The core program consists of two program years of required courses and two extended clinical practica. Together with supervised thesis work the Master's Program typically takes three years to finish, with an upper limit of five years. Students pay two years (six terms) full time fees and a thesis continuation fee is charged each term after the two years.

Course list:

  • VISC 5010.03: Fundamentals of Vision Science: Afferent System
  • VISC 5011.03: Fundamentals of Vision Science: Efferent System
  • VISC 5020.03: Physical and Visual Optics
  • VISC 5031.03: Introduction to Research Theory and Practice for Vision Sciences
  • VISC 5040.03: Neuropharmacology for Vision Science: Basic Concepts and Therapeutics
  • VISC 5200.06: Practicum I
  • VISC 5210.03: Clinical Foundations of Ophthalmic Medical Technology
  • VISC 5211.03: Clinical Foundations of Orthoptics
  • VISC 5222.06: Advanced Ophthalmic Technology for Clinical Vision Science
  • VISC 5230.03: Extraocular Motility Disorders
  • VISC 5240.03: Therapeutic and Psychosocial Aspects of Low Vision
  • VISC 5300.06: Practicum II
  • VISC 5310.03: Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
  • VISC 5330.03: Treatment of Ocular Motility Disorders
  • VISC 5340.03: Treatment of Visual Disorders
  • VISC 5350.03: Topics in Vision Care
  • VISC 9000: MSc Thesis
  • IPHE 5900: Interprofessional Health Education

MSc Thesis - N/A for Graduate Diploma in Orthoptics and Ophthalmic Medical Technology.

Interprofessional Health Education

Clinical Vision Science students are required to maintain enrolment in IPHE 5900 during their academic studies. Successful completion of this course will be recognized by the Faculty of Health with the awarding of a special Certificate in Interprofessional Collaboration.

Practicum/Fieldwork Placements outside Halifax

Students are advised that they may have to do some of their required clinical education/fieldwork at sites outside Halifax, and hence may have to incur additional personal expenses for travel and temporary accommodation.