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Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science (MSc)

This course offers a grounding in ophthalmic research methods, investigative techniques, eye physiology and related health issues.

Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science Overview

Year of entry: 2017

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Our MSc in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science is ideal if you want to expand your professional knowledge of the field as a current ophthalmologist, optometrist, orthoptist or nurse.

It is also suitable if you want to enter a related research or academic career.

The course brings together the research expertise of the University and the clinical expertise of Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, offering students a grounding in all aspects of the field.

You will build your knowledge of the latest developments in ophthalmology and vision sciences while covering the areas of:

  • ophthalmic research methods and investigative techniques;
  • macular degeneration;
  • retinal vascular disease;
  • corneal physiology and contact lenses;
  • glaucoma;
  • literature reviews or experimental research projects.

CPD opportunities

We offer several units from this MSc as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). Please visit the ophthalmology and optometry CPD page for further details.

Learn more

More information on this course is below, including details of how to apply. If you would like to sign up for advice on the application process or ask a specific question, please fill in our online contact form.

Degree awarded
MSc and PGDip
MSc 1 year FT, up to 4 years PT,
Entry requirements

An honours degree (minimum Upper Second), or its overseas equivalent, in one of the following subjects:

  • medicine
  • optometry
  • orthoptics
  • clinical and biological sciences
  • other science subjects.
International students must have an equivalent classification and should refer to entry requirements from your country for further information.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
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+44 (0)161 275 1798
How to apply

We recommend that you apply as early as possible; the formal deadline is the end of July. We reserve the right to close applications earlier if the course is full.

Please apply via our online application form , following any instructions for completion carefully.


Your application form must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • two academic references on letter headed paper. Professional references can be provided in instances where you have been out of university for more than three years. Unfortunately we cannot request references from your referees on your behalf;
  • official academic certificates and transcripts of all your current and previous studies (with fully certified translations by a professional translator if not in English);
  • personal statement;
  • CV;
  • a scanned copy of the photograph page of your passport;
  • proof of English language proficiency (if appropriate).

Supporting documents can be uploaded with the online application form, or if this is not possible, sent directly to . After applying, please do not submit documents in any other way without telling us first so we can provide you with the most efficient service.

Please make sure you include your University ID number on any correspondence and do not send any documents before you have submitted your application.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

Our MSc course in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences brings together the research expertise in vision from The University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital .

This course will provide you with a firm grounding in the knowledge needed to pursue a higher degree and to conduct high quality research in ophthalmology, optometry or vision sciences. It also gives an opportunity for vision-related professionals to advance their knowledge of the scientific foundations of ophthalmology and vision sciences.

The course is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and nurses from the UK and overseas. It is suitable for:

  • individuals who are considering undertaking a research degree in the vision sciences;
  • those interested in professional development;
  • those interested in conducting research as part of their clinical training;
  • ophthalmologists wishing to expand and extend their training into specialist areas;
  • optometrists considering a career in the hospital eye service.

An example of the course structure is provided in the course syllabus and timetable:

The course directors are Prof Tariq Aslam and Dr Chantal Hillarby .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2017, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £21,500
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
    International students (per annum): £10,750

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 £1,000 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.

Additional expenses

The University permits applicants with comparable previous experience to submit an application for consideration of AP(E)L - Accreditation Prior (Experiential) Learning. The maximum AP(E)L is 15 credits to a Certificate, 45 credits to a Diploma and 60 credits to a Masters.

If an AP(E)L application is successful, the University charges £30 for every 15 credits of AP(E)L. The overall tuition fee is adjusted and then the administrative charge is applied.