Research course

Optometry

Institution
The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Researchers in the Eye and Vision Sciences group work on basic science and clinical projects to improve our current understanding of the structure and function of the human visual system. Our PhD/MPhil Optometry programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve your understanding of Optometry.

Our postgraduate research in Optometry follows several key themes:

Function and Dysfunction: The measurement of functional loss in various ophthalmic conditions, along with the evaluation and development of measurement technologies forms the basis of this theme.

Visual Optics and Instrumentation: Optimal visual performance depends on the production and maintenance of a high-quality optical image on the central retina. In practice, the image may be degraded by refractive error, a failure to focus (accommodate) accurately, optical aberrations and scattering.

Ocular Imaging: Researchers in ocular imaging use a spectrum of innovative techniques to visualise the tissues of the eye, from the corneal layers to the retina and the optic nerve head.

Visual Psychophysics and Ocular Electrophysiology: Visual psychophysics explores the relationship between a range of visual stimuli and the sensations they evoke, whilst ocular electrophysiology investigates the signals passing along the visual pathway.

Low Vision: Research in low vision concentrates on the design of aids, training in their use, and the appropriate measurement of treatment outcomes.

Contact Lenses and the Cornea: Research into optimising the clinical performance of contact lenses and understanding the response of the ocular surface to contact lenses and their care solutions.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Email
admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 161 275 5608