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MSc Clinical Optometry

Key Information:.

Duration of program: Part-time and flexible: Up to five years study

Start date: Variable - Contact us for details.

Distance Learning available: Distance Learning plus practical training (where appropriate)

Fees (2014/15):

Postgraduate Certificate
£3,258 (Home/EU) £4,764 (International)

Postgraduate Diploma
£6,516 (Home/EU) £9,522 (International)

Master of Science (MSc)
£9,774 (Home/EU) £14,292 (International)

Students may choose to study individual modules, thereby earning 10, 20 or 30 credits depending on the module. If taken separately, fees for each 10 credits are £575 (Home/EU students) or £826 ( International students).

Application & Contact:

For initial enquiries and advice about admissions and module selection, please contact the PGT (Postgraduate Taught) Team.

Tel: 02920 870794

For details on how submit your application, please E-Mail

Course Outline

The MSc in Clinical Optometry is a part-time, distance-learning (e-learning) course with practical tutorials/workshops to accompany many modules. There are four ways to learn with us. Students can enrol for:

  • A Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) – 60 credits
  • A Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) - 120 credits
  • A Master of Science (MSc). – 180 credits; to include a research project
  • Individual modules - 10, 20 or 30 credits each
Postgraduate researcher Sachiko Nishimura explaining ocular thermograpy

The emphasis is on flexible learning for the individual and typical progress would be to complete twenty credits per academic term, so it would normally take 2-3 years to complete the MSc, including the research project.


The course will allow eye care professionals to enhance both their knowledge and clinical skills via a unique combination of distance learning and practical tuition. Students will have access to:

  • Flexible, supported learning environment for the eye care professional>
  • Modules relevant to today's clinical practice and professional development
  • Excellent tuition from a dedicated team of tutors who are leaders in their field
  • Material that has undergone academic peer-review to insure the latest evidence-based content
  • Dedicated IT support for learners
  • CET points and accreditation of prior learning where appropriate

Course Delivery and Assessment

The majority of the course will be delivered via Learning Central, the University's e-learning system. You will have access to multimedia lecture presentations, supporting resources and discussions led by course tutors. On many of the modules leading educators in the field also provide practical skills workshops and tutorial.

Formative and summative assessment is via online multiple-choice questions, submitted written coursework and assignments, plus practical exams where appropriate.

Library and IT services

image of hand approaching keyboard

As a Cardiff University student you will have access to the library and computing services and will benefit from extended library loans, postal loans, email transmission of scanned articles and access to electronic information resources such as online journals. You can also become a member of SCONUL, a system allowing students to borrow material from other participating libraries in the UK and Ireland.

In addition students will be invited to a induction day at Cardiff University where they will have the opportunity to meet the tutors and attend IT and library training

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