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Ophthalmology and Optometry (CPD units) / Overview

Year of entry: 2017

Degree awarded
PG Credit
11 weeks
Number of places/applicants
30 places are available for the Glaucoma unit. There are 10 places each for Macular Degeneration and Retinal Vascular Disease.
How to apply

Applicants should fill in the  online form , following any instructions for completion carefully.

In addition to this, you will need to provide: 

  • two references (either professional or academic)
  • a full CV. 

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
Modular N Y N N

Course description

We offer three units from our MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences  as standalone courses for continuing professional development.

Successful completion of any of these units can form part of an MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences. To complete the MSc, you will need to take a further six units and a dissertation.

Glaucoma (15 credits)

Our Glaucoma CPD unit covers the theoretical knowledge needed to detect and manage glaucoma, including the structural and functional losses seen in glaucoma and the therapeutic options. Emphasis will be placed on the instrumentation and techniques used in management and their theoretical basis/mode of operation.

It is intended that those who graduate from this unit will have an advanced knowledge of this condition with a practical understanding of the latest methods of detection and management.

The course draws upon the expertise of a large number of academic and clinically qualified staff within the University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Macular Degeneration (15 credits)

Our blended learning Macular Degeneration CPD unit will provide optometry professionals with a core understanding of the basic pathophysiology of age-related macular degeneration and the role of modern investigative techniques.

The course includes an overview of the pathophysiology of macular degeneration, incorporating aetiology, genetics and epidemiology.

Please note that while you will learn the principles of intra-viteral injection techniques, this will not qualify you to do these injections, but you will learn about their role and use in ophthalmology.

You will also review the latest research findings in clinical practice, including evidence-based treatment guidelines, before discussing the use and utility of the latest investigative techniques in applying management decisions.

The course content will primarily be delivered through face-to-face lectures and practical sessions involving key staff from the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Timetabled sessions will be a mix of tutor presentations, group discussions and workshops.

The e-learning component consists of web-based reading, audio presentations, tutor feedback, interactive exercises, self-assessment through MCQs and self-reflection.

Retinal Vascular Disease (15 credits)

Our Retinal Vascular Disease CPD unit provides a grounding in the epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management of common retinal vascular pathologies such as diabetic retinopathy and retinal vein occlusions. 

Please note that while you will learn the principles of intra-viteral injection techniques, this will not qualify you to do these injections, but you will learn about their role and use in ophthalmology. 

You will learn through a variety of methods, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions and self-directed learning. 

Peer review discussions and the opportunity for staff-student feedback will be provided during tutorials. Formal and informal feedback will be provided by the unit lead and clinical lecturers throughout the course. 


Modular (part-time):

  • UK/EU students (per annum): £950 per 15 credits
  • International students (per annum): £1,300 per 15 credits

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.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 1798
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