Optometry and Ophthalmology CPD units / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
PG Credit
12 weeks
Entry requirements
You must hold a relevant honours first degree (Lower Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution or evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
  • Glaucoma/Professional Certificate in Glaucoma - 30 places
  • Medical Retina/ Professional Certificate in Medical Retina - 20 places
  • Professional Certificate in Low Vision - 20 places
  • Clinical Science of Contemporary Contact Lenses - 20 places 
  • Refractive Management - 20 places 
  • Genetics of the Eye - 20 places
How to apply

You can apply for one of our CPD units by completing the specific online application form for the start date of your chosen unit:

See the course description section for start dates and the advice to applicants section for details of the supporting documents we require with your form.

We recommend that you apply as early as possible. We accept applications on a rolling basis up until one week before the start of each unit. Late applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the units are full.

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Study one or more units from our MSc degree as standalone courses for continuing professional development.
  • Improve your understanding and knowledge of treatment of glaucoma, low vision or medical retina (accredited by the College of Optometrists). You can also choose to learn more about contact lenses, refractive management or genetics of the eye.
  • Hear from academic and clinically qualified staff at the University and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
  • Go on to complete our MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences or Advanced Clinical Optometric Practice if you wish.
  • Open up a new career in optometry or develop your skills within your current role upon completion of one or more of our CPD units.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £1400 per 15Cr Module
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £3600 per 15Cr Module

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 529 4563
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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