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General facts about the Master’s degree

    1. Objectives

      The main goal of the Master’s degree is to provide optometrists with the academic level to allow them to advance in their career. This degree, in which the knowledge, skills and competencies gained during the BSc are broadened and complemented with others (research methods, specialization in particular areas, expansion to adjacent fields of study), results in highly qualified professionals with postgraduate expertise capable of being considered skilled practitioners and opinion and knowledge generation leaders. These professionals shall be able to provide added value to the optometry field and to continue their studies towards a PhD degree.

       

      Nowadays, the optometric field moves forward hand in hand with other related areas in science such as optics, ophthalmology, pharmacology, neuroscience, etc. It is therefore paramount that students enrolled in the Master’s degree are provided with the adequate multidisciplinary training to allow them to fully comprehend and take advantage of the last innovations in their line of work and to easily adapt to future developments.

       

       

        2. Curricular layout

          The course consists in 60 ECTS (30 ECTS per term) and is organized in a compulsory module, an elective module and a Master’s Degree Project (MDP), as summarized in the following table:

           

           

          Module Topic ECTS
          Compulsory  
          Applied Optics and Research Methods in Vision (9 ECTS) 30
          Clinical Optometry (12 ECTS)
          Vision and Biomedical Sciences (9 ECTS)
          Elective*
          Elective topics
          18
          Work-placement/internship

          MDP

          Master’s Degree Project (MDP)

          12

          TOTAL

          60

           

           

           

          *Within the elective module, students may spend the allocated 18 ECTS in elective subjects, work-placement/internship in health centres, and  accredited by work experience.


          Indeed, work-placement/internship, which takes place outside the allocated study hours, will preferably be carried out in the ophthalmology department of health centres and in ophthalmology and optometry clinics.

           

            3. Course duration

               

              Full-time: two terms (one academic year). It is possible to follow a part-time course.

               

               

                4. Learning modality

                   

                  • Type: Blended learning modality, including online work and face-to-face lectures and practical sessions.

                   

                  • Dedication:
                  Term
                  (including exam weeks)

                  Lectures

                  (theory + practical sessions)
                  Time
                  Autumn (September-January) 2 days/week
                  Mornings

                  Spring (February-June) 1 day/week

                  Schedule details may be found in the Studies area of the faculty web-page.

                   

                   

                  • Language: Lectures are in Catalan or Spanish according to the language proficiency and background of students. Some study resources in English are provided.

                   

                   

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