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Optometry / Ophthalmic Science MSc

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Study mode

Part time


5 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ophthalmology Optometry

Course type


Course Summary

The flexible Aston University Optometry / Ophthalmic Science MSc will equip you with up-to date knowledge of clinical techniques, advanced instrumentation, ocular abnormality and the latest innovations relevant to your discipline, while you continue to work full-time in professional practice.

Learning and teaching

As a part-time distance learning student, your lectures will be delivered online using Blackboard, our virtual learning environment. The lectures, which are available whenever you chose to view them to ensure maximum flexibility, are accompanied by short formative tests throughout the module. Each module includes a substantial piece of coursework, e.g. a scientific literature review or portfolio of case records.

Career prospects

This course has been designed for those already in professional practice who want to advance their skills and gain a deeper understanding of their area of speciality, or develop knowledge in new areas.

Like the flexibility of this course, the career progression opportunities it provides is highly personal. Many students choose to undertake this qualification to progress within their selected specialist career path, others to branch out into new specialisms. Some students also choose to continue onto the Doctor of Optometry DOptom / Doctor of Ophthalmic Science DOphSc where they will complete an advanced research project.


Refractive Surgery (20 Credits) - Core
Nutrition and the Eye (20 Credits) - Core
Myopia (20 Credits) - Core
Glaucoma (20 Credits) - Core
General Ocular Therapeutics (20 Credits) - Core
Accommodation and Presbyopia (20 Credits) - Core
Retinal and Macular Disorders (20 Credits) - Core
Prescribing for Disorders of the Eye (General Optical Council approved Independent Prescribing module) (20 Credits) - Core
Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (General Optical Council approved Independent Prescribing module) (20 Credits) - Core
Paediatric Eye Care (20 Credits) - Core
Medical Retina (20 Credits) - Core
Research Review (20 Credits) - Core
Advanced Contact Lenses (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

Minimum upper 2nd class (2:1) honours degree in an ophthalmic or biomedical field from a UK university or the recognised equivalent from an overseas university.