Course Comparison

Course
MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology MSc Advanced Professional Practice in Occupational Therapy
Award
Master of Science - MSc Master of Science - MSc
Duration
3 years 1 year
Assessment breakdown
- -
Course type
Part-time Full-time, Part-time route available
Placement
- -
Location
Plymouth Plymouth
Provider
School of Health Professions School of Health Professions
Entry requirements

This programme is designed for registered optometrists, orthoptists and ophthalmic nurses, who are currently working clinically in an ophthalmic setting that will facilitate the successful completion of the programme (primary or secondary care).
  • Applicants will normally have a relevant first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above; or a European first cycle equivalent. 
  • Applicants without a first degree, BSc (Hons) at 2:1 or above may be eligible to apply, if combined with appropriate practice related experience relevant to the programme and following submission of a written critical evaluation of advanced practice marked against the Level 7 criteria. 
  • Certified evidence of an appropriate level of competence in clinical examination of the eye, to include slit lamp examination of the anterior eye, slit lamp biomicroscopy assessment of the optic nerve head and retina and tonometry, will be required where applicable, and where necessary for the successful completion of a chosen clinical module.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English through an IELTS average of 6.5, overall minimum of 5.5 in each part. 
  • Due to the blended learning delivery model of this MSc, it is an expectation that applicants will have access to wi-fi and relevant electronic devices that allow them to engage fully with all aspects of programme delivery, teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • All applicants will be interviewed to assess their individual ability to meet the requirements of this programme.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certified or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University of Plymouth regulations and Faculty of Health procedures

You’ll normally have a first degree (BSc (Hons) at 2:2 or above or European first cycle equivalent) in Occupational Therapy. If you are a non UK-based candidate you must be recognised as a Occupational Therapist within your own country.

You must also provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English in accordance with the University’s Admissions Code of Practice - IELTS requirement is 6.5 average with a minimum of 5.5 in each category. If you need to improve your English language to get onto a degree programme at Plymouth University, you can book a pre-sessional academic English course.

You’ll be assessed individually for your ability to study at this level and therefore an interview may be necessary. You’ll normally be required to submit a short piece of writing as part of the admissions process.

AP(E)L

Claims for credit for prior learning, whether certificated or experiential are accepted and will be assessed following University regulations and faculty procedures.

European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)

This programme is equivalent to 90 ECTS credits (second cycle) with 30 ECTS credits at postgraduate certificate, 60 credits at postgraduate diploma and 90 credits at masters degree. Each 20 credit module is the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits and assumes a notional student effort of between 200-300 hours.

Successful completion of this pathway does not lead to eligibility to apply for registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Health and Social Care Professions Council.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.