Postgraduate taught

Welcome from the Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Director, Dr Barbara Ryan

We are extremely proud to introduce this programme of study for postgraduate optometrists. It has been developed specifically with professionals in mind, providing an opportunity to achieve higher qualifications that are meaningful in everyday practice. We are committed to provide an outstanding teaching and learning experience. All our teaching is informed by research, and many of the staff are leading experts in their fields. We offer you the opportunity to learn with us and be part of this very friendly, supportive network of eye care professionals.

What courses do we offer?

The programme provides pathways for eye care professionals studying single modules, and for those pursuing a University award of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, or MSc in Clinical Optometry as well as the Postgraduate Certificate in either Glaucoma or Eye Care Governance. Find out more about our courses.

How does the course run?

This programme is part-time, using an efficient combination of convenient distance learning and 'hands-on' skills training. Learning with us makes use of the University's virtual learning environment and is accompanied by strong personal support and direct contact with your tutors. The majority of the modules available on this programme are accompanied by practical training workshops, normally provided over a 1-2 day period in Cardiff or other suitable locations. The wide portfolio of modules available provides routes for pursuing specialist interests, and for continued professional development generally.

Who can apply?

The programme is primarily designed for eye care professionals in community or hospital practice who wish to gain postgraduate academic qualifications that are going to be useful to them in their work, and can be recognised by others. Specific programme pathways can be suggested for optometrists wishing to focus on certain areas of practice, and there is even a recommended pathway for those returning to work after a career break. Many other healthcare professionals have chosen to study with us such as nurses, doctors and orthoptists. If you think any of our courses would be useful to you, just get in touch to find out if you are eligible.

I very much hope you will decide to enhance your professional career by choosing to study with us. I believe you will find your postgraduate studies with us both rewarding and interesting and we are here to support you every step of the way!


Barbara Ryan

Dr Barbara Ryan

Director Postgraduate Taught Programmes and WOPEC Co-Director

+44 29208 70233