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Optometry and Visual Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
The Optometry and Visual Science programme offered by the University College of Southeast Norway will give people with a BSc in optometry specialist competency in clinical optometry and visual science. You can choose to specialize in general practice optometry or in orthoptics and paediatric optometry. 


The Optometry and Visual Science programme is offered by the University College of Southeast Norway. The MSc programme is designed with an optometrist’s existing and expected challenges in eye and visual health in mind. There will be a requirement for optometrists with special competencies in diagnosing and management of visual problems in children. With an increasing proportion of elderly within the population, there will also be greater needs for optometrists to follow up ocular and visual anomalies in adults and the elderly, and detect ocular pathology. You can therefore choose between two specializations:

  • Orthoptics and paediatric optometry
  • General practice optometry

Why study Optometry and Visual Science at University College of Southeast Norway?

The MSc degree will enable you to cooperate with other health professions in the following up of ocular and visual function within your chosen specialization. The skills and competencies gained through the degree course will allow you to step into an extended clinical role in eye and vision care, particularly within your chosen specialization.

Specialization in orthoptics and paediatric optometry gives competency to examine and manage children, young people and adults, with various visual problems. This includes competency to perform extended evaluation of visual function and management in the form of visual training in children, young people and adults with different motor-, neurological and perceptual anomalies of vision.

There is a requirement for increased knowledge in orthoptics and paediatric optometry in private optometric and ophthalmic practice in the whole country, and within public eye care services in hospital eye departments and at Statped’s departments for people with special needs related to visual impairment. You could establish your own specialist private practice, where you may offer evaluation of visual function and visual training in cooperation with other health care professions, nursery/school, adult learning institutions and the local educational and psychological services to optimize each individual’s visual situation.

Specialization in general practice optometry gives competency to examine and be prepared to manage uncomplicated pathology of the anterior segment of the eye, and to communicate and cooperate with other professionals regarding the examination and follow up after treatment of uncomplicated ocular conditions related AMD, glaucoma and diabetic eye disease. This specialization also gives competency in visual ergonomics and occupational optometry.

There is a requirement for increased knowledge in general practice optometry in private practice all over the country, and within the public eye care services in hospital eye departments. You could establish your own specialist private practice, where you may offer evaluation of ocular health and visual function in cooperation with other health care professions by following up specific pathology of the posterior segment of the eye and uncomplicated pathology of the anterior segment of the eye. There also an increasing need for assessment of visual ergonomics and fitting and supply of optometric solutions for different professions to optimize the visual environment for people in employment with common and special needs.

Completion of the MSc course in optometry and visual science, will provide you with competency to contribute to development of the profession through research based professional practice. This includes the opportunity to apply for research positions in colleges and universities.

Gain international experience

There are possibilities for exchange to cooperating institutions in the United Kingdom and Australia. Taking part of the degree programme abroad will give you the opportunity to broaden your international competency and adaptability, and that will make you even more attractive to prospective employers. Read more about your opportunities here.

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Exemption from parts of the programme

Applicants who have already completed continuing education courses in occupational optometry, contact lens specialization, or paediatric optometry and orthoptics, or who have other relevant qualifications at MSc level or higher, may apply for recognition for the courses undertaken and exemption from parts of the MSc programme. Applications will be evaluated individually.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Contact Lenses  
  • Clinical optometrical Practice for authorized Optometrists  
  • Research Methods and Ethics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • BSc in optometry or equivalent, basic competency in contact lens fitting and competency in the use of diagnostic drugs equivalent to the requirements for authorization of optometrists in Norway.
  • Applicants with educational background from Norway must have authorization to practice optometry in Norway.
  • Average grade of C or better.
Other documents:
  • Program descriptions/course descriptions and Learning outcome for your bachelor degree
  • Authorization to practice optometry in your home country (copy of license)
  • Documents that verify use of diagnostic drugs (copy of legislation)
  • Documents that verify prescribing and fitting of contact lenses
  • Work experience in optometry

        Tuition Fee

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        Living costs for Kongsberg

        • 7000 - 10000 NOK/month
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