The MSc Clinical Ophthalmology and Vision Research (COVR) is designed to provide eye care professionals with enhanced knowledge and skills in clinical decision-making as the basis for the safe and effective management of a wide range of ocular conditions.
Primary eye care is rapidly expanding to include diagnosing and treating ocular disease in close collaboration with secondary and tertiary care providers. For optometrists, these new roles are in addition to their traditional role of examining eyes and determining the refractive prescription.
The management of eye conditions is normally carried out either independently or in partnership with medical practitioners. These new roles involve taking on greater responsibilities, and require additional specialised academic training.
Depending on professional requirements and personal interest, you can tailor your MSc according to speciality, leading to a named degree on completion of the dissertation:
-MSc Clinical Ophthalmology and Vision Research (Generic)
-MSc Clinical Ophthalmology and Vision Research (Diabetes)
-MSc Clinical Ophthalmology and Vision Research (Therapeutics)
The programme is designed to allow you to advance your clinical and academic skills as well as-to obtain research experience. If you wish to pursue research within academia to achieve a higher qualification you will also find the programme an ideal preparation for subsequent studies, for example, towards a PhD degree.
The programme consists of core modules, which are compulsory and must be taken by all students, and optional modules, which can be chosen based on personal interest and professional requirement. A substantial component of the programme is the research project, which makes up a third of the programme.
This programme can also be taken part time - for more information please view the web-page: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/hls/study/courses/details/index.php/P02370-1PTA-1718/Clinical_Ophthalmology_and_Vision_Research_(Part-time)?utm_source=XXXX&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=courselisting
The programmes use a modular structure, including lectures and tutorials in trimesters A and B, and clinical training and Research Project over trimesters A, B and C.
All three programmes consist of core modules, which are compulsory and must be taken by all students, and optional modules, which can be chosen based on personal interest and professional requirement. A substantial component of each programme is the research project, which makes up a third of the programme.
A range of assessment methods will be used including formal exams, case reports, oral presentations and clinical assessments as well as assessment of the research project/MSc dissertation.
The programme offers primary eye care practitioners, such as optometrists, the opportunity to advance their clinical career and / or to obtain research experience e.g. as a preparation for further postgraduate studies at PhD level.
UK Honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in Optometry, or other vision-related subject. Alternatively UK General Optical Council (GOC) registration (MCOptom).