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Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc

City’s MSc Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner is a flexible, professionally orientated programme for nurses working in ophthalmic health and eye care within health and social care provisions.

Who is it for?

The Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate course is designed for registered nurses working in ophthalmic health or caring for people who are experiencing vision loss. It is for staff nurses and nurse managers, as well as those seeking a career in nursing or health research.


The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner) programme provides ophthalmic nurses with up-to-date research-based and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of ophthalmic fields.

The main focus of the Ophthalmic Nursing programme is prescribing within the context of ophthalmic nursing.

You will complete the non-medical prescribing programme in addition to ophthalmic-related modules which will enhance prescribing competence.

The degree programme offers education in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to the role of ophthalmic nurse practitioner. It also develops research and critical thinking skills and provides the opportunity to conduct a research project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent practice and research in the future. This provides you with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master's programme tailored to nursing ophthalmic care.


The prescribing module on this course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Academic facilities

The Division of Optometry opened a brand-new, purpose-built eye clinic, City Sight in 2015. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

There will be extensive use of City’s Virtual Learning Platform – Moodle for a more interactive learning experience.

Teaching and learning

The range of teaching methods is wide and includes lectures (face-to-face and online), tutorials, advanced clinical training, clinical demonstrations, videos and discussion of clinical scenarios and action learning sets. Discussion forums, interactive seminars, peer reviewing work-based examples and clinically focused critical reflections via a case review process are also included.

Practical classes and clinical skills laboratories provide opportunities to develop practical skills and to give demonstrations of techniques covered in lectures. Many lectures are delivered by external specialists, giving you access to expertise on current issues, research and methods in the field.

There is a significant amount of independent study within each module (e.g.120 hours/15 PG credit module) and this time is for you to read literature related to the modules you are studying and to reflect on your clinical practice.


Methods of assessment vary between modules, to reflect their differences in structure and content. The modular examinations may include any combination of the following:

  • A multiple choice question (MCQ) paper
  • A short-answer question paper (SAQ)
  • Visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs tests (VRICS) (involving analysis of a series of slides/photographs).
  • Patient management case scenarios (a photograph and/or case history documenting observations following the presentation of a patient)
  • A professional practice portfolio that incorporates inclusion of self-reflection, peer review evidence and additional data that informs the evaluation of your role in a contemporary health care context
  • Minilabs
  • Peer reviewed publication.

Some modules have more than one assessment component and the weighting for each assessment component is outlined clearly within the module specification.


The programme provides a range of modules which include 15, 30 and 60-credit modules at Master’s level. This is a flexible programme with a choice of exit routes. Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses.

You will study six core modules, and a further module from a choice of four discipline-specific modules and four elective modules. If you are part-time, you should aim to take two modules per term over two years.  If you are full-time, you take four modules per term over one year.

Each 15 PG credit module is approximately 150 hours (15 PG credits) in duration with around 45% of this time spent attending City for face-to-face learning in either lectures/tutorials or workshops. 

Depending on the module, you should be aiming to study approximately:

  • 20 hours per week if full-time
  • Four hours per week if part-time

Core modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Discipline specific modules

  • Independent, supplementary and non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
  • Critical thinking for Ophthalmic Practice (15 credits)
  • Principles of Therapeutics (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (15 credits)
  • Professional Certificate in Medical Retina (15 credits)
  • Advanced Ophthalmic Examination (15 credits)
  • Clinical Management Guidelines (15 credits).


  • Medicines Management (15 credits)
  • Education in the workplace (15 credits)
  • Professional Leadership (15 credits).

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

The Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner Masters programme will enhance your professional skills in practice, research and teaching. As a graduate, you will enhance prospects in applying for posts in nurse management, student support, and as ophthalmic nurse specialists or advanced nurse practitioners in ophthalmology, in a variety of different settings (public and private). The programme is also suitable for nurses considering a post in research.

Visit the Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) - MSc page on the City, University of London website for more details!





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