Orthoptics (Pre-registration) MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 2 years  
  • Programme start: January 2024
  • Entry requirements: We welcome applications from graduates holding a minimum of a 2:2 classification or an equivalent oversees qualification. A range of disciplines will be considered; however, a scientific background or clinical experience is advantageous.
Orthoptics Pre-registrations MSc

Module details








Orthoptic Clinical Practice and Theory I




Ophthalmology and Optics I




Research Methods in Healthcare Practice








Orthoptic Clinical Practice and Theory II




Ophthalmology and Optics II









Compulsory modules

Research Methods in Healthcare Practice (HEAL417)
Credit level15
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

• Facilitate the development of in-depth knowledge and core skills in qualitative or quantitative or mixed methods research and ethics, commensurate with postgraduate level.
• Enable students to develop a critical awareness of the processes required for the identification of a research question and planning of a successful research project

Learning Outcomes

(M1.) Students will be able to critically analyse their own area of professional practice and be able to create a research question appropriate to the development of their discipline.

(M2) Students will be able to critically examine, appraise and select quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods approaches to data collection, analysis and reporting.

(M3) Students will be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of ethical frameworks and to apply these to their own professional healthcare research environments.

(S1) critical thinking

(S2) self-regulated / independent learning

(S3) Information literacy

Neurology and Neuro-orthoptics (ORTH422)
Credit level10
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting100:0

To develop the students' knowledge and understanding of neuroanatomy and neurological disease processes to enable application of knowledge to neuro-ophthalmic clinical conditions.

Learning Outcomes

(M1) Analyse and interpret neuroophthalmic clinical signs and symptoms with respect to neuroanatomical structures and the pathogenesis of neurological diseases.

(M2) Appraise the pathogenesis, clinical investigations and management of relevant neurological diseases.

(M3) Appraise neuroanatomical structures and their locations and functions to predict the neuroophthalmic clinical consequences of relevant neurological diseases.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Organisational skills

(S3) IT Skills

(S4) Teamwork

Orthoptic Clinical Practice and Theory II (ORTH424)
Credit level30
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

This module aims to prepare students for clinical practice as a newly qualified Orthoptist by integrating all aspects of evidence based orthoptic theory and practice. This will enable students to appropriately investigate, diagnose and manage all types of orthoptic conditions.

Learning Outcomes

(M1) Examine critically a patient's condition and identify necessary referrals for appropriate non-orthoptic investigations

(M2) Evaluate critically the orthoptic clinical investigation necessary to diagnose and appropriately manage a range of orthoptic conditions

(M3) Clinically investigate, diagnose and produce appropriate short- and long-term management plans for strabismus, amblyopia and accommodative and convergence abnormalities

(S1) Critical thinking

(S2) Independent Learning

(S3) Information literacy

(S4) Digital Fluency

Ophthalmology and Optics II (ORTH423)
Credit level20
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

To equip the student to use refractive techniques in screening and the verification of spectacle prescriptions and impart sufficient knowledge of the refractive error to allow effective interdisciplinary communication.

To critically appraise the range of orthoptic specialist/advanced/extended roles and the policies that influence these areas of clinical practice.

The module also aims to support the student's development toward their career in orthoptics and to illustrate the importance of an inter-disciplinary approach in the management of patients presenting to the Ophthalmologist, Orthoptist and other health care professionals.

Learning Outcomes

(3) Evaluate the principles and methods of correction of refractive defects and prescribing optical corrections for a range of patients and conditions.

(M1) Evaluate the basic principles of retinoscopy to measure objective refraction and complete subjective refraction to refine measurement of refractive error.

(M2) Critially interpret anatomical structures by performing posterior eye examination with slit lamp biomicroscopy.

(M3) Evaluate the principles and methods of correction of refractive defects and prescribing optical corrections for a range of patients and conditions.

(M4) Appraise effective interprofessional (or collaborative) working in ophthalmic, health, and social care.

(M5) Critically evaluate ethical, legal, and NHS Frameworks/Policy relevant to developing and enhancing specialist, advanced, or extended orthoptic practice.

(S1) Communication Skills - developed through the practical sessions when learning how to refract and undertake ophthalmological examinations

(S2) Teamwork - as part of their tutorials they will learn about the multidisciplinary team/interdisciplinary working

(S3) Ethical Awareness - through the use of NHS policy and frameworks, students will understand ethical principles and conduct

(S4) Academic Writing - the assignment will allow students to develop their academic writing skills

Dissertation: Healthcare Practice (HEAL418)
Credit level45
SemesterWhole Session
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100

This module will provide students with the opportunity to undertake a piece of empirical research, service evaluation/audit or review of evidence in their chosen field of interest; develop expertise in an area of research methodology; provide an opportunity to study a particular topic in depth; show evidence of independent investigation; an ability to plan and manage a project within deadlines and to communicate research findings to an audience.

Learning Outcomes

(M1) To analyse critically a body of professional knowledge and further develop a research proposal

(M2) To apply critically the skills and knowledge required to implement a piece of empirical research or service evaluation or review of evidence in a scientifically rigorous and ethically sound manner

(M3) To be able to critically analyse data, generate new knowledge and communicate that knowledge to an audience of peers

(S1) time management

(S2) independent and lifelong learning

(S3) ability to plan and manage a project within deadlines