Taught course

Advanced Practice Clinical Optometry

City, University of London · School of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

A UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practice in the UK Registered with the General Optical Council Overseas optometrists will be accepted on an ad-hoc basis providing undergraduate syllabus and clinical responsibilities are similar to those of a UK optometrist A minimum of a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or the equivalent from an international institution.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This new course will prepare optometrists working in specialist practice (in the hospital or community setting) to provide advanced level primary eye care.
Emphasis is placed on modules accredited as part of the College of Optometrists' Professional Certificate (i.e. Glaucoma and Low Vision) and the Independent Prescribing Programme accredited by the General Optical Council (i.e. Principles of Therapeutics, Principles of Prescribing - exit for Additional Supply, Independent Prescribing and Learning in Practice via APEL).
The focus of the programme will be on management of patients (with other medical disciplines if appropriate) and the expansion of the optometrist's role in ocular therapeutics within the hospital and community specialist practice setting. Students will also develop theoretical, methodological and research skills to enhance the ability to critically evaluate research and the clinical evidence base.
Students will conduct a piece of rigorous research, which can form the basis for the development of effective service delivery in healthcare organisations.
City has a thriving research community undertaking pioneering projects in the vision science. We also have well established links with local centres of excellence such as Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology. The course gives students the opportunity to enhance optometric career prospects in the hospital or specialist community context through gaining both an academic qualification and professional qualifications with the College of Optometrists and General Optical Council.
This course is accredited for the General Optical Council's Continuing Education and Training (CET) points. The course includes the Professional Certificates in Glaucoma and Low Vision accredited by the College of Optometrists. The prescribing modules are also accredited by the General Optical Council and the content forms the theory for the College of Optometrists' Independent Prescribing Common Final Assessment.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Full-time EU: £8,000 (MSc) (2015/16)
Part-time EU: £4,000 per year (MSc) (2015/16)
Full-time Non EU: £16,000 (MSc) (2015/16)
Part-time Non EU: £8,000 per year (MSc) (2015/16)
Scholarships: The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January: City University postgraduate scholarships, City University London Graduate Loyalty Discount, School of Health Sciences International Excellence Scholarships (for international students only), Dean's Scholarships
Bursaries: You may also be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)20 7040 5790