Investigative Ophthalmic Science- Standalone module

Course overview

  • Course level
    Professional short courses \ CPD
  • Course type
    Online / distance learning
  • Duration
    16 weeks
  • Course options
    No placement
  • School

Entry requirements

  • General entry requirements:
    You must be a clinician in the field of optometry.
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Key Dates

  • Start date

Course summary

This course is for you if you are a clinician in the field of optometry and are looking to develop your technical knowledge in investigative techniques for examination of the anterior and posterior eye. You will explore topics such as ocular biometry and research skills in ophthalmic science.

Key information, entry requirements and fees

Credit value: 20 masters level credits

Mode of delivery: Distance learning   

Course type: Standalone module

Module code: OP4IOS

Start date: March

Number of places available: Up to 30

Duration: 16 weeks   

Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, a typical student can expect to spend up to 200 hours of study in total.

Fees: £1,100

Entry requirement: You must be a clinician in the field of optometry.


Course outline and what you will study

This course will provide you with a theoretical background in investigative techniques for examination of the anterior and posterior eye.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • Research Skills in ophthalmic science - use of appropriate investigative techniques; robust recording of findings; how to document common measures of visual function; development and use of questionnaires.
  • Anterior segment assessment and clinical interpretation of findings - Detection and assessment of anterior segment pathology. Including: anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT); confocal microscopy; gonioscopy; Scheimpflug imaging; anterior eye photography methods. 
  • Posterior segment assessment and clinical interpretation of findings - Detection and assessment of posterior segment pathology. Including: Ocular blood flow (POBF); retinal photography; posterior eye optical coherence tomography (OCT); scanning laser ophthalmoscopy; Optos. 
  • Electrophysiological assessment and clinical interpretation of findings - Assessment, interpretation and use of electrophysiological investigations in adult and paediatric patients. Including: Electro-oculogram (EOG); electroretinogram (ERG); multifocal electroretinogram (mfERG); visual evoked potentials (VEP); functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); magneto-encephalography (MEG). 
  • Ocular biometry - Use of biometric techniques and their utilisation in optometry and ophthalmology. Including Partial coherence interferometry (PCI); ophthalmophakometry; structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI); ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM).
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

This course is delivered via distance learning. You will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Assessment is by coursework submitted throughout the course. Coursework will take the form of formative assessments (MCQs) and individual assignment.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of life and health sciences teaching and research. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

Course lead: Dr Maana Aujla

Your future career prospects

Our courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

The Optometry CPD courses allow you to develop specialist knowledge in advanced optometric topics. Clinical application and content may allow eye care professionals to widen and specialise their mode of practice.

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