UK’s first to receive Doctorate in Optometry

Ian Beasley

24 January 2013

An Aston student has become the first person in the UK to receive a professional Doctorate in Optometry.

Aston University graduate Ian Beasley started his doctorate in October 2008 and it was successfully completed with minor corrections. Ian’s research explored the differences in visual perception between stroke patients and non- stroke patients and ways to reduce any adverse effects.

The completion of his thesis has led to two publications and Ian has now started a new project with a part-time post-doctoral position at Aston University alongside his current work as an optometrist in private practice.

Ian Beasley said; “Achieving the professional Doctorate in Optometry has allowed me to pursue alternative career interests, including my recent appointment as a part-time research fellow.  The qualification has allowed me to not only learn new skills but also discover ways of developing existing skills.”

A doctorate is an internationally recognised professional degree that allows the holder to teach in the specific field of their certificate.  The aim of these programmes is to make links with industry to develop new ways of integrating professional and academic knowledge.

Students on professional doctorate programmes typically complete an original piece of research, which is presented as a thesis and are then examined by an expert in the chosen field. The course also consists of a modular taught element.


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