Clinical Optometry (Taught)

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Clinical Optometry (Taught)

The aim of this programme is to provide optometrists with the opportunity to undertake a challenging and rewarding Masters in Clinical Optometry that focuses on their personal development as professionals leading, managing and developing ophthalmic practice roles and models of care delivery.

The MSc Clinical Optometry is designed for optometrists in primary, secondary and tertiary settings who wish to advance their knowledge base, and specialist clinical and leadership skills. You will become actively involved in the advancement of optometry.

The MSc is a 180 credit Level 7 qualification. It has been designed to meet the continuing education and training needs of the modern eye care professional providing advanced knowledge and facilitating understanding in this rapidly expanding field of healthcare, whilst at the same time achieving a higher degree.

A deliberately wide portfolio of modules is offered in order to recognise the increasing desire for specialist training within optometry, including glaucoma, acute eye care, paediatrics, dry eye, medical retina, clinical teaching and leadership, amongst others. Specific programme pathways are suggested for those wishing to focus on certain areas of practice.

Successful students on this programme will have an advanced standing both clinically and academically, taking them to the forefront of the profession, and enhancing their personal and professional development.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • full GOC registation (UK students)
  • an Honours degree in Optometry or a professional optometric qualification.

Candidates who have studied at a postgraduate level in clinical optometry elsewhere (such as City or Aston Universities) can be considered for access to the programme at Cardiff University. This will be done via recognition of prior learning (RPL), and candidates must submit documentary evidence to support such an application e.g. through records of achievement documents, portfolios, and clinical records.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year One

  • Study and Research Skills for Eye Care Professionals
  • Research Project

Optional modules for year one

  • Low Vision 1: Theory
  • Low Vision 1: Theory
  • Low Vision 2: Practical
  • Low Vision 2: Practical
  • Acute Eye Care in Optometry 1
  • Acute Eye Care in Optometry 2
  • Paediatric Optometry
  • Glaucoma Foundation
  • Glaucoma 1
  • Glaucoma 1
  • Legal Aspects of UK Optometry
  • Management of Tear Film Disorders
  • Primary Eye Care Update: Theory
  • Primary Eye Care Update: Theory
  • Leadership Skills for Optical Professionals
  • Medical Retina
  • Medical Retina
  • Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Anterior Segment: Clinical Examination and Management
  • Study and Research Skills for Eye Care Professionals 2
  • Clinical Teaching, Education and Assessment
  • Paediatric Eye Care 2: Practice
  • Primary Eye Care Practical (Full Time)
  • Ocular Therapeutics for Minor Eye Conditions
  • Contact Lenses 1
  • Contact Lenses 1

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK Students: £11,340 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £21,240 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

After fully engaging with this course, you should be able to:

Knowledge & Understanding:

  • demonstrate a knowledge of complex, controversial and/ or contentious issues related to optometric practice
  • illustrate an understanding of modern key concepts of optometric practice by applying them to challenges within your own environment and specialist areas of practice
  • appreciate the benefit of inter-professional teamwork in research and / or the delivery of ophthalmic care

Intellectual Skills:

  • critically examine the evidence based literature to assess practice and methods of management in ophthalmic care

Professional Practical Skills:

  • assess the signs and symptoms of eye disease to make a differential diagnosis and to rank options
  • problem solve and develop solutions/ management plans in complex and specialist areas of practice based on evidence and sound professional and clinical judgment
  • demonstrate independence of thought and contribute via your own research to the development of knowledge and evidence base of your profession;

Transferable/Key Skills:

Academic Skills:

  • advance your own knowledge and understanding
  • collate and synthesise information from a number of resources to improve learning
  • write concisely and clearly for the academic and clinical community
  • interpret data

Generic Skills:

  • manage projects and time
  • work independently
  • use a range of IT software packages and online resources
  • problem solve

Career paths

This course will enable optometrists to advance their career. In addition, depending on which modules are chosen, it may act as assurance that practitioners are competent to work in specialist clinics as outlined in the Royal College of Ophthalmologists and College of Optometrists joint Competency Framework for Allied Health Professionals. For example the Medical Retina and Glaucoma module aligns with the Medical Retina and Glaucoma Competency Frameworks respectively.

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