Vision and Strabismus
Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics, Health Sciences School,
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health
Lead academic: Dr Charlotte Codina
This course is for practising orthoptists and other eye care professionals. It’s taught online and supported by two learning blocks, held on weekends at the beginning of your first and second years. There are also introductory days or tutorials online, held in March, depending on which module you choose to study. This means 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.
- 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)
The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.
Teaching is by distance learning, supported by two learning blocks, held on weekends at the beginning of your first and second years. There are also introductory days or tutorials online, held in March, depending on which module you choose to study.
You will take part in two learning weekends (held at the start of years 1 and 2). 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. First and second year students come together for the learning weekends and then separate into course-specific teaching.
Dates of learning weekends
- 11–12 September 2021 (held online)
- 10–11 September 2022 (mode of teaching to be confirmed)
- 9–10 September 2023 (mode of teaching to be confirmed)
3 years part-time by distance learning (2 years for postgraduate diploma)
Our graduates continue to develop their career within the NHS, progressing to roles such as Head Orthoptist, Deputy Head Orthoptist and Service Manager. They have also gone overseas and in some circumstances have started their own low vision clinic.
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).
Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.
Fees and funding
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
Dr Charlotte Codina
+44 114 215 9042
Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.
Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.