Key features

This module will build upon increasing your knowledge of the development of vision and the eye, and common ocular conditions encountered in childhood to enable you to adapt your routine to meet the specific needs of younger patients and provide high quality paediatric ophthalmology care in a hospital or community setting. 

Module code




FHEQ 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 paediatric ophthalmology. 
Units of study include:
  • Complex communication 
  • Growth and development of the eye 
  • Advanced Clinical Techniques 
  • Infectious Eye Disease 
  • Diseases of the cornea and anterior segment 
  • Ocular Adnexa 
  • Strabismus 
  • National screening 
  • Further advanced paediatric conditions 

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge and understanding of common paediatric ophthalmology conditions including differential diagnosis, management, referral and treatment pathways. 
  • Demonstrate systematic knowledge and understanding of paediatric ophthalmology with regard to screening for relevant conditions.  
  • Demonstrate the ability to systematically and critically analyse and interpret the clinical findings recorded during the investigation of a paediatric patient with an ophthalmology condition and produce accurate 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 paediatric ophthalmology conditions.  
  • Systematically organise and communicate with patients to elicit comprehensive and complex clinical information and deliver relevant and accessible advice.  


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

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

29 Jan 2024 – Online induction
28 Feb 2024 – Face to Face Clinical Day at CEE
19 June 2024 – Assessment Day at CEE
The dates provided are those on which student attendance is needed. There are other key dates for the module (e.g. portfolio submission) which will be provided once the student has been enrolled. 
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.



Module Lead

Entry requirements

  • Registered ophthalmic professional working in a clinical area that will facilitate the successful completion of the module learning outcomes.  
  • Due to its advanced nature, it is a pre-requisite that students completing this module have prior training or experience in paediatric optometry or ophthalmology, or hold a relevant undergraduate degree, such as BSc Orthoptics. 
  • 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. 
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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.