MMedSci/Diploma/Certificate Vision and Strabismus

The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

Medicine at Sheffield is leading the way, taking a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health.

Our funding comes from research councils, the Department of Health, the EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

About the course

Lead academic: Dr Charlotte Codina

This is a part-time distance learning course for practising orthoptists.

It's taught online so that you can study for a higher degree without having to leave your current post.

Course content

  • Concomitance and Incomitance in Depth or Stroke
  • Insight into Disease or Low Vision
  • Eye to Vision
  • Research Methods (option for Postgraduate Diploma)
  • Dissertation (Postgraduate Diploma only)
  • Research Project (MMedSci only)


Distance learning, supported by three (Diploma) or four (MMedSci) weekend residentials.


The assessment for the course is through a variety of assignments for all modules except for Low Vision which has a clinical exam.

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Postgraduate medicine students

Key facts

Course duration

2-3 years part-time by distance learning

Entry requirements

You'll need either a Diploma of British Orthoptics or a degree in orthoptics, or an equivalent overseas qualification in orthoptics. Ideally you should also have at least one year's clinical experience following your first degree.

If you have another appropriate first degree, such as optometry, we'll consider your application.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Contact the department for the latest fee information for this course.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Some students get financial support from their employer. Funding is also available in some regions through Learning Beyond Registration (LBR).

About us

Our teaching hospitals serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University's other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

How to apply

The course has an intake of students every two years, with the next intake in September 2017.

Applications are invited from mid-October 2016 and before 31 May 2017. You're invited to apply sooner rather than later in case the course is oversubscribed.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Charlotte Codina
T: +44 (0)114 215 9042