MSc Advanced Clinical Optometric Practice

Year of entry: 2022

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Degree awarded
MSc, PGDip, PGCert
MSc 1 yr FT, PGDip 1yr FT, PGCert 6m FT. 2-5yr PT
Entry requirements
You must be a GOC registered optometrist with a minimum 2:2 degree in optometry.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
How to apply
To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see: How to apply.

Course options

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

Course overview

  • Specialist teaching for GOC registered optometrists.
  • Take tailored course units developed to help you progress your career in optometry.
  • Develop your clinical, problem-solving, and collaborative working skills.
  • Benefit from a blend of online and face-to-face learning.
  • Take Professional Certificate units accredited by the College of Optometrists.
  • Choose from full or part-time study and learn at your own pace around other commitments.

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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).


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Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)161 275 1798
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

You must be a GOC registered optometrist with a minimum 2:2 degree in optometry.

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.

Application and selection

How to apply

To apply for a course you will need to complete and submit our online application form. For information and guidance, see: How to apply.

Course details

Course description

This MSc aims to extend the clinical, problem-solving, and collaborative working skills of UK registered optometrists. This will allow career progression into enhanced services roles and specialist optometric clinics in the hospital eye service.

You will develop a systematic understanding of ocular diseases, the complex issues involved in their treatment and a critical awareness of current research.

Your clinical problem-solving skills will be enhanced, allowing you to make decisions in unpredictable situations, using your initiative and taking personal responsibility.

You will critically analyse and evaluate the latest research to inform the eye care of your patients, ensuring you remain at the forefront of your profession.

Special features

Support for student learning and development

You will be allocated an educational supervisor at the start of the course and tutorials will be arranged where you can access support and have open discussions. You will also be allocated an academic support officer who will keep in frequent email contact with you to track your progress and help you navigate university systems such as assignment submission. They will be your first point of contact if you have any queries.

Expert tutors  

You will be taught by experts in their field:

Teaching and learning

The course aims to give you an advanced level of integrated clinical knowledge and develop cutting-edge skills to help you excel as advanced practitioners and clinical leaders in your respective field.

To achieve this, the highly structured academic programme will run in parallel with a work-based programme of learning.

Your learning will include:

  • interactive workshops;
  • seminars;
  • action learning sets;
  • group and individual tutorials;
  • online activities;
  • simulation;
  • presentations.

All approaches are structured to facilitate engagement in your own learning and that of your peers. Expert practitioners will contribute to teaching, where appropriate.

Work-based learning methods are likely to include a range of activities via a number of placements. You will work in partnership with your academic advisor and a workplace mentor. The latter will play a key role in supporting a range of educational opportunities.

Online learning and technology will be used. You will be supported in the development of skills to engage critically with theory, evidence and practice. A strong emphasis on independent and self-directed learning will encourage your development as an autonomous learner and practitioner.

Coursework and assessment

You will use a number of assessed and non-assessed activities to develop key skills and expand your knowledge base.

Assessment will be via:

  • multiple choice questions;
  • short answer questions;
  • patient interaction/case-based discussion;
  • clinical skills portfolio;
  • VRICS;
  • presentations;
  • poster presentations;
  • research paper critique;
  • OCSE;
  • essays;
  • research proposal (dissertation);
  • reports;
  • reflective case studies;
  • dissertation report.

Course unit details

There are 14 units that can be combined and studied in any order to complete the PGCert (60 credits), PGDip (120 credits) or combined with a research dissertation (60 credits) for the MSc award (180 credits).

15-credit units:

  • Refractive Management 
  • Clinical Science of Contemporary Contact Lenses 
  • Dementia 
  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Professional Certificate in Medical Retina
  • Professional Certificate in Glaucoma
  • Professional Certificate in Low Vision
  • Professional Certificate in Paediatric Optometry (awaiting accreditation)

If you choose to study for a PGCert, you may select from these units:

  • Refractive Management
  • Clinical Science of Contemporary Contact Lenses
  • Dementia
  • Professional Certificate in Medical Retina
  • Professional Certificate in Glaucoma
  • Professional Certificate in Low Vision
  • Professional Certificate in Paediatric Optometry

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 Dissertation OPTO61262 60 Mandatory
Professional Certificate in Glaucoma OPTO71360 15 Mandatory
Dementia: A Person Centred Approach NURS63570 15 Optional
Refractive Management OPTO70351 15 Optional
Clinical science of contemporary contact lenses OPTO70352 15 Optional
Professional Certificate in Glaucoma OPTO71360 15 Optional
Evidence Based Practice POPH60041 15 Optional
Fundamentals of Epidemiology POPH60991 15 Optional
Qualitative Research Methods POPH63121 15 Optional


You will learn in purpose-built facilities that include a dispensary, 16 bespoke optometric examination rooms and numerous dedicated specialist clinic rooms.

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

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CPD opportunities

Some units may be available as CPD. Please contact us for more information at  


Career opportunities

Most of our students complete the course part-time while working in a wide variety of optometric roles. This course will give you advanced clinical skills in optometry and provide you with evidence base underpinning these skills. You will increase your scientific knowledge and research skills. Upon graduation, extended roles in primary and secondary ophthalmic settings will be more accessible.

Associated organisations

Our Professional Certificate units are accredited by the College of Optometrists.