Taught course

Clinical Optometry

Cardiff University · School of Optometry and Vision Sciences

Entry requirements

This Programme is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners in optometry.

Students are normally expected to hold either:

UK/EU Students: BSc (Hons) Optometry, GOC registration or equivalent national qualification.

Overseas Students: Honours degree in Optometry or Professional optometric qualification of home country.

Non UK/EU Students: Honours degree in Optometry or Professional optometric qualification of home country.

Note: As the scope of optometric practice varies considerably around the world, interviews will be held with non-UK optometrists, in person or using Skype, to ensure practitioners have the relevant clinical skills required to undertake this course.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of this programme is to provide optometrists with the opportunity to undertake a challenging and rewarding Masters in Clinical Optometry that focuses on their personal development as professionals leading, managing and developing ophthalmic practice roles and models of care delivery.

The MSc Clinical Optometry is designed for optometrists in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge base, and specialist clinical and leadership skills. You will become actively involved in the advancement of optometry.

The MSc is a 180 credit Level 7 qualification. It has been designed to meet the continuing education and training needs of the modern eye care professional providing advanced knowledge and facilitating understanding in this rapidly expanding field of healthcare, whilst at the same time achieving a higher degree.

A deliberately wide portfolio of modules is offered in order to recognise the increasing desire for specialist training within optometry, including glaucoma, acute eye care, paediatrics, dry eye, medical retina, clinical teaching and leadership, amongst others. Specific programme pathways are suggested for those wishing to focus on certain areas of practice.

Successful students on this programme will have an advanced standing both clinically and academically, taking them to the forefront of the profession, and enhancing their personal and professional development.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

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