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Vision and Strabismus

Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This part-time distance learning course is for practising orthoptists and other eye care professionals who want to study for a higher degree without having to leave their current post. It is the only course of its kind in the world.
Orthoptics students carrying our clinical tests

Course description

Lead academic: Dr Charlotte Codina

The course is for practising orthoptists and other eye care professionals. It’s taught online (supported by one virtual weekend and one residential weekend, an introductory day for Low Vision and virtual tutorials), so you can study for a higher degree without having to leave your current post. 

It is the only distance learning course specialising in vision and strabismus that allows you to develop skills beyond registration while you work.

We have several specialist orthoptists on our teaching and research team. Many of our students go on to publish the results of their research projects. Any module can be studied as a standalone for continuing professional development.

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Core modules

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


Teaching is by distance learning, supported by one virtual weekend in September 2020 (you'll find more information below) and one weekend residential in September 2021 that takes place in Sheffield, and virtual tutorials using e-technology. There is also an introductory day for Low Vision.

Update about residential weekend and introductory days

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, and the uncertainty around travel restrictions over the coming months, we have made some changes to how we deliver the introductory days and residential weekend that were due to be held on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September 2020 in Sheffield.  

September 2020 only

The course will now start with a virtual weekend – or an introductory day for the standalone modules. This will be delivered online on Saturday 12–Sunday 13 September 2020. We'll be in touch with offer holders nearer the time with more information about how this will be run. Please don't book any travel or accommodation for these dates as physical attendance will no longer be required. Please contact us if you have any questions about these changes.

For students wishing to study a standalone module such as Exemptions or Stroke in September 2020, please save the dates of Saturday 12–Sunday 13 September as the online teaching may need to occur over both days.

Residential and virtual weekends

You’ll take part in one virtual weekend (please see update above for details) and one residential weekend throughout the three years you'll be studying. Academics, clinicians and researchers will give presentations and workshops on various aspects of the course. The weekends are also a great opportunity to share experiences with and hear from students from all over the world.

The residential weekend is held in Sheffield.

Included in a residential weekend is a three-course Saturday evening meal, Saturday night accommodation and breakfast, as well as refreshments. Additional costs to consider (which are not included in the cost of the course) are travel to and from Sheffield, or if you decide to book any additional accommodation.

Key dates

  • One virtual weekend: 12–13 September 2020 (see update above)
  • One residential weekend: 11–12 September 2021
  • Exemptions CPD introductory day: Saturday 12–Sunday 13 September 2020 (see update above)
  • Stroke and Concomitance in Depth CPD and standalone module introduction day: Saturday 12–Sunday 13 September 2020 (see update above)
  • Low Vision introductory day: 2 March 2020
  • Low Vision clinical exam: 7 July 2020


3 years part-time by distance learning (2 years for postgraduate diploma)

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.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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Dr Charlotte Codina


+44 114 215 9042

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.