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Full time | Preston Campus | 3 years | SEP-22

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Full time


3 years

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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Course Summary

If you are working within the optical industry and wish to follow a fast-track path to a master’s qualification while working, the three-year MSc Optometry is a good choice. Our blended learning format enables you to embed learning from the on-campus study blocks into your clinical practice.

The course combines several week-long blocks of on-campus learning with online materials and questions. Time away from campus is spent in practice, observing, practising and advancing the skills and knowledge gained.

Teaching is delivered over three semesters, so there are no long gaps between learning - fast-tracking your progress to the MSc qualification.

Why study with us

  • Gain real-world skills in our specialist Dispensing and Optometry Pre-Clinical lab.
  • Our on-campus Eye Health Clinic is the student-led equivalent of a high street optical practice, meeting the eyecare needs of members of public.
  • Your last year combines the Optometry Scheme for Registration period with your master’s research project module (a dissertation on an area of your personal or professional interest).

ACCREDITATIONS: General Optical Council

Future Careers

As a registered Optometrist, you have the opportunity to start your own business or be self-employed, work in a primary care (high street optical practices) or hospital setting.

MSc graduates may choose further study to gain higher qualifications in Low Vision, Glaucoma, Paediatrics and Medical Retina.?A research degree opens doors to research companies developing new technologies and treatment options.


This module aims to develop your ability to investigate the anterior eye and adnexa, establish the refractive status of the eye including binocularity. It will enable you to prescribe appropriate optical appliances including contact lenses, introduce the ability to problem solve clinical scenarios encountered in optometric practice. To recognise any extraocular conditions needing treatment, management or onward referral. To integrate optometric management of vision abnormalities via understanding of the legal framework relating to the supply of optical appliances including contact lenses and over the counter medication. To be able to communicate effectively to patients, carers and members of the healthcare team the results and management plans.

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Entry requirements

Applicants will be a Registered Dispensing Optician with one-year post-registration experience along with passing the entrance exam. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme and if they have experience.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a forward-thinking university with multiple campuses and a truly international community of student learners. Founded in 1828, it has become one of the UK’s largest universities, with almost 200 years of heritage in delivering high-quality education. UCLan offers a portfolio of over 200 employment-oriented courses, aimed at preparing graduates for successful and impactful careers. The...more