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MSc Optometry / MSc Ophthalmic Science

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This course helped me improve my professional competencies”


Seabelo Maje 
MSc Optometry, Optometrist, 4Eyes Optometrists


Entry requirements

See below for further details

This course is for you if you are looking for a part time distance learning master’s course that takes place alongside full time professional practice. You'll enhance your knowledge, critical awareness of current issues in the field, and to be at the forefront of this academic discipline.

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Flexible: gain a postgraduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification
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Select the modules most relevant to your professional practice and an area to study in depth for your dissertation
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Enables eye care professionals to enhance their knowledge, critical awareness of current issues, and to be at the forefront of their academic discipline
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2nd in the UK for Optometry (2017 Complete University Guide)

Mode of delivery: Part time distance learning

Duration: Up to 5 years part time for the full master's degree

Intake: Places on the course are limited therefore the application process is competitive

Entry requirements:

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • Applicants must hold at least an upper 2nd class honours degree in an ophthalmic or biomedical field from a UK university or the recognised equivalent from an overseas university.
  • Other qualifications (such as Fellowship of the British Dispensing Opticians) will be considered individually, on merit.
  • Applicants must have spent at least two years in clinical practice before entering the course.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements.
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Start dates: Two intakes per year - 1 October and 1 March 

 How to apply:

  • Apply here
  • The application deadline for each intake is 6 weeks before the start date.
  • If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation ready for the application. If the deadline has passed, we may still be able to consider you, so please contact us.

For 2018 entry:

  • UK/EU students: £1000 per module 
  • International students: £1000 per module 
  • MSc dissertation (60 credits) fee will be three times the 20 credit Module Fee, for the relevant academic year.
  • In accordance with University policy, tuition fees may increase in future years of study

The flexibility of this course allows you to study to the level that you wish and select the topics of interest to you. 

You will initially enroll on the postgraduate framework of flexible credit accumulation in the School of Life and Health Sciences. You have the option of taking each of the three stages of the course in order (PgCert, PgDip then MSc), or it is possible to exit the course at any of the stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset. Taught credits are valid for 5 years, so students studying for an MSc / PgDip / PgCert must complete their studies within 5 years of enrollment.

  • PgCert Optometry (60 taught credits)
  • PgDip Optometry (120 taught credits, to include those studied as part of the PgCert)
  • MSc Optometry / Ophthalmic Science (120 taught credits, to include those previously studied as part of the PgCert and PgDip, plus a 60 credit narrative research review dissertation)

As part of the flexible course, UK optometrists may complete the theoretical element of the GOC-approved Independent Prescribing for Optometrists course.

Each taught module is worth 20 credits. The modules that you will choose from include the following (these modules can also be taken independently):

For the MSc, you will also undertake a 60 credit research review dissertation module, supervised by a member of Aston academic staff.

Online lectures are used to support your learning; these are available on our virtual learning environment whenever you chose to view them, and are accompanied by short formative tests throughout the module. Each module includes a substantial piece of coursework, e.g. a scientific literature review or portfolio of case records. The pass mark for all forms of taught module assessment is 50%.

The dissertation module involves exploring an area relevant to contemporary practice in an extended literature review or short practical project. You will be supervised by an experienced member of academic staff.

Course Director: Dr. Amy Sheppard. Dr Sheppard is a Senior Lecturer and Optometry EPD Framework Director (including this course and the Doctor of Optometry). Her research interests include ocular accommodation and presbyopia, intraocular lens (IOL) technology, ocular biometry, and domiciliary eye care and quality of life.

Meet the Optometry team.

You may also be interested in the following Aston School of Life and Health Sciences courses:

You may also be interested in our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses / standalone modules in this area.

Discover more in the following ways: 

  • Write to us: Life & Health Sciences Admissions, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET 
  • Call us: +44(0)121 204 3200
  • Email us: pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk
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