Program Overview

Combine the latest research and theoretical knowledge with practical learning and clinical skills on this master’s programme for practising optometrists. Our MSc enjoys an excellent reputation and you will learn with expert practitioners and researchers who are leaders in the field of eye disease and ocular therapeutics.


LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 14,050




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Benefits of this course

You will develop your clinical and theoretical knowledge with the guidance of expert practitioners informed by the most up-to-date research.


You will gain a detailed understanding of the expanding role of optometrists in the co-management of patients.


Your studies will be underpinned by a core module in Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis to develop your critical research skills.


Elective modules will allow you to build your professional knowledge and contribute to research in your particular areas of interest.


You can select to apply for one of the available exit points for this course.

  • Master of Science (MSc)

Who is this course for?

This MSc programme is for qualified, practising optometrists who wish to increase their professional knowledge and enhance the clinical care they provide for patients.


Master of Science (MSc)


  • Full-time: 1 year (plus up to 1 year for dissertation)

  • Part-time: 2 years (plus up to 1 year for dissertation)

Total credits: 180


  • 10 in total


  • You should be a UK registered optometrist satisfying all legal requirements to be eligible to practice in the UK

  • You should also be registered with the General Optical Council

  • An Honours degree in Optometry or professional optometric qualification of home country will be required from overseas candidates – clinical experience and responsibilities must be current and similar to a UK optometrist. Non-UK optometrists will be expected to attend interview in person or via Skype to ensure practitioners have the relevant clinical skills to complete the programme.

  • A minimum of a 2:1 honours undergraduate degree, or the equivalent from an international institution.


English language requirements

If your first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:


  • A first degree from a UK university

  • A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA

  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest scoring below 6.5

  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required

  • TOEFL 100 overall with 24 in Writing, 20 in Listening, 19 Reading and 20 Speaking

  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

Fees for academic year 2022/23

Master of Science (MSc)

Full-time per year

UK: £11,240

Overseas/EU: £14,050


Part-time per year

UK: £5,620

Overseas/EU: £7,025



Optometry is an evolving field with optometrists taking on greater responsibility for managing and prescribing for some eye conditions, as well as being involved in the shared care of patients as part of a multi-disciplinary team.


On completing the MSc in Clinical Optometry, you will have the academic and research skills to enhance your professional expertise, opening up opportunities to specialise in a particular area of clinical practice and expand your scope of practice


You could also consider pursuing further study with a view to combining academic teaching or research with your practitioner role.


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