MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research

Our MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research gives eye care professionals like you the academic knowledge and practical skills they need to contribute to groundbreaking medical advancements and effectively diagnose and treat a wide range of ocular conditions.

Whether you want to pursue further academic studies or take on new responsibilities as a primary caregiver – our programme gives you the clinical skills and research experience you need. Advance your career and have a meaningful influence on the future of the field.

A combination of core and elective modules and research opportunities – with a research project making up one-third of the programme – allows you to customise your studies based on your personal interests and professional requirements. This includes the option to select a specialisation leading to a named degree on completion of your dissertation:

  • MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research (General)
  • MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research (Diabetes)
  • MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research (Therapeutics)

Graduate prospects

Whether you choose a path in academia or clinical practice, your MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Research will unlock new opportunities to advance and expand your career. The programme is ideal preparation for subsequent studies towards a PhD or other higher academic qualification. It also allows optometrists and other practitioners to advance their careers in primary eye care.

The course is suited to applicants who have obtained a first degree in optometry or a related field outside of the UK. The generic stream of the course gives a broader perspective than the diabetes and therapeutic routes.

Module list

Advanced Binocular Vision, Advanced Research Methods for Vision Sciences (awaiting approval), Research Project, Advanced Clinical Investigation. Optional: Master-level skills for Vision Sciences (awaiting approval), Clinical Ophthalmology, Ocular Therapeutics, Diabetes Care, Chronic Complications of Diabetes, Health Economics, Public Health. UK students only: Practical and Theoretical Prescribing, Independent Prescribing.

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22

Award

Mode of study

Duration

Start date

Location

MSc
Full Time
1 Year
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
MSc
Part Time
2 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply
MSc Part Time 2 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Typical entry requirements

UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) in optometry, or other vision-related subject.

 Alternatively, UK General Optical Council (GOC) registration (MCOptom).

English language

IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Additional Information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

This course features a mix of assessment and exams.
The course features a work placement opportunity.
This course uses industry-standard facilities.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU and International: £13,500

Part-time and distance-learning tuition fees

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Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of £2 million per year.

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