Entry requirements & fees

Academic Entry Requirements:

  • Diploma of British Orthoptics, with subsequent clinical experience.
  • Bachelor degree with honours in Orthoptics, normally 2:1 or higher. 
  • Other honours degree in eye-care related field, normally 2:1 or higher. 
  • Equivalent overseas qualification in Orthoptics or eye-related subject.

In addition:

Normally one year's clinical experience following first degree. 

Applicants who have studied in countries other than United Kingdom and Ireland will be required to have International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall score of 7.0 (with minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Candidates offering less than the above academic qualifications or alternative qualifications will be considered on individual merit.  Further study and clinical experience since qualification / graduation will be taken into account.

For admission to the Low Vision module, you will need to submit a 'Manager's Consent Form' which can be downloaded from the link from the menu on the right.

For admission to the Exemptions module, you will need to submit a 'Primary Exemptions Tutor Support Form' which can be downloaded from the link on the menu on the right.

Once a Primary Exemptions Tutor (PET) support form has been submitted for accepted applicants, the programme administrators will check that the PET has an appropriate registration with any of the following: The General Medical Council register for specialty in Ophthalmology for Ophthalmologists; the General Optical Council for registered Optometrists and the HCPC register for annotated Orthoptists.

Please note that successful completion of Exemptions Module (ORT6033) would only lead to HCPC registered Orthoptists being eligible to apply for an annotation on the HCPC register to use Exemptions to supply medicines in clinical practice.  No other eye care professionals other than Orthoptists would be eligible to apply to the HCPC for annotation.


 The fees for the MMedSci 2019 intake are as follows: 

Home and EU Students



1 £2,500
2 £2,500*
3 £2,500*
TOTAL FOR 3 YEARS' STUDY £7,500*                       

*Please note: For home students, if your course is for more than one year, registration fees for future years of study will increase with inflation

Overseas Students



1 £3,783.00
2 £3,783.00
3 £3,783.00
TOTAL FOR 3 YEARS' STUDY £11,349.00                     

The fees for Stand Alone Modules 2019 intake are as follows:

Stand Alone Module Fees

Home/EU Students £1,250            
Overseas Students £1,900

Additional costs (for all students)

Other costs to consider are travel to and from Sheffield for the two residential weekends.   Accommodation (dinner, bed and breakfast) on the Saturday night will be provided along with lunch and refreshments over the weekend. Students planning to stay in Sheffield for any additional nights are responsible for booking and paying for this themselves.  Additional costs that should also be considered include the binding of copies of dissertations and research projects, and for those choosing the Low Vision option for Module 2, travel costs for a one day Introductory Day taking place in Sheffield and the clinical exam taking place in Sheffield.

Students who opt to stop at Postgraduate Diploma level will pay for two years of study only, and students who opt to stop at Postgraduate Certificate will pay for one year only.

For any further information please contact: 

Sheena Coales
Course Secretary


The University of Sheffield does not provide funding for this course.  Some students gain financial support from their employer.  If you work in the Yorkshire & Humber or East Midlands regions funding may be available through the Specialist Skills & Post-Registration Development (SSPRD) fund, previously known as the Learning Beyond Registration (LBR) scheme.  Please see link to the SSPRD web pages for further information.  If you are seeking a funded place through SSPRD/LBR, you also need to complete the 'SSPRD/LBR Fees and Funding Form' accessed via the link above and return this in hard copy to the address at the bottom of the form.  

Postgraduate Masters Alumni Rewards: Sheffield graduates may receive a discount on the MMedSci tuition fees.  Further information can be found via the Prospective Postgraduates link above. 

Stand alone modules:  A 10% discount is now available to Sheffield Alumni and multiple applicants from the same department, for all stand alone modules.