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Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science MSc

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Degree awarded
MSc
Duration
1 year FT, up to 4 years PT
Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum Upper Second), or its overseas equivalent, in one of the following subjects:

  • medicine
  • optometry
  • orthoptics
  • clinical and biological sciences
  • other science subjects.
International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20
How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process as quick and easy as possible, we recommend that you read the below guidance.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk if you have problems.

Application

Your application form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents.

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years. Unfortunately, we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf.
  • Official academic certificates and transcripts of all your current and previous studies (with fully certified translations by a professional translator if not in English).
  • Personal statement.
  • CV.
  • A scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (if appropriate).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
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Course description

Our MSc course in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences brings together the research expertise in vision from the Institute of Human Development , the Faculty of Life Sciences and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital .

This course will provide you with a firm grounding in the knowledge needed to pursue a higher degree and to conduct high quality research in ophthalmology, optometry or vision sciences. It also gives an opportunity for vision-related professionals to advance their knowledge of the scientific foundations of ophthalmology and vision sciences.

The course is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and nurses from the UK and overseas. It is suitable for:

  • individuals who are considering undertaking a research degree in the vision sciences;
  • those interested in professional development;
  • those interested in conducting research as part of their clinical training;
  • ophthalmologists wishing to expand and extend their training into specialist areas;
  • optometrists considering a career in the hospital eye service.

An example of the course structure is provided in the course syllabus and timetable:

The course directors are Prof Tariq Aslam and Dr Chantal Hillarby .

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £10,750

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L - Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to a Masters.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Academic department overview

Courses in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

An honours degree (minimum Upper Second), or its overseas equivalent, in one of the following subjects:

  • medicine
  • optometry
  • orthoptics
  • clinical and biological sciences
  • other science subjects.
International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system. We ask for English language proof from applicants from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here ).

Specifically, we require a minimum of:

  • IELTS - minimum 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
  • TOEFL: 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

Most English language test results are only valid for two years and must be valid on the start date of the course for a visa to be granted.

We may also accept evidence of a confirmed place on a University Pre-sessional English language course , if your current IELTS scores are:

  • Minimum 6.0 overall with 6.0 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 5-week pre-sessional course (PS5)
  • Minimum 5.5 overall with 5.5 in writing plus enrolment and attendance on the 10-week pre-sessional course (PS10)
Please note, we must approve this before you apply for the English course.

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

CAS Information

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1,000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until - which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. This means that if you intend to begin a course on 19 September 2016, we will not issue you with a CAS number before 19 June 2016.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

How to apply

To give you the greatest opportunity to join our course and make the admissions process as quick and easy as possible, we recommend that you read the below guidance.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully. Contact pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk if you have problems.

Application

Your application form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents.

  • Two academic references on letter headed paper. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years. Unfortunately, we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf.
  • Official academic certificates and transcripts of all your current and previous studies (with fully certified translations by a professional translator if not in English).
  • Personal statement.
  • CV.
  • A scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport.
  • Proof of English Language proficiency (if appropriate).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or sent directly to pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Advice to applicants

If you have any problems, please contact us at pgt.medicine@manchester.ac.uk .

How your application is considered

Your application will be reviewed by the relevant Course Director on receipt of all required supporting documentation. Applicants are considered on an academic and relevant professional experience basis, based on all information provided.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

For clinical placements, a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) check will be require for UK residents. Overseas students are required to provide a Police/Government Office Certificate of Good Conduct. This is usually completed once students have arrived at the University. Please contact pg.medicine@manchester.ac.uk for further guidance.

Deferrals

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year.

Re-applications

Deferrals are considered on an individual basis. Successful applicants may defer entry to the course for up to one year. If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application, you should demonstrate how your application has improved.

We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Course description

Our MSc course in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences brings together the research expertise in vision from the Institute of Human Development , the Faculty of Life Sciences and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital .

This course will provide you with a firm grounding in the knowledge needed to pursue a higher degree and to conduct high quality research in ophthalmology, optometry or vision sciences. It also gives an opportunity for vision-related professionals to advance their knowledge of the scientific foundations of ophthalmology and vision sciences.

The course is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and nurses from the UK and overseas. It is suitable for:

  • individuals who are considering undertaking a research degree in the vision sciences;
  • those interested in professional development;
  • those interested in conducting research as part of their clinical training;
  • ophthalmologists wishing to expand and extend their training into specialist areas;
  • optometrists considering a career in the hospital eye service.

An example of the course structure is provided in the course syllabus and timetable:

The course directors are Prof Tariq Aslam and Dr Chantal Hillarby .

Teaching and learning

The course has two different pathways:

  1. Six taught units (15 credits each) and a project dissertation (90) credits.
  2. Four taught units (15 credits each), a literature review (30 credits) and a dissertation (90 credits).

The six units are Research Methods, Cornea, Contact Lens, Vascular Disease, Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma.

In each of the units, learning will be based on a series of formal lectures on topics relating to ocular disease and treatments, and a series of more informal tutorials on current research. Handouts or PDF files of the presentations will be provided to the students, as well as direction to relevant literature for personal study.

Many projects have led to peer-reviewed publications in the ophthalmic literature. Recent titles include the following.

  • Optical coherence tomography measures of the retinal nerve fibre layer
  • Development of a model cell assay to investigate the cellular processing of ARB mutant bestrophin-1
  • Risk factors for late presentation of patients with primary open angle glaucoma
  • Molecular analysis of autosomal recessive retinal dystrophies
  • In vivo analysis of the wettability of silicon hydrogel contact lenses
  • Can corneal densitometry be used to assess the treatment outcome after corneal transplantation
  • A contact lens based technique delivering cultured stem cells onto the human corneal surface
  • The use of corneal imaging to assessing treatment outcomes of LASIK and LASEK
  • Addressing the physiological cues needed for trans-differentiation of dental pulp stem cells into limbal stem cells.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is via:

  • written examinations in January and May;
  • coursework set during the taught units;
  • a research project dissertation.

Course unit details

The course has two different pathways:

  1. Six taught units (15 credits each) and a dissertation (90) credits.
  2. Four taught units (15 credits each), a literature review (30 credits) and a dissertation (90) credits.

Many projects have led to peer-reviewed publications in the ophthalmic literature. Recent titles include the following.

  • Optical coherence tomography measures of the retinal nerve fibre layer
  • Development of a model cell assay to investigate the cellular processing of ARB mutant bestrophin-1
  • Risk factors for late presentation of patients with primary open angle glaucoma
  • Molecular analysis of autosomal recessive retinal dystrophies 
  • In vivo analysis of the wettability of silicon hydrogel contact lenses

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Cornea: Clinical Practice and Current ResearchMEDN6123215Mandatory
Cornea: Clinical Practice and Current ResearchMEDN6123215Mandatory
Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Vascular Disease moduleMEDN6124115Mandatory
Research MethodsMEDN6991015Mandatory
Macular Degeneration; Research, Investigations and Clinical PracticeMEDN7034115Mandatory
Macular Degeneration; Research, Investigations and Clinical PracticeMEDN7034115Mandatory
Contact LensesMEDN7035215Mandatory
Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, Glaucoma moduleMEDN7036215Mandatory

What our students say

IOVS is a great course overall; excellent content and very enjoyable. (Abid Ali, student [UK])

I've enjoyed the insight into new and modern treatments and diagnostic techniques. (Isaac Nunoo, student [Ghana])

I love the way the lecturers teach and explain, and the ease with which you can access information. (Chimdi Emma-Duru, student [Nigeria])

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office .

CPD opportunities

The Glaucoma unit is approved to be taken for continuing professional development (CPD) purposes.

Career opportunities

This course is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and nurses from the UK and overseas.

It is considered suitable for:

  • individuals interested in vision sciences;
  • those interested in conducting research as part of their clinical training;
  • optometrists considering a career in the hospital eye service;
  • those interested in an academic career in ophthalmology/optometry/vision sciences;
  • optometrists interested in professional development.