Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) (MSc)

City, University of London

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The award

How long you will study
2 - 5 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 4250 per year

How you will study

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International course fees
GBP 8500 per year

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About Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner (Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care) at City, University of London

City's MSc Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner is a flexible, professionally orientated programme for nurses working in ophthalmic health and eye care within health and social care provisions.

Who is it for?

The Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate course is designed for registered nurses working in ophthalmic health or caring for people who are experiencing vision loss. It is for staff nurses and nurse managers, as well as those seeking a career in nursing or health research.


The Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner) programme provides ophthalmic nurses with up-to-date research-based and theoretical knowledge of a wide range of ophthalmic fields.

The main focus of the Ophthalmic Nursing programme is prescribing within the context of ophthalmic nursing.

You will complete the non-medical prescribing programme in addition to ophthalmic-related modules which will enhance prescribing competence.

The degree programme offers education in the latest theoretical and clinical developments relating to the role of ophthalmic nurse practitioner. It also develops research and critical thinking skills and provides the opportunity to conduct a research project under expert supervision, laying the foundations for independent practice and research in the future. This provides you with the opportunity to create a challenging and rewarding Master's programme tailored to nursing ophthalmic care.


The prescribing module on this course is accredited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you should hold at least a lower second-class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution.

If you do not hold a degree, you may be considered on the basis of professional experience and/or at the discretion of the programme director.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, one of the following is also required:

  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language. For example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the USA.
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) a score of 7.0 is required with no subtest scoring below 6.5.
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score 72 required
  • Other evidence of proficiency in the English language, which satisfies the board of studies concerned.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

September 2018

January 2019

For general enquiries, please contact the Programmes Office:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7040 5790

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square

Teaching and learning

The range of teaching methods is wide and includes lectures (face-to-face and online), tutorials, advanced clinical training, clinical demonstrations, videos and discussion of clinical scenarios and action learning sets. Discussion forums, interactive seminars, peer reviewing work-based examples and clinically focused critical reflections via a case review process are also included.

Practical classes and clinical skills laboratories provide opportunities to develop practical skills and to give demonstrations of techniques covered in lectures. Many lectures are delivered by external specialists, giving you access to expertise on current issues, research and methods in the field.

There is a significant amount of independent study within each module (e.g.120 hours/15 PG credit module) and this time is for you to read literature related to the modules you are studying and to reflect on your clinical practice.


Methods of assessment vary between modules, to reflect their differences in structure and content. The modular examinations may include any combination of the following:

  • A multiple choice question (MCQ) paper
  • A short-answer question paper (SAQ)
  • Visual recognition and interpretation of clinical signs tests (VRICS) (involving analysis of a series of slides/photographs).
  • Patient management case scenarios (a photograph and/or case history documenting observations following the presentation of a patient)
  • A professional practice portfolio that incorporates inclusion of self-reflection, peer review evidence and additional data that informs the evaluation of your role in a contemporary health care context
  • Minilabs
  • Peer reviewed publication.

Some modules have more than one assessment component and the weighting for each assessment component is outlined clearly within the module specification.


The programme provides a range of modules which include 15, 30 and 60-credit modules at Master's level. This is a flexible programme with a choice of exit routes. Modules can also be taken as stand-alone courses.

You will study six core modules, and a further module from a choice of four discipline-specific modules and four elective modules. If you are part-time, you should aim to take two modules per term over two years.  If you are full-time, you take four modules per term over one year.

Each 15 PG credit module is approximately 150 hours (15 PG credits) in duration with around 45% of this time spent attending City for face-to-face learning in either lectures/tutorials or workshops.

Depending on the module, you should be aiming to study approximately:

  • 20 hours per week if full-time
  • Four hours per week if part-time

Core modules

  • Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits)
  • Critical Approaches to Advanced Practice (15 credits)
  • Dissertation (60 credits).

Discipline specific modules

  • Independent, supplementary and non-medical prescribing (30 credits)
  • Critical thinking for Ophthalmic Practice (15 credits)
  • Principles of Therapeutics (15 credits)

Elective modules

  • Professional Certificate in Glaucoma (15 credits)
  • Professional Certificate in Medical Retina (15 credits)
  • Refractive Surgery (15 credits).


  • Medicines Management (15 credits)
  • Leadership for Practice and Service Delivery (15 credits)
  • Supporting and Assessing Learning in Practice Settings (15 credits).

Download the relevant programme specification

Career prospects

The Advanced Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner Masters programme will enhance your professional skills in practice, research and teaching. As a graduate, you will enhance prospects in applying for posts in nurse management, student support, and as ophthalmic nurse specialists or advanced nurse practitioners in ophthalmology, in a variety of different settings (public and private). The programme is also suitable for nurses considering a post in research.

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course


Part-time: £4,250 per year*


Part-time: £8,500 per year*

More about fees

*Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


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The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's brand-new, purpose-built clinics. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision and language sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

Academic facilities

The Division of Optometry opened a brand-new, purpose-built eye clinic, City Sight in 2015. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

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