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Doctor of Optometry / Doctor of Ophthalmic Science DOptom/DOphSc

Aston University, Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    DOptom - Doctor of Optometry

  • Location

    Aston University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    Mode of delivery: Part time distance learning. Duration: Up to 6 years part time for the doctoral degree.

  • Duration

    6 years

Course summary

Undertake the part-time Doctor of Optometry / Doctor of Ophthalmic Sciences course with Aston University, Birmingham, to enhance your knowledge and critical awareness of the current issues in your specialist discipline.

Course outline and modules

Are you looking to develop your expertise and gain specialist knowledge to put you at the forefront of innovations in your chosen field?

Our flexible Optometry / Ophthalmic Science Professional Doctorate, which has intakes in April and October of each year, has been designed for those working in full-time professional practice who want to develop their expertise and gain specialist knowledge while continuing to work.

Delivered online through our innovative framework of flexible credit accumulation, you’ll be able to select modules suited to your passions and career development goals, before moving on to your thesis where you will explore a topic of your choice with a substantial piece of research.

This course is part of the School of Optometry which sits within the College of Health and Life Sciences.

We have a long and established history of providing high quality, industry leading academic and professional development qualifications. Acknowledged as one of the leading centres of health sciences within the UK, our optometry programmes are well regarded for the standard of teaching and high levels of student satisfaction they provide.

Staff within the School come from a wide variety of specialist backgrounds with many conducting world renowned research. We’ve been ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality (Ophthalmics, Complete University Guide, 2021) and are home to multiple research groups including:

Ophthalmic Technology and Devices Research Centre
Ocular Disease and Vascular Research
Physiological and Optics Research
Specialist Services Research

We also have the on campus Aston Eye Clinic which provides eye examinations and sight tests, along with a range of specialist clinics ran by our staff including Children’s and Binocular Vision Clinic, Dry Eye Clinic and Low Vision Clinic.

Course outline

The Aston Doctor of Optometry / Doctor of Ophthalmic Science is a unique professional doctorate programme that will enable you to enhance your knowledge, and critical awareness of current issues to be at the forefront of the academic discipline through.

The qualification you will be awarded with depends on your profession and if you are a practicing optometrist or not:


The Doctor of Optometry programme is aimed at practising optometrists, who will complete case records where required for taught module coursework and will undertake a practice-based research project.


The Doctor of Ophthalmic Science programme is for eye care professionals who may not be practising optometrists, e.g. medics/ orthoptists/ product designers; these students may complete scientific essays to fulfil the coursework requirements and undertake a non-clinical research project.

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University information

Aston University, Birmingham

  • University League Table

    43rd

  • Campus address

    Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, Birmingham, B4 7ET, England

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