Taught course

Primary Care Ophthalmology

University of Edinburgh · College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

Entry requirements

A medical degree (MBChB or equivalent), or a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in optometry, orthoptics, dispensing optics, ophthalmic nursing or biomedical sciences.

We will also consider your application if you have 3-5 years' relevant work experience or professional qualifications, such as RGN, with appropriate clinical experience.

Months of entry


Course content

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

It is designed to support optometrists seeking formal postgraduate training in community-based clinical care and who are interested in taking on extended, shared care roles in managing the ophthalmic patient in partnership with ophthalmology, and early career medical and surgical trainees entering ophthalmology specialist training. It is also highly relevant to GPs with a Special Interest in Ophthalmology, ophthalmic nurses, orthoptists, dispensing opticians, ophthalmic science practitioners and other allied health professionals involved in delivering eye care.

The programme develops your ability to take an evidence-based approach to clinical practice and to assess and provide quality primary and secondary care for the ophthalmic patient, enhancing collaborative working relationships amongst members of the multiprofessional eye health care team and improving the ophthalmic patient’s journey and outcomes.

Compulsory courses are aligned to the ophthalmology fellowship curricula of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCSEd), Royal College of Ophthalmologists (FRCOphth) and International Council of Ophthalmology and have also been designed to reflect the postgraduate curricula of the College of Optometrists in the UK.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Programme Administration
+44 (0)131 651 4932