MMedSci Ophthalmology Advanced Clinical Practice (Paediatrics)

New three-year part-time Masters Course offered by The Division of Ophthalmology and Orthoptics at The University of Sheffield through distance, online and work-based learning.

Suitable for:

  • Current paediatric eye-care practitioners (Orthoptists, Optometrists and Ophthalmic Nurses) who want to advance their specialist ophthalmic practice skills.
  • Excellent communicators with paediatric patients
  • Professionals wishing to reach advanced clinical practitioner status in paediatric ophthalmology


Course Description

A new and exciting opportunity for Orthoptists, Optometrists and Ophthalmic Nurses to advance their specialist ophthalmic practice skills. Practitioners will gain a comprehensive and advanced knowledge of paediatric ophthalmology conditions, diagnostic expertise and management options. Teaching will be delivered online, with the addition of clinical work-based learning.  Students will need the support of their local department and a local mentor (paediatric ophthalmologist or ACP in paediatric ophthalmology) to facilitate the clinical exposure required.

The course encompasses the four pillars of advanced practice: clinical practice; facilitating learning; leadership; and evidence, research and development. The core 60 credit first year module  will include:  Introduction to the role of the ACP in paediatric ophthalmology, blepharitis, managing dry eye, allergic conjunctivitis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, retinal genetics, retinal imaging, electrodiagnostic testing, retinoscopy, glaucoma, contact lenses, investigative techniques, cerebral visual impairment, communicating with vision impaired children, disc and neurological screening, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, chalazions, emergency eye treatment and continued professional development.

Fees and Funding TBC

Tuition Fees Home: £8500 over the three years for all learners

£2833 per year

Students are advised to investigate the possibilities of learning beyond registration funding

More information, including how to register, available on the University website.

If you are interested in finding out more:

  • Full details available here.

  • Details of other post-graduate courses available here.