Ophthalmology and Orthoptics postgraduate taught courses

We offer the only course available specialising in vision and strabismus and taught by distance learning.

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Postgraduate taught courses 

Click on the box below for full course information: 

Please note: the above link is for the full course only. More information on individual modules and how to apply for them are below.

Overseas distance learners will have the same fee as home students for our 2020 intake and we are still open for applications.

Support for online distance learners

Our vision and strabismus course is studied via online distance learning, with the addition of two residential weekends and possible introductory days, depending on which module you choose. As a distance learner, you will benefit from a range of online learning materials, delivered via our virtual learning environment.

These resources include reading lists, videos, online individual and collaborative activities, other web-based material, and virtual seminars. Distance learners will still have the opportunity to visit us and enjoy our learning environment during residential weekends and introductory days.

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Individual modules and continuing professional development opportunities

We offer the opportunity to study vision and strabismus modules individually to suit your professional development needs. You can find out more about each unit and key dates by clicking on the below modules.

If you would like to apply for a individual unit/module, please use our application form.

Apply for an individual module

Entry requirements

Anyone with a relevant degree or diploma in Orthoptics, or eye-care related degree or other appropriate eye care qualification may apply (2:1 or higher classifications are preferred).

English language requirements

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


Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty around travel restrictions over the coming months, we have made some changes to the delivery of our programmes.

For the MMedSci (Vision & Strabismus) programme:

The course will commence with a residential weekend in Sheffield on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September 2021.  However, this may be changed to online teaching at a virtual weekend instead, subject to government restrictions. Details will be confirmed to offer holders nearer the time, but please do not make any travel arrangements until then.  

For standalone modules commencing in March 2021: 

All standalone modules with a start date in March 2021 will commence with a virtual introduction, and no physical attendance in Sheffield will be required.  Please see the information under your chosen module for the start and end dates of the course.

For standalone modules commencing in September 2021:

For students studying a standalone module such as Exemptions or Stroke in September 2021, please save the dates for both Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 September for either attendance in Sheffield or online teaching, subject to government restrictions.   Details will be confirmed to offer holders nearer the time, but please do not make any travel arrangements until then.

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