Our four year MOptom course with clinical experience, including additional year of distance learning during the pre-registration period, has been specifically designed to meet the requirements for the practice of optometry and is regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC). Optometrists are professional clinicians responsible for many aspects of vision care, trained to examine the eyes for optical defects and to detect visual system diseases that may originate in the eye, brain or elsewhere in the body. Their training includes fitting and supplying spectacles, contact lenses and other optical devices. As an optometry student you will gain a broad scientific education and specialist professional training, as well as receiving hands-on clinical experience throughout all years of the course. Our unique virtual patient simulators will help you to develop initial clinical skills, and then later encounter real patients in our fully functioning Optometry clinics. You will provide patients with a full range of eye care services under the close supervision of our clinical staff, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, orthoptists and dispensing opticians. The MOptom qualification is undertaken during the pre-registration period - the period which takes place following the third year of university study, when you are in practice and training on the College of Optometrists’ Scheme for Registration. The aim of the MOptom year is to deepen your knowledge of topics such as advanced investigative techniques, evidence-based clinical research, glaucoma, interprofessional communication, ocular prescribing, and retinal and macular disorders. You will remain enrolled on a full-time basis at Aston and complete six masters-level modules, four of which will be taught modules and two are coursework modules. Course material is delivered online and tutors can be accessed via email, phone or in person. You will be required to attend a small number of days of on-campus for tutorial, workshops and exams. Our graduates enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice, private practice, the optical industry, optometry research, and roles outside healthcare. Some undertake postgraduate courses. Key course benefits: - Regulated by the General Optical Council (GOC) and is the first step towards becoming a qualified clinician - You will attend a series of observation sessions in local hospital eye departments, a specialist low vision centre, and our day hospital Optegra (refractive surgery hospital) - Have patient contact through our fully functioning public optometry clinic - Students rate this course very highly, as demonstrated by its 96% overall satisfaction score in the 2017 National Student Survey - Subjects Allied to Medicine at Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK in the 2017 Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide - Employed graduates from subjects allied to medicine at Aston earn £12,500 (51%) more than the UK average, three years after graduating (LEO, 2017).