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


Why study orthoptics at Liverpool?
If you are interested in working in healthcare, have an interest in eyes and vision or simply want a challenging, rewarding and varied career, consider this two year accelerated MSc programme in Orthoptics. This course will provide you with an authentic experience integrating academic knowledge and clinical skills in a hybrid learning environment. This programme has been designed to allow graduates some flexibility due to the delivery of the programme. Students will learn via a mix of home online learning, on campus teaching and clinical placement during specifically identified blocks of time for intensive practical clinical training. At the end of the two year programme you will be eligible to register with the Health Care Professions Council and practice under the protected title ‘Orthoptist’.

What does an Orthoptist do?
As a qualified Orthoptist you will make valuable and meaningful contributions to the care of a wide range of patients from infants to older adults presenting with disorders of vision and/or eye movements. Throughout your training you will develop the skills and knowledge to help patients to improve their understanding of their condition, relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. You will become a key member of the eye care team working with Ophthalmologists, Optometrists and Ophthalmic nurses and will contribute to a wider multidisciplinary healthcare team. As a graduate from this programme you will be equipped with the tools to continue to develop and progress to specialist and advanced orthoptic clinical roles.

Want to find out more about being an Orthoptist? This FutureLearn course has been produced to help people understand more about the profession and some of the basics of eye anatomy, binocular vision, and clinical skills. It’s all online and can be completed for free in just 3 weeks under the 'limited access' plan.

Overview of the programme
You will undertake seven modules over two years which are broadly categorised into three main themes: ‘Orthoptic Clinical Practice and Theory’, ‘Ophthalmology and Optics’ and ‘Research Methods in Healthcare Practice’. Clinical education forms a key component of the programme and this will be delivered by giving students the opportunity to learn whilst on clinical placement and also using a high fidelity clinical simulation experience at the University. The programme will ensure that upon graduation you are able to deliver outstanding patient care by using evidence based practice and continue to grow as an Orthoptist.

Our programme aligns with the University of Liverpool hallmarks of research connected teaching, active learning and authentic assessment. Each of the modules are designed and assessed in a way that is meaningful to your work as an Orthoptist.

Regretfully, we are unable to offer a January 2023 start for our programme as it was hoped.  We will be in contact with our applicants who have applied for 2023 entry with further details.