Aston University: Optometry/Ophthalmic Science

InstitutionAston University
Department School of Life and Health Sciences
Telephone 01212043200
Study type Taught


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.

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 enrol 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.


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