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Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science MSc

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  • Entry requirements
    The programme is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and nurses from the UK and overseas. It is considered suitable for those Individuals who are considering undertaking a research degree in the vision sciences; those interested in conducting research as part of their clinical training; those considering a career in the hospital eye service or those interested in professional development.
  • Academic Title
    Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science MSc
  • Course description
    The MSc course in Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences brings together the research expertise in vision from the School of Medicine, the Faculty of Life Sciences and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital to provide students with a firm grounding in the knowledge needed to pursue a higher degree and to conduct high quality research in ophthalmology/optometry/vision sciences. It also gives an opportunity for vision related professionals to advance their knowledge on the scientific foundations of ophthalmology and vision sciences. It is aimed at optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists and nurses, from the UK and overseas. It is considered suitable for those individuals who are considering undertaking a research degree in the vision sciences; those interested in conducting research as part of their clinical training; those considering a career in the hospital eye service; or those interested in professional development.

    Module details

    The programme is organised as a series of six 15 credit modules followed by 4 months of project work leading to a dissertation (90 credits). Students select a dissertation topic during the second term from a wide ranging list of titles encompassing both clinical and lab based topics. Many of the projects have led to peer reviewed publications in the ophthalmic literature. Recent titles include:

    -Optical coherence tomography measures of the retinal nerve fibre layer
    -Visual field variability with multiple and single stimulus presentations
    -Molecular analysis of autosomal recessive retinal dystrophies
    -In vivo analysis of the wettability of silicon hydrogel contact lenses

    An alternative pathway, for students who manage to obtain a mean examination mark above 70% (Distinction) in their first 4 modules, is to replace the remaining 2 taught modules with a second mini project of 30 credits

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