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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.
    Orthoptics students carrying our clinical tests

    Course description

    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.

    Modules

    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

    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)

    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 Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn.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.

    Open days

    An open day gives you the best opportunity to hear first-hand from our current students and staff about our courses. You'll find out what makes us special.

    Upcoming open days and campus tours

    Duration

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

    Teaching

    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.

    Year one and two introductory days

    Introductory days to year one and year two will take place online on Saturday 16 September 2023.  Academics, clinicians and researchers give presentations and workshops on specific module topics and masters level learning. These days are a great opportunity to share experiences with and hear from students from all over the world. There will be breakout rooms and online activities to participate in.

    Dates of year one and two introductory days

    • Saturday 16 September 2023 (online)
    • Saturday 21 September 2024 (online)

    The date of the originally planned 2023 introductory learning for years one and two have been changed from the weekend of 10-11 September to 16 September 2023 (Saturday only).

    Further teaching has been moved to online tutorials throughout the semester to accommodate the reduction in weekend teaching. 

    Your career

    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.

    Entry requirements

    Minimum 2:2 undergraduate honours degree in orthoptics or another eye care-related degree. We may also accept other relevant eye care qualifications.

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    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.

    Apply

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

    Apply now

    Contact

    Dr Charlotte Codina

    vs-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

    +44 114 215 9042

    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

    Our student protection plan

    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.

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