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General information on the master's degree

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences

Master's degree in Optometry and Vision Sciences allows you to specialise professionally in areas of optics and optometry such as the cornea and contact lenses, paediatric optometry, geriatric optometry, visual therapies, low vision and optometric aspects of refractive surgery. External work placement at public and private health centres offers added value to those who wish to practise as opticians and optometrists and qualifies them to carry out research in vision sciences and applied clinical research. It enables students to improve their applied clinical skills and prepares them for research in the field of vision sciences.

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Introduction

Duration and start date
One academic year, 60 ECTS credits. Starting September-October
Timetable and delivery
Mornings. Blended learning
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding academic fees and degree certificate fee, €3,147 (€4,720 for non-EU residents).
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Language of instruction
Spanish
Location

This master’s degree is organised by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. It is taught at the Terrassa School of Optics and Optometry, in collaboration with public and private health centres where students carry out work placement.

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register

Admission

General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Admission criteria

The admission criteria are as follows:

  • The weighting of the candidate's academic record (60%)
  • The candidate's professional experience and the suitability of the candidate's prior learning (30%)
  • Languages skills (10%)

If you wish to know whether you meet the conditions for admission, submit scanned copies of the following documents on the pre-enrolment website:

  1. A brief academic and professional CV.
  2. Your academic qualification. If you do not yet have this document in your possession you may scan and submit the provisional degree certificate. In any event, you will have to present the original degree certificate or provisional degree certificate when you enrol.
  3. The official transcript(*) issued by your university, which must feature the average weighted mark of the student record on a scale from 1 to 10. If you have not yet completed your degree when you pre-enrol, the transcript must state the subjects you have taken and passed up to that moment. If no supporting documents are provided, a standard mark of 5 will be assigned to the average weighted mark.

(*) If you took your degree at the Terrassa School of Optics and Optometry, all you need to do is state this fact and you will not be required to submit your transcript.

Places
27
Pre-enrolment
Pre-enrolment period open.
How to pre-enrol
Enrolment
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

This master's degree extends and reinforces the professional competencies of opticians and optometrists in the areas of specialisation.

The career opportunities of the master's degree in Optics and Optometry may include the following:

  • Technical supervision of opticians' shops and work as an optician/optometrist in public or private healthcare centres (general practice, ophthalmology services, ophthalmology surgeries or clinics, and optometric offices).
  • Research in public and private centres and institutions.
Competencies

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Generic competences

On completion of the master's degree, graduates will have acquired the following generic competences:

  • They will have learnt the foundations and optical techniques on which advanced assessment of visual function rests and recent advances in the instruments used in the field of vision. They will have acquired specialist knowledge of the operational principles of devices and developments in engineering and the scope of their application.
  • They will have assimilated and learnt to follow the necessary vision research methods in clinical and laboratory settings.
  • They will have acquired advanced knowledge and specific criteria for clinical intervention for assessment, differential diagnosis and treatment of visual and eye conditions in the optometric field. This enables them to specialise in clinical areas of visual care.
  • They will be familiar with the characteristics of the components and determinants involved in public health, particularly primary and specialised healthcare.
  • They will be able to use their knowledge of visual conditions stemming from systemic and neurological diseases, ocular adnexa disorders, refractive and ocular surgical procedures and their indications and contraindications, and patient monitoring procedures.
  • They will be capable of implementing their knowledge of pharmacovigilance and criteria for clinical intervention in clinical healthcare practice.
  • They will have obtained a thorough knowledge of visual perception (spatial, temporal, colour and movement vision) and binocular perception.

Specific competences

On completion of the master's degree, graduates will have acquired the following specific competences:

  • They will have acquired the specialised clinical skills needed for the provision of care for specific populations.
  • They will have acquired the knowledge necessary for pre- and post-surgery optometric management of refractive and eye surgery patients.
  • They will be able to carry out optometric monitoring of patients with visual conditions and functional implications caused by ocular, systemic and neurological diseases.
  • They will be able to identify the impact of systemic and neurological diseases on the eye.
  • They will be able to identify the impact of disorders and diseases of the surrounding structures on the eye.
  • They will be familiar with procedures for the most common types of eye surgery, including refractive surgery.
  • They will know the indications and contraindications of these procedures and visual aspects of post-surgery monitoring and control.
  • They will be able to identify mechanisms of action and tissue and eye involvement in the main adverse visual reactions.
  • They will know the potential clinical applications of these mechanisms.
  • They will understand the latest advances in visual neuroscience.
  • They will be able to apply optical principles of operation and determine the range of use and limitations of instruments used in optometric practice, ophthalmology and advanced eye surgery.
  • They will understand and be able to apply the optical metrics used to assess visual function, incorporating recent advances based on the measurement of the wave front, the characterisation of aberrations and quality metrics.
  • They will be able to apply the methodology and procedures of scientific research in the field of vision.
  • They will understand the behaviour and be able to list the risk factors related to the presentation of different visual dysfunctions in the population, as well as understanding the use of epidemiological techniques in their research.
  • They will be able to apply the rules of ethics in scientific studies of living beings, rules which are especially relevant to the design and execution of clinical trials.
  • They will have specialised in one of the subject areas of the master's degree.
  • They will have applied and complemented their prior learning.
  • They will have put their skills to the test in a real working environment.
  • They will have received advice on transition into work.
  • They will have acquired entrepreneurial skills.
  • They will have integrated the competencies acquired during the master's degree and have had them assessed.

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