2020 start
PG Certificate
PG Diploma

Vision and Strabismus

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 two residential weekends, 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 two weekend residentials (and introductory day for Low Vision) that take place in Sheffield and virtual tutorials using e-technology.

Residential weekends

You’ll take part in two residential weekends throughout the three years of the course. Clinicians, researchers and leading technologists 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.

Residential weekends are held in Sheffield at the beginning of the first and second years.

Included in a residential weekend is a three-course Saturday evening meal, 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

  • Residential weekend: 12–13 September 2020
  • Exemptions CPD introductory day: 12 September 2020
  • Stroke and Concomitance in Depth CPD and standalone module introduction day: 13 September 2020
  • Low Vision introductory day:  2 March 2021
  • Low Vision clinical exam: 7 July 2021


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

Entry requirements

Anyone with an orthoptic degree or diploma, or appropriate eye care qualification may apply (2:1 or higher classifications are preferred).

Applications are welcomed from anywhere in the world, provided internet access is available.

Ideally you should also have at least one year’s clinical experience following your first degree.

English language requirements

Entry requirements for international students


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.