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The University of Edinburgh: Primary Care Ophthalmology (Online Learning)

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Clinical Sciences
Study type Taught


Study length

This three year, part-time, interprofessional Masters programme in Primary Care Ophthalmology is taught entirely online.

It is offered by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd).

The programme leads to the degree of Master of Science (MSc). There are also exit points at:

  • PG Certificate - after one year of study

  • PG Diploma - after two years of study

Who is this programme for?

This programme provides opportunity if you are a postgraduate or health professional working in secondary and primary care, including in the following roles:

  • optometrist

  • dispensing optician

  • orthoptist

  • ophthalmic nurse

  • other ophthalmic allied health professional

This programme is also highly relevant if you are a medical or surgical trainee entering specialty training in ophthalmology, or if you are a general medical practitioner with a special interest in ophthalmology.

The programme is designed to be completed alongside an ophthalmic clinical post.

What will I learn?

The MSc is developed in partnership with NHS Education for Scotland (NES) as part of the Scottish Government's directive to empower and enhance the shift of balance of care for cataract, glaucoma, medical retina, emergency and ophthalmic triage from secondary to primary care.

You will enhance your knowledge with particular regard to recognition, diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease as you take on extended, shared care and advanced practitioner roles in the management of eye disease as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team.

The Year 3 MSc research project also serves as an opportunity to conduct applied research in your sub-speciality of interest and to develop an academic career.


The MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology is accredited by:

  • the Royal College of Nursing

  • the British & Irish Orthoptic Society (April 2021)


The RCN cannot confirm the competence of any individual practitioner.


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The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 22nd in the 2024 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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