Clinical Optometry (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
n/a (full-time) / Varies (part-time) / Varies (distance / e-Learning)
Our distance learning MSc in Clinical Optometry has been developed to combine allowing students to enhance their skills and knowledge in key areas with obtaining quality postgraduate qualifications in a flexible and supportive environment. A wide range of modules are available with many including practical training.
- Two of our modules (OPT009: Glaucoma Foundation and OPT010: Glaucoma Level 1) have been accredited by The College of Optometrists. Successful completion of these two modules will automatically lead to you being awarded The College’s Professional Certificate in Glaucoma.
Facilities include new and refurbished clinics and laboratories, all fitted with state-of-the-art equipment.
The MSc in Clinical Optometry is a part-time, distance learning (e-Learning) course with practical tutorials/workshops to accompany many modules. There are four ways to learn with us. Students can enrol for:
- A Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) – 60 credits
- A Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) - 120 credits
- A Master of Science (MSc) – 180 credits; to include a research project
- Individual modules - 10, 20 or 30 credits each
The emphasis is on flexible learning for the individual and typical progress would be to complete twenty credits per academic term, so it would normally take 2-3 years to complete the MSc, including the research project.
The course will allow eye care professionals to enhance both their knowledge and clinical skills via a unique combination of distance learning and practical tuition. Students will have access to:
- Flexible, supported learning environment for the eyecare professional
- Modules relevant to today's clinical practice and professional development
- Excellent tuition from a dedicated team of tutors who are leaders in their field
- Material that has undergone academic peer-review to insure the latest evidence-based content
- Dedicated IT support for learners
- CET points and accreditation of prior learning where appropriate
The majority of the course will be delivered via Learning Central, the University's e-Learning system. You will have access to multimedia lecture presentations, supporting resources and discussions led by course tutors. On many of the modules leading educators in the field also provide practical skills workshops and tutorial.
Formative and summative assessment is via online multiple-choice questions, submitted written coursework and assignments, plus practical exams where appropriate.
24 modules are available including:
Many of the modules include practical, hands-on training
- Low vision
- Acute eye care
- Neurology for optometrists
- Paediatric optometry
- Clinical teaching for optometrists
- Optometry for learning disabilities
- Imaging & advanced instrumentation
- Management of tear film disorders
- Research project
- Leadership skills
- Study skills
- Legal Aspects of UK Optometry
- Evidence based practice and clinical audit
- Opthalmic Public Health
Library and IT Services: As a Cardiff University student you will have access to the library and computing services and will benefit from extended library loans, postal loans, email transmission of scanned articles and access to electronic information resources such as online journals. You can also become a member of SCONUL, a system allowing students to borrow material from other participating libraries in the UK and Ireland.
In addition students will be invited to a induction day at Cardiff University where they will have the opportunity to meet the tutors and attend IT and library training
- Project and time management
- Develop IT skills
- Refining analytical and problem-solving skills
- Working independently
- Problem solving
- Communication skills
'Since starting the program my confidence as an Optometrist has been boosted and I now know I deliver a much higher standard of care to my patients.'
Anaeka Sodha, 2nd Year Student
Read Anaeka's full testimonial
'I originally applied to Cardiff University after realising I already had credits via my LOC that contributed towards a recognised College of Optometrists Certificate. I decided to study the next Glaucoma module in the series and added Optometric Law at the last minute as the content looked intriguing.
'All lectures and learning material are online so can be accessed anywhere, even on my iPhone, which is convenient for distance learning. Since starting the program my confidence as an Optometrist has been boosted and I now know I deliver a much higher standard of care to my patients. Any questions that I have are answered promptly by the module leader via email, and a telephone conversation can be arranged if required.
'I am now in the second semester and have changed from being an occasional learner to the Postgraduate Certificate as I found the more modules I chose the more inspired I was to learn. The tutors are experts in their fields and the variety of module choices makes me tempted to complete the full MSc.
'At the age of 25 I have already had a career break, but WOPEC has definitely brought my love for Optometry back!'
Applicants should normally hold a BSc (Hons) Degree in Optometry or a related subject. Please note that this is not a conversion course, you will need to be an eye care professional in order to apply for these courses.
English Language Requirements: Minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS)
If you are applying to study one or more modules, but not a full university award, please select Non-Degree Clinical Optometry. If successful, you will be invited to select your modules after your application has been processed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Application Deadline: August and February of each year.
Note:The tuition fees listed below are per annum and may be subject to incremental raises.
UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
MSc fee. PGDip fee: £2216. PGCert fee: £1662. Occasional Learners (Based on 10 Credits) £587
International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
MSc fee. PGDip fee: £3256. PGCert fee: £2442. Occasional Learners (Based on 10 Credits) £847
Next intake: September and March each year
Name: OPTOM Postgraduate Taught Team
Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0561