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  • Study Type

    Distance learning available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    October, March

  • Course Duration

    5 years part time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    09 January 2019

Course content

This course is for you if you are looking for a part time distance learning master’s course that takes place alongside full time professional practice. You'll enhance your knowledge, critical awareness of current issues in the field, and to be at the forefront of this academic discipline.

Course outline

The flexibility of this course allows you to study to the level that you wish and select the topics of interest to you. 

You will initially enrol on the postgraduate framework of flexible credit accumulation in the School of Life and Health Sciences. You have the option of taking each of the three stages of the course in order (PgCert, PgDip then MSc), or it is possible to exit the course at any of the stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset. Taught credits are valid for 5 years, so students studying for an MSc / PgDip / PgCert must complete their studies within 5 years of enrollment.

  • PgCert Optometry (60 taught credits)
  • PgDip Optometry (120 taught credits, to include those studied as part of the PgCert)
  • MSc Optometry / Ophthalmic Science (120 taught credits, to include those previously studied as part of the PgCert and PgDip, plus a 60 credit narrative research review dissertation)
  • Doctor of Optometry DOptom / Doctor of Ophthalmic Science DOphSc.

As part of the flexible course, UK optometrists may complete the theoretical element of the GOC-approved Independent Prescribing for Optometrists course.

What you will study

Each taught module is worth 20 credits. The modules that you will choose from include the following (these modules can also be taken independently):

For the MSc, you will also undertake a 60 credit research review dissertation module, supervised by a member of Aston academic staff.

Learning, teaching & assessment

Online lectures are used to support your learning; these are available on our virtual learning environment whenever you chose to view them, and are accompanied by short formative tests throughout the module. Each module includes a substantial piece of coursework, e.g. a scientific literature review or portfolio of case records. The pass mark for all forms of taught module assessment is 50%.

The dissertation module involves exploring an area relevant to contemporary practice in an extended literature review or short practical project. You will be supervised by an experienced member of academic staff.


Visit the Optometry/Ophthalmic Science - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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