MSc Clinical Visual Science.
Why did you choose your postgraduate course?
I wanted to expand my knowledge in optometry for the betterment of my patient care and for my own personal development. I felt the content and format of the MSc Clinical Visual Science programme was both interesting and achievable for the working optometrist. I was particularly impressed that this MSc programme was presented entirely by distance learning with no needed to attend the campus in Coleraine. For me this was a great advantage as I was able to continue working full time while studying and did not have to worry about organising time off work for lectures or exams.
Describe your experience of studying at Ulster in 3 words
Encouraging, Inspirational, Life-Changing.
How has your study/course helped you and your career?
Applying for the MSc in Clinical Visual Science was the best decision I ever made both personally and professionally. I really enjoyed each challenge the course presented. I obtained a great deal of satisfaction from doing well in my assessments and from the encouraging words of my lecturers. I found that with each assessment I passed my own confidence and determination increased. Since completing my MSc I am an now a director of my own optometry practice and have a special interest in paediatric optometry following the modules and research I completed as part of my MSc in Clinical Visual Science. I also have the opportunity to present my MSc research in Europe this Summer as a result.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone considering going back to university?
Make sure you like the content of the course. It will be a big part of your life for 1-2 years and it will make things easier if you enjoy what you are studying.
Would you recommend studying at Ulster?