Degree to be achieved: Professional Master Degree in Clinical Optometry, qualification “Optometrist”
Duration of studies: Full-time (2 year) or Part-time (2,5 years)
Type of studies: Full-time or Part-time
Amount of credits: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Director of the Programme: Doc. Aiga Švede
The professional Master's programme Optometry (Clinical) offers multidisciplinary studies based on visual science and contemporary primary vision care. The professional qualification of the graduates meets the professional standard Optometrist and is equivalent to that received in the UK, USA and Norway.
Students of the programme acquire both professional skills in primary vision care (optometry) and academic knowledge in vision science, which allows them to enrol in the doctoral programme.
The syllabus consists of professional (clinical) and scientific (experimental) subjects related to the evaluation, research and understanding of the human visual system. The programme includes the following: practical training (33%), medicine and physiology of vision (35%) and courses in the natural sciences and psychology.
The study programme (80 credit points) contains compulsory (part A), optional (part B), and practical courses. The practical training (internship) accounts for 26 credit points. Part A (66 credit points) includes specialisation courses: general medicine in optometry, eye diseases and pharmacotherapy, contact correction, visual perception models, as well as a state examination and Master's thesis. Part B (14 credit points) contains clinical and experimental courses in optometry. The state examination accounts for two credit points and consists of a theoretical knowledge test in optometry and a practical examination in the evaluation of the patient's visual function and vision correction. The elaboration and defence of the Master’s thesis is worth 20 credit points.
Full-time Master's Degree Programme Optometry
1. Bachelor degree of Natural sciences in Optometry, or Bachelor degree in any related fields, where studies comprised mandatory courses in optometry. Applicants which do not hold a Bachelor degree in Optometry are obligated to take preparatory courses in amount of 24 credit points (36 ECTS);
Admission requirements for citizens of India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan:
1. Results of one of the internationally recognized tests (IELTS, TOEFL etc.) at least level B2 at CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or passed UL English Test;
2. Skype interview which includes questions about motivation.
Autumn Intake (application start: 1 Jan 2019; studies start in Sept 2019)
Contact person for more information
Director of the Programme
Doc. Aiga Švede
Faculty of Physics and Mathematics
1 Jelgavas Street, Riga
Coordinator of the Programme