Optometry and Ophthalmology CPD units

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
PG Credit
Duration
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.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • Modular (part-time)
    UK students (per annum): £1350 per 15 credits
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £3,500

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

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 529 4563
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/cpd/subjects/ophthalmology/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

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.

English language

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of one of the following: 

  • IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in writing;
  • paper-based TOEFL of 575 or computer-based TOEFL of 230 with 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE);
  • internet-based TOEFL of 90 with a minimum of 22 in each component.

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 cannot provide visas for student on this course. If you will require one, you must ensure you will be able to source a visa yourself for the course's duration.

Professional entry qualification

The entry requirements differ by course.

The Professional Certificates in Glaucoma and Medical Retina require applicants to be UK registered optometrists or healthcare professionals working in a patient-facing capacity. You need to be practising in an environment where you are routinely able to apply your clinical skills through direct patient care.

Professional Certificate Glaucoma Health Care Professionals (who are not optometrists) are welcome to apply, however they must be working in a glaucoma clinic and have experience of Goldmann applanation tonometry, slit lamp and optic disc assessment with indirect biomicroscopy. Candidates must be regularly using these skills in day-to-day clinical practice in order to be likely to meet the standard required for the practical component of this course. We will require a supporting statement from a consultant ophthalmologist.

Professional Certificate Low Vision Any professionals who are working with the visually impaired can apply, including habilitation or rehabilitation specialists, and teachers of the visually impaired. The unit is also available to qualified optometrists, dispensing opticians, and orthoptists.

Professional Certificate in Medical Retina Health Care Professionals (who are not optometrists) are welcome to apply. However they must be working in a medical retina clinic and have experience of slit lamp assessment and fundus assessment with indirect biomicroscopy. Candidates must be regularly engaged in using these skills in day-to-day clinical practice in order to be likely to meet the standard required for the practical component of this course. We will require a supporting statement from a consultant ophthalmologist.

Glaucoma/Medical Retina/Contact Lenses/Refractive Management/Genetics Health care professionals who wish to update their knowledge of the above conditions are welcome to apply.

Application and selection

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.

Advice to applicants

In addition to completing the online application form, you will need to provide: 
  • two references (either professional or academic);
  • please specify which CPD course you are applying for in the additional information field.

Confirmation of registration with the GOC/HCPC will be required for applications to all the Professional Certificates. This confirmation will be requested once an application has been submitted and considered.

How your application is considered

Offers are made to all suitably qualified applicants.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

We cannot provide visas for student on this course. If you will require one, you must ensure you will be able to source a visa yourself for the course's duration.

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 details

Course description

If you are interested in studying optometry at postgraduate level to further your professional practice and prospects, but don't have the time to dedicate to a full master's course, take one or more units from our MSc course as standalone continuing professional development (CPD) part-time.

We are currently offering a range of units as courses for CPD. You can study one unit as a standalone course or take more units to build up credits for a postgraduate award.

  • Glaucoma CPD (15 credits) - available in January each year
  • Glaucoma Professional Certificate (15 credits) - available in January each year
  • Medical Retina Professional Certificate (15 credits) - available in September each year
  • Medical Retina CPD (15 credits) - available in September each year
  • Low Vision Professional Certificate (15 credits) - available in January each year
  • Refractive Management (15 credits) - available in September each year
  • Clinical Science Contemporary Contact Lenses (15 credits) - available in January each year
  • Genetics of the Eye (15 credits) - available in January each year

Aims

The optometry/ophthalmology CPD units aim to provide eye care professionals with flexibility and choice to advance their knowledge, professional and clinical skills as part of their lifelong learning. Throughout all units, there is an emphasis on patient-centred care, clinical leadership, patient safety, complex decision-making and continuing professional development to drive forward service innovation in optometry/ophthalmology.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning methods vary between units, but can include:

  • e-lectures;
  • directed and recommended reading;
  • case studies;
  • online discussion forums;
  • evening webinars;
  • short videos;
  • self-directed work-based tasks.

Visit the relevant unit page to find out more about specific teaching and learning methods for that unit.

Coursework and assessment

For details on assessment, please visit the relevant the course unit page.

Course unit details

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
Genetics of the Eye OPTO70322 15 Optional
Refractive Management OPTO70351 15 Optional
Clinical science of contemporary contact lenses OPTO70352 15 Optional
Glaucoma OPTO70362 15 Optional
Professional Certificate in Medical Retina OPTO71300 15 Optional
Professional Certificate in Low Vision OPTO71312 15 Optional
Professional Certificate in Glaucoma OPTO71360 15 Optional

Facilities

A wide range of equipment (tonometers, perimeters, imaging devices) is available for the practical sessions.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk