Aston University

Optometry/Ophthalmic Science

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Rank: 45 (UKEAS)

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Study mode distance learning (part-time)

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/10/01

Duration: 60 months

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This course is for you if you are looking for a part time distance learning master's course that takes place alongside full time professional practice. You'll enhance your knowledge, critical awareness of current issues in the field, and to be at the forefront of this academic discipline.The flexibility of this course allows you to study to the level that you wish and select the topics of interest to you.Delivered online through our innovative framework of flexible credit accumulation, you'll be able to select modules suited to your passions and career development goals, as well as the opportunity to further explore a topic of your choice with the MSc dissertation.You will initially enrol on the postgraduate framework of flexible credit accumulation. You will then have the option of taking each of the three stages of the course in order (PgCert, PgDip then MSc), or it is possible to exit the course at the completion of any of these stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset. Taught credits are valid for 5 years, so students studying for an MSc / PgDip / PgCert must complete their studies within 5 years of enrolment.• PgCert Optometry (60 taught credits)• PgDip Optometry (120 taught credits, to include those studied as part of the PgCert)• MSc Optometry / Ophthalmic Science (120 taught credits, to include those previously studied as part of the PgCert and PgDip, plus a 60 credit narrative research review dissertation)• Doctor of Optometry DOptom / Doctor of Ophthalmic Science DOphSc


Entry requirements

We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation. Minimum upper 2nd class (2:1) honours degree in an ophthalmic or biomedical field from a UK university or the recognised equivalent from an overseas university. More information on international degree requirements can be found on our Aston in your country webpage. Other qualifications (such as Fellowship of the British Dispensing Opticians) will be considered individually, on merit. Must have spent at least two years in clinical practice before entering the course. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students' undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Language qualifications

IELTS: 6.5 (IELTS 6.5 w/R+S+W+L 6)

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About this university

International students

Students travel from some 130 countries around the world to study at the university. This means there is plenty of help and assistance on hand for those travelling from outside the UK. There is free advice and assistance with a range of immigration and visas issues as well as help for those with changing circumstances and those wishing to bring their family with them. There are also preparatory programs in place covering English language to assist those for whom it isn’t a first language. There is also assistance on hand with student accommodation and other matters relating to integrating with their new community as well as meeting up with others from their own cultural background. Aston Students’ Union is the representative of the students while they are attending the university. They provide a range of clubs and societies as well as Welfare Services and are partially funded by a number of commercial services. The Union Building covers some five floors and is at the heart of the main campus. These include a Union Shop offering snacks, stationary and other essentials as well as the B4 BAR, a great place for a drink as well as hosting numerous events during the year. There is also The Loft, a social study space on the 2nd floor of the building with an IT suite with Presentations. Clubs and societies come under the sub-heading of the Student Activities office, a small team who organise the 34 sports clubs and over 100 societies that students can get involved with during their time at Aston. There is also an Advice and Representation Centre (ARC) available to help students on a wide range of subject from academic matters to housing issues and even health and wellbeing topics.

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