Vision Sciences (MRes)

The Master of Research (MRes) in Vision Sciences provides opportunities to develop research skills and valuable hands-on research experience in a research area relevant to optometry and vision science.

The programme comprises of taught modules on research methodologies and skills development in key areas such as scientific writing, critical appraisal and grant proposal preparation, as well as a substantial research project, undertaken under the supervision of an academic member of staff from from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.

The MRes in Vision Sciences is suitable for those wishing to gain research skills before embarking on a PhD, those who require a research qualification but not necessarily a PhD, or those who want to experience research before deciding on whether or not to undertake a PhD.

Graduates from the MRes in Vision Sciences will develop the ability to:

  • Critically evaluate their own and previously published research in a range of sub-disciplines within vision research, as well as their own research
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding in a chosen specialist area
  • Understand the need for evidence-based research in clinical vision research
  • Search for appropriate evidence within the subject area to support professional development
  • Exhibit an understanding of: experimental design, the importance of quality data and of appropriate statistical analysis
  • Design and conduct a research study
  • Appreciate the role of lifelong learning.

You will also develop a range of academic skills, including:

  • Search for appropriate information to support learning
  • Critically evaluate such information
  • Experimental design
  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Scientific writing

In addition to a range of subject specific skills, such as:

  • Clinical decision making
  • Higher levels of professional skill and knowledge
  • Working in peer groups

Graduates of the MRes in Vision Sciences will also develop various transferable and employability skills, including:

  • Independent learning skills
  • Time management
  • Project management
  • Problem solving

Distinctive features

  • Research programme with taught elements
  • Taught modules on research skills
  • Flexible working hours.

We offer two start dates: March and October.

Key facts

Mode of study Part-time distance learning
Qualification MRes
Part-time duration MRes 2 years distance / e-learning
Start dates March, October

The MRes in Vision Sciences is a research programme which comprises of taught elements. Each student will complete two compulsory taught study and research skills modules and five optional taught modules (10 credits each, 70 credits in total). Each student will also complete the Research aspect of the programme, which comprises of a Systematic Literature Review (30 credits) and Research Project (80 credits).

Core Modules

Students will complete each of the core components of the programme:

Optional Modules

Students will also have the opportunity to select five optional modules:

Teaching methods

Modules will be taught via lectures delivered on the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and on CD-ROM, with supporting resources and podcasts. Research supervision will be provided by academic staff in the School. Students will be required to attend the School in person for one week, twice during the course, as part of the Research Project module.

Resources and facilities

  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • Module Handbook
  • Access to Cardiff University library services
  • Research supervisor


Dr Tony Redmond (Senior Lecturer & MRes Programme Manager)

In addition to, various module leaders and academic staff from the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences.


  • Dissertation of 25,000 – 30,000 words
  • Systematic literature review, MCQs, research paper review, research proposal review, creation of a research proposal, data analysis assignment

Those who successfully gain their research degree will have essential skills for entry into a PhD. Other positions include senior appointments within NHS Trusts, professional service appointments within major optometric companies, pharmaceutical, and other industry employment such as Novartis, Astra Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson.


There are currently no funding opportunities available.

Tuition fees

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Please provide an up-to-date curriculum vitae (max. 3 pages), as well as a short (max. 1 page) personal statement outlining why you would like to study the MRes and what your proposed area of study would be.

Expressions of interest should be directed to prior to completing an application

Admission process

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview as part of the admissions process.

An undergraduate degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences or a degree in a relevant subject area, such as cell biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, molecular biology, biomedical science, genetics, neuroscience, biology, psychology, nutrition, nursing, occupational health, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, sport sciences, zoology, astronomy, computer science and informatics, medical engineering, social science, physics, mathematics, statistics or any relevant scientific discipline.

Some research projects may require registration with the General Optical Council (GOC) in the UK.

Graduates from the following areas of study would also be considered:

Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Healthcare Sciences, Medical Sciences, Engineering

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.


Academic contact(s)


Dr Tony Redmond

Senior Lecturer, Director of Postgraduate Research

+44(0)29 2087 0564


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