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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Charlotte Codina.

This is a part-time distance learning course for practising orthoptists and other eye care professionals. It’s taught online (supported by two residential weekends, an introductory day for Low Vision and virtual tutorials), so you can study for a higher degree without having to leave your current post.

The MMedSci (Vision and Strabismus) is a course designed for Orthoptists and eye care professionals to enhance their learning and develop new areas of expertise. We are the only course specialising in vision and strabismus available by distance learning, where students can learn skills beyond registration alongside their work.

We are situated in the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics in the faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at The University of Sheffield, which has a long history of medical and research excellence. As an Academic Unit we also have excellent clinical and research connections with the Eye Departments at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and Sheffield Childrens Hospital Foundation Trust.

The Academic Unit produces high quality research, published and presented internationally and many of our MMedSci students go on to publish their Masters research projects. We have much expertise within the Unit with several specialist Orthoptists, an Optometrist and a visual perception and research lead. We also bring in other esteemed professionals to write for and present on the course, so that the course remains led by those with the greatest experience in their field.

Any of our modules can be studied as a standalone for Continuing Professional Development.

Key Facts


  • Duration - 3 years
  • Delivery by distance learning with the support of 2 residential weekends in Sheffield
  • Modular course

PG Diploma

  • Duration - First 2 years of the MMedSci course with 2 residential weekends in Sheffield.
  • Modules 1-3 with an option to follow Module 4 (Research Methods) or undertake a literature based dissertation


Year 1

  • Y1 Residential weekend 1 (Introductory)
  • Module 1: Concomitance and Incomitance in Depth (ORT6001) or Stroke (ORT6011)
  • Module 2: Insight into Disease (ORT6002) or *Low Vision (ORT6022) *with Introductory Day in Sheffield for Low Vision only

Year 2

  • Module 3: Eye to Vision (ORT6003) or Exemptions (ORT6033)
  • Y2 Residential weekend 2
  • Module 4: Research Methods (ORT6100) 

Year 3

See Also:

Stand Alone Modules 

Find out more about our residential weekends 

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it’s up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or students numbers. In the event of any change we will consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.


Teaching is by distance learning, supported by two weekend residentials (and introductory day for Low Vision) that take place in Sheffield and virtual tutorials using e-technology.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information:

Visit the MMedSci/PGDip/PGCert Vision and Strabismus page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!




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