Research course

Clinical Investigation and Vision Sciences

Cardiff University · School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in optometry, medicine, psychology, social science, physics, biology, biochemistry, mathematics or any relevant scientific discipline. A First or Upper Second class UK Honours degree, Masters degree, or equivalent is required.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Programme Aims

To provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and expertise for positions within academic vision science research, industrial research and development in the ophthalmic and pharmaceutical industries, Hospital Eye Service (for registered optometrists), and optometric companies.

Special Features

  • State-of-the-art facilities for retinal imaging, visual field examination, electrophysiological investigations, and customised psychophysics apparatus for applied and basic vision science research.
  • An international centre of excellence for studies investigating function and structure in glaucoma and Age-Related Macular Degeneration, visual field loss, and other psychophysical evaluations of central and peripheral vision.
  • Renowned for electrophysiological investigation in glaucoma and diabetes as well as for studies of ocular and related parameters in Down's syndrome.
  • The Group is supported by grants from numerous organisations such as the Wellcome Trust, NIHR/NISCHR, Leverhume Trust, PPP, BUPA, College of Optometrists and numerous other charitable and industrial sources

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Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency of or equivalent to grade 6.5 IELTS

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months


full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Dr Jon Erichsen
+44 (0)29 2087 6163
+44 (0)29 2087 4859