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Professional Certificate in Glaucoma

Duration: One semester
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Life Sciences


The programme is based in the School of Optometry and Vision Science, which has continued to pioneer high-quality new developments in optometric education, and it is recognised both nationally and internationally for the excellence of its courses, graduates and research.  

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This module carries 20 credits at level 7, and is accredited for the Professional Certificate in Glaucoma for the College of Optometrists.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be a General Optical Council registered optometrist or from other registered allied Health Professions with an equivalent background.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Distance learning lectures:

  1. Classification, terminology and clinical features
  2. Epidemiology and risk factors
  3. Examination of the anterior segment
  4. Pachymetry
  5. Tonometry
  6. Visual fields
  7. Examination of the optic nerve head and retinal nerve fibre layer
  8. Differential diagnosis
  9. Detecting changes in clinical status
  10. Patient information and support
  11. Guidelines and landmark studies
  12. Clinical governance

Practical workshops:

  1. Binocular indirect biomicroscopy and optic nerve head assessment
  2. Contact tonometry
  3. Pachymetry
  4. Van Herick and introduction to gonioscopy 

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

The course is delivered by distance learning lectures, and a practical workshop at the university. Assessment is via written examination and a practical station-type examination.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Study Support

Every students 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

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


Course fees are £650 per annum.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

How do I find out more?

Contact the Faculty

Contact Professor Edward Mallen:

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

Please download and fill out the application form:

Scan and email completed application forms to:

Alternatively, return by post to:

Admissions Office
The Hub
University of Bradford
Richmond Road
West Yorkshire

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.