Taught course

Advanced Clinical Optometry

Ulster University · School of Biomedical Sciences

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Entry requirements

Students will be considered for entry to the Master's programme on an individual basis. The minimum entry criteria for the MSc in Advanced Clinical Optometry are as follows:

  • Students currently holding at least a (2:2) BSc degree in Optometry or another related discipline from a university in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from an institution which is recognised by the Senate for this purpose
  • Students currently holding the European Diploma in Optometry (level 6 professional qualification recognised in Europe and by the GOC in the UK)
  • Candidates who have an equivalent standard (normally 50%) in a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification
  • Candidates who do not meet the above requirements but who hold other qualifications and professional experience may be considered eligible for admission to the programme by accreditation of prior experiential learning (APL). Those candidates who wish to be considered in terms of experiential learning must complete an APL portfolio of evidence and send this with their application

Months of entry


Course content

This fully online course is for working optometrists who wish to further their knowledge, skills and understanding to Master's level. The programme recognises and incorporates Professional Certificates from the College of Optometrists. Modules have been designed with contributions from guest experts from ophthalmology, clinicians from hospital settings and other specialists.

Graduates of this course will be equipped with skills to undertake extended clinical roles, promote the development of eye care within their region. They will develop critical thinking skills to evaluate and undertake research, and may go on to further research endeavours including doctoral research training.

Self-motivation, independent learning, problem solving and developing and communicating scientific arguments are encouraged through a programme which emphasizes critical thinking. A research project will be undertaken by the student in an area of their choosing with support from an academic supervisor.

Our course team have many years experience in teaching optometry and vision science to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Ulster.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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