on a case by case basis for admission to the Postgraduate Certificate level in the first instance. Applications from those with non-university professional qualifications, such as RGN, with appropriate clinical experience will be considered on an individual basis. Prospective UK applicants would normally be expected to be registered with the GOC or GMC, or their regulatory equivalents, and be working in a community practice or recognised hospital optometry or ophthalmology department at the time of commencing the course. Trainees applying for the MSc should be entering specialty training in ophthalmology (ST1-2). This programme is also likely to be attractive to international postgraduate students who hold equivalent qualifications and registration.

Course modules

Delivered through an online learning environment, this programme runs on a semester basis over 3 years and involves approximately 10 hours of study each week in a flexible, modular manner. All modules are compulsory and are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach and involve participation in discussion boards and reflective portfolios.

Assessment methods

At the certificate and diploma levels, students must attend an end-of-year examination, held in Edinburgh for UK-based students or with a pre-approved partner institution for international students.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgCert Part-time £ 3,220 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
PgDip Part-time £ 3,220 per Academic year (home fees) 48 months
MSc Part-time £ 3,220 per Academic year (home fees) 72 months

Campus details

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Distance learning

Key information

MSc Programme Administration
Telephone number: 
0131 527 1604