Applicants must hold at least an upper 2nd class Honours Degree in an ophthalmic or biomedical field from a UK University or the recognised equivalent from an overseas University. Other qualifications (such as Fellowship of the British Dispensing Opticians) will be considered individually, on merit. Applicants must have spent at least two years in clinical practice before entering the Programme.
Months of entry
The Doctor of Optometry/ Doctor of Ophthalmic Science (previously known as the Aston “Ophthalmic Doctorate”) is a unique qualification - a professional doctorate - that enables eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge, and critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline through taught and research elements.
The taught element of the programme aims to allow practitioners to enhance their understanding of more advanced ophthalmic topics and to bring their knowledge up to date in evidence-based eye care. The programme also involves an interdisciplinary participation so that students qualified for ophthalmology, optometry, dispensing optics and orthoptics as well as other health care professionals can study both basic and clinical visual science to a higher level. The number of taught elements taken at any time is flexible and can be accumulated over a period of five years.
Qualification and course duration
DProf by taught
Course contact details
- Rachel Giles
- +44 (0)121 204 3000