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Full time | Northampton Square | 1 year | SEP-23

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1 year

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MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

Key information

Combine the latest research and theoretical knowledge with practical learning and clinical skills on this master’s programme for practising optometrists. Our MSc enjoys an excellent reputation and you will learn with expert practitioners and researchers who are leaders in the field of eye disease and ocular therapeutics.

Course overview

Benefits of this course

You will develop your clinical and theoretical knowledge with the guidance of expert practitioners informed by the most up-to-date research.

You will gain a detailed understanding of the expanding role of optometrists in the co-management of patients.

Your studies will be underpinned by a core module in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis to develop your critical research skills.

Accredited by the General Optical Council and the College of Optometrists.

Who is this course for?

This MSc programme is for qualified, practising optometrists who wish to increase their professional knowledge and enhance the clinical care they provide for patients.

Teaching and assessment

You will learn through a dynamic mix of methods including:

  • lectures (face-to-face and online)
  • tutorials
  • discussion forums
  • interactive seminars
  • case reviews
  • clinical demonstrations
  • videos and discussion of clinical scenarios
  • practical classes and clinical skills laboratories.


Optometry is an evolving field with optometrists taking on greater responsibility for managing and prescribing for some eye conditions, as well as being involved in the shared care of patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

On completing the MSc in Clinical Optometry, you will have the academic and research skills to enhance your professional expertise, opening up opportunities to specialise in a particular area of clinical practice and expand your scope of practice

You could also consider pursuing further study with a view to combining academic teaching or research with your practitioner role.


The aim of this module is to develop your theoretical, methodological and research skills to enhance your ability to conduct rigorous research and to reach sound analytical conclusions, which form the basis of effective service delivery in health and social care organisations.

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Entry requirements

You should be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practice in the UK. You should also be registered with the General Optical Council. An Honours degree in Optometry or professional optometric qualification of home country will be required from overseas candidates - clinical experience and responsibilities must be current and similar to a UK optometrist. Non-UK optometrists will be expected to attend interview in person or via Skype to ensure practitioners have the relevant clinical skills to complete the programme. A minimum of a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or the equivalent from an international institution.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK institution, offering an innovative programme of undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses which uphold the university’s commitment to enhance people’s lives through education. City is a research-driven university and has around 21,000 enrolled students, of which 45% are studying postgraduate qualifications. The university community is a diverse and international population home to students from...more

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