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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 2:1), or its overseas equivalent, in one of the following subjects:

  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Orthoptics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Other science subjects

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
20
How to apply

Course options

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

The 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 programme 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 director is Prof Tariq Aslam

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Base rate £6,500; With consumables £9,000
    International students (per annum): £20,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500
    International students (per annum): £10,250

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 £1000 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
Contact name
Dylan Mangan
Telephone
+44 (0)161 306 5439
Email
Academic department overview

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

An honours degree (minimum 2:1), or its overseas equivalent, in one of the following subjects:

  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Orthoptics
  • Medical Sciences
  • Other science subjects

English language

Most international students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system, such as IELTS or TOEFL.  International students should refer to entry requirements from your country .

We require a minimum of:

  • IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.0 in writing
or TOEFL:
  • 233 computer-based (TWE* - 6.0)
  • 90 internet-based (with 22 in each component)

* TWE - Test of Written English.

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

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For more details, see entry requirements for your country .

How to apply

Advice to applicants

All applicants must apply online, and in order to make a decision, we must receive the following documents:

  • Two academic references (references should be signed by your referee, dated within the last 6 months and on letterhead paper). The references should comment on your suitability for postgraduate study (specifically for the MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science)
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Photocopies of degree certificates and official transcripts of previous study (where available) Evidence of English language ability (if appropriate).

Please note if any documents are in a language other than English, official translations need to be provided, as well as a copy of the original document.

International Students : Please upload a copy of your current valid passport showing the photograph page with your application.

Without these documents a decision cannot be given.

Please upload any supporting documents with the online application. If unable to do this, submit the application online and either post or email copies of the documents separately to:

Dylan Managan, The University of Manchester, 1.93 Simon Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT

Email : pg.medicine@manchester.ac.uk

Tel : +44 (0)161 306 5439

Apply online

Please note: A place on this course cannot be guaranteed if offers made are not accepted within 4 weeks of the date of offer.

Re-applications

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

The 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 programme 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 director is Prof Tariq Aslam

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is via written examinations in January and May, coursework set during the taught modules and a research project dissertation.

Course unit details

The course has 2 different pathways:

The first comprises of 6 taught modules (15 credits each) and a dissertation (90) credits.

The second comprises of 4 taught modules (15 credits each), a literature review (30 credits) and a dissertation (90) credits.

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

  • 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
Research MethodsMEDN6991015Mandatory

Disability support

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

CPD opportunities

The Glaucoma module is CPD approved and other modules are in the process of approval

Career opportunities

The programme 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 opthamology/optometry/vision sciences

Optometrists interested in professional development.