Key features

This module will enable students to extend their theoretical knowledge of acute and emergency eyecare and develop their clinical skills to an advanced level to support differential diagnosis, referral, management and treatment pathways.
This module has been designed to support progression through the Ophthalmic Practitioner Training (OPT) framework in Acute and Emergency Eyecare.

Module code




FHEQ Level 

Level 7 – masters degree


Blended learning approach: distance learning delivery of theoretical content, with one face-to-face clinical teaching day at the start of the module, a live webinar opportunity and one face-to-face assessment day at the end of the module.

Module details

The aim of this module is to equip students with advanced theoretical knowledge and clinical expertise in relation to acute and emergency eyecare.
Units of study include:
  • Advanced clinical investigation of the emergency patient.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology.
  • Post-surgical complications.
  • Secondary complications.
  • Ocular tumours.
  • Functional vision loss.
  • Non-accidental injury.


The assessment for this module includes, written examination, clinical examination (OSCE) and a clinical portfolio with viva.

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of complex acute and emergency conditions including differential diagnosis, management, referral and treatment pathways. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to systematically and critically analyse and interpret the complex clinical findings recorded during the investigation of a patient with an acute or emergency condition and produce accurate complex clinical management recommendations to meet the differing needs of a variety of patients. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform advanced clinical assessments to aid the diagnosis and monitoring of complex acute eye conditions. 
  • Systematically organise and communicate with complex acute emergency patients to elicit comprehensive clinical information and deliver relevant and accessible advice. 

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.
  • Application forms. 
  • Change of name forms.
  • Pre-course information.
  • Downloadable guides.
  • Student card.
Admissions information Additional information and documentation required for the application process.Access to application forms, download guides and confirmation information. Visit our admissions homepage.

Module dates

Start date: week commencing 29 January 2024
Duration: one academic term
End date: 17 June 2024
Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change – always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.
Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.
In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date. 
Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.


Entry requirements

  • Registered ophthalmic professional working in a clinical area that will facilitate the successful completion of the module learning outcomes. 
  • It is a pre-requisite that students completing this module have successfully completed the Acute and Emergency Eyecare (ACO703) module, or an equivalent Level 7 module in Acute and Emergency Eyecare.
  • Due to the blended learning delivery model of this module, 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 module delivery, teaching, learning and assessment. 
  • In some cases, an interview may be required to assess individual ability to meet the requirements of this module. 

MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology

This module can be studied as a standalone 20 credit option or as part of the full MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology.
An innovative and flexible MSc programme supporting the postgraduate development of registered ophthalmic professionals to an advanced level of practice in Clinical Ophthalmology.
Full programme details can be found on our MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Ophthalmology page. 

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:
Current student enquiries:
Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.
Monday – Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.
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