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Optometry and Visual Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
The Master of Science in Optometry and Visual Science at University of South-Eastern 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. You can choose to study full time or part time.


The Master of Science in Optometry and Visual Science at University of South-Eastern Norway  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

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Advanced Contact Lenses
  • Advanced ocular pathology 
  • Orthoptics and vision therapy
  • Visual Ergonomics

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General 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

Living costs for Kongsberg

  • 7000 - 10000 NOK/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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