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Professional Higher Certificate in Glaucoma


Attendance mode

Start date(s)
September, January

3 months

Distance learning

UK students can apply

Entry requirements

Applicants must be General Optical Council registered optometrists or other registered health professional and hold the College of Optometrists Professional Certificate in Glaucoma.

Students enrolling on this course must have arranged a placement in a hospital glaucoma clinic under the mentorship of a consultant ophthalmologist. The placement must enable the student to gain experience of at least 150 cases. As a minimum guideline, one session (half day) per week for 6 months is recommended. This placement may commence any time after the initial practical workshop, though we highly recommend students complete as much of the taught component of the course as possible before commencing the placement.

Applicants must provide details of a suitable clinical placement upon application using the form provided in the apply section above.

A limited number of placements are available through partnerships with the MDT Eye Academy at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and with York Teaching Hospital. Please see the linked attachments for details of how to apply directly for these:

Learning and assessment

This course is delivered by distance learning, a practical workshop at the university and a clinical placement.

Assessment is via written examination, practical station examination and assessment of clinical logbooks.

Study support

Every student is assigned an individual member of academic staff from the School of Optometry and Vision Science as a Personal Academic Tutor, whose main roles are :

  • To monitor students’ progress through the degree programme
  • To provide references
  • To act as students’ representative at examination boards
  • To act as a contact point should a student have any personal problems for which they need advice or support


The School of Optometry and Vision Science research group takes a multi-disciplinary approach to investigating vision and visual perception. This research informs our teaching, ensuring you are learning the very latest techniques and best practice.

The group continues to build on over 35 years of vision research at the University of Bradford. Current research embraces a broad range of disciplines including ophthalmology, optics, ocular imaging, machine vision, psychophysics, biomechanics and visual neuroscience. Our aim is to further our understanding of the basic mechanisms of human vision in health and disease, as well as the functional consequences of visual loss. In pursuing this aim we have prioritised a strong translational research dimension and have developed an excellent track record of applying basic research to address clinical problems.

The group has achieved a diversity that is naturally collaborative and multi-disciplinary, working with optometrists, ophthalmologists, orthoptists, medical engineers, physicists, psychologists and neuroscientists at local, regional, national and international levels.

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This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.