This is optometry and visual science
The MSc programme is designed with an optometrist’s existing and expected challenges in eye and visual health in mind. There will be a requirement for optometrists with special competencies in diagnosing and management of visual problems in children. With an increasing proportion of elderly within the population, there will also be greater needs for optometrists to follow up ocular and visual anomalies in adults and the elderly, and detect ocular pathology.
The MSc degree will enable you to cooperate with other health professions in the following up of ocular and visual function within your chosen specialization. The skills and competencies gained through the degree course will allow you to step into an extended clinical role in eye and vision care, particularly within your chosen specialization.
This is what you will learn
You will learn specialist contact lens fitting and further develop skills and competency within clinical optometric practice.
Each specialization consists of three subject courses of 15 ECTS credits. The specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry consists of Orthoptics and paediatric optometry part 1, Orthoptics and paediatric optometry part 2 and Vision training. The specialization in general practice optometry consists of Advanced clinical methods – posterior segment, Advanced clinical methods – anterior segment and Visual ergonomics.
In addition, you will learn about scientific research methods and research ethics, and you will complete a master’s thesis. The master’s thesis will give you competency in completing an individual limited research- or development project under supervision. You will have the opportunity to take part in projects that are under development within the institution or you can undertake a project in an external practice.
Gain international experience
There are possibilities for exchange to cooperating institutions in the United Kingdom and Australia. Taking part of the degree programme abroad will give you the opportunity to broaden your international competency and adaptability, and that will make you even more attractive to prospective employers. Read more about your opportunities here.
Contact the International section if this sounds exciting!
Exemption from parts of the programme
Applicants who have already completed continuing education courses in occupational optometry, contact lens specialization, or paediatric optometry and orthoptics, or who have other relevant qualifications at MSc level or higher, may apply for recognition for the courses undertaken and exemption from parts of the MSc programme. Applications will be evaluated individually.
How to apply
You can apply to:
- MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry: Full time (2 years)
- MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry: Part time (3-5 years, individually adapted)
- MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in general practice optometry: Full time (2 year)
- MSc in optometry and visual science – Specialization in general practice optometry: Part time (3-5 years, individually adapted)
- Single subject courses from the degree programme