Taught course

Primary Care Ophthalmology (Online Distance Learning)

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree in optometry, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), or a medical degree. Applications will also be considered from health professionals involved in eye care who have an excellent or very good classification undergraduate degree in orthoptics, dispensing optics, ophthalmic nursing, biomedical sciences, or international equivalents. Applicants who fall below these entry requirements but who have relevant work experience (3-5 years) will be considered on a case by case basis. Applications from those with non-university qualifications such as RGN with appropriate clinical experience will be considered on an individual basis. If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English: IELTS Academic module: 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in each section); TOEFL-iBT: 92 (with at least 20 in all sections); PTE: 61 (with no score lower than 56 in each of the 'Communicative Skills' sections - 'Enabling Skills' section scores are not considered); CPE: Grade B; CAE: Grade A.

Months of entry


Course content

This new three year part-time Masters programme, taught entirely online, is jointly offered by the University of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and leads to the degree of Master of Science (MSc). It has been developed in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

Aimed primarily at optometrists seeking formal postgraduate training in community-based clinical care, this programme is also highly relevant for medical and surgical trainees entering specialty training in ophthalmology.

This degree is aligned with the curricula of both the FRCSEd and FRCOphth examinations in the United Kingdom and Ireland, making it very attractive to domestic and international students.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-72 months

Course contact details

MSc Programme Administration
+44 (0)131 651 4932