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Glaucoma (PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / 2 years (part-time) (distance / e-Learning)

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Course Aims

Our distance learning postgraduate certificate in glaucoma 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.

Special Features

Course Description

The postgraduate certificate in glaucoma’s modules have been specifically designed to complement the levels of activity and responsibility that optometrists could undertake in community and hospital practice. The content is aligned, wherever possible, with national pathways for enhanced services and professional accreditation schemes. The PgCert will also supplement the publication of the NICE guidelines, ‘Glaucoma - Diagnosis and management of chronic open angle glaucoma and ocular hypertension’ in 2009 which has altered the way in which optometrists manage cases of glaucoma in the community.

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.

Course Structure

The postgraduate certificate is made up of four modules, for a total of sixty credits.

OPT009 - Glaucoma Foundation

This module is designed to provide postgraduate optometrists with a good background knowledge and understanding of the pathogenesis and detection of glaucoma at an advanced level, and to teach the essential practical skills needed to provide a consistent approach to glaucoma detection in primary care. This module is particularly suitable for those who wish to update their knowledge in this area before providing enhanced services.

OPT010 - Glaucoma Level 1

This module builds on from OPT009 – Glaucoma Foundation to further knowledge and understanding, to provide training in corneal pachymetry and further experience in visual field and disc evaluation. It aims to provide the practical skills training and knowledge for optometrists to participate in monitoring those suspected of having glaucoma or ocular hypertension (OHT) and those who have been diagnosed in secondary care but who are not receiving treatment.

OPT011 - Glaucoma Level 2

This module builds on from OPT010 – Glaucoma Level 1, to provide training in the auxiliary techniques that are used to monitor and diagnose OHT and suspected glaucoma. Its content will promote a thorough understanding of the methods and instrumentation used to detect a change in clinical status. Knowledge of glaucoma medications, their side effects and contra-indications will complete the educational component, and provide the optometrist with the confidence to manage and make decisions about patients being treated for ocular hypertension (OHT) or those with suspect glaucoma. The topic of gonioscopy is introduced, including a practical tutorial.

OPT012 - Glaucoma Level 3

This is the final module in the series. It aims to prepare optometrists to provide, either in the community or in hospital-based schemes, a comprehensive glaucoma service including the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients, who have glaucoma or ocular hypertension (OHT).

Skills Acquired

Academic Requirements

Applicants should hold a BSc in Optometry. All applications should be submitted before one month before the start of term.

Next intake: September and March each year

School Contact

Name: OPTOM Postgraduate Taught Team  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 0561 



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Important legal information

The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by July 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.


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