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Aims, characteristics and academic planning

Graduates in Optics (any curriculum) and in Optics and Optometry qualify for direct admission to the master’s degree.

1. Aims

The main aim of the master’s degree is to produce opticians and optometrists with a high level of academic training that will facilitate their career advancement. The master’s degree builds on and extends knowledge and skills linked to the bachelor’s degree (introducing students to research, specialisation in the areas covered by the degree, contribution to closely related areas, etc.), enabling students to pursue high-level academic careers and providing them with a postgraduate qualification that allows them to move beyond basic professional practice and play a leadership role in generating knowledge in the field. Graduates will be able to add value to the optometric profession and will be prepared to pursue further training at the doctoral level.

Today, the optometric profession is advancing hand-in-hand with related sciences, including optics, ophthalmology, pharmacology and neuroscience, among others. Students therefore need multidisciplinary training that will enable them to understand advances in the profession so that they can apply new techniques and readily adapt to future developments.


2. Characteristics of the curriculum

The course comprises 60 ECTS credits (30 per semester), which include compulsory subjects, a block of optional credits and a master's thesis, as shown in the following table:

 

Module Subject No. of credits ECTS
Compulsory credits  Applied Optics and Vision Research Methods (9 ECTS credits) 30
Clinical Optometry (12 ECTS credits)
Vision and Biomedical Sciences (9 ECTS credits)

Optional credits*

Optional subjects

18
External academic placements 

Master’s thesis

Master’s Thesis

12

TOTAL

60

The master’s degree curriculum includes 18 optional credits. Students may earn these credits as follows:

  • 6 optional subjects
  • 6 credits for an external academic placement and 4 optional subjects
  • 12 credits for an external academic placement and 2 optional subjects
  • 12 credits for external academic placements and 6 credits recognised for work and professional experience (1,600 hours of work)
  • 6 credits recognised for work and professional experience (1,600 hours of work) and 4 optional subjects
  • 9 credits recognised for work and professional experience (2,400 hours of work) and 3 optional subjects

3. Academic planning

  • Type: face-to-face
  •  Mode of study: full- or part-time
  • Language of instruction: Spanish

 

Semester
(including exam period)

Classes
(theory + placements)
Office hours
First semester (September–January) 2–3 days/week Mornings
Second semester (February–June) 2–3 days/week

Information on timetables will be published in the calendar and timetable section of the website.