The Integrated Masters in Optometry (MSci Optometry) is a unique programme in the field of ophthalmic optics education as:
The course is a fast-track programme as within each calendar year, the teaching and learning will be delivered over three semesters meaning there are no long gaps between learning. It is a five-year programme with the last year combining the Optometry Scheme for Registration period along with the master’s research project module.
The blended learning format means that knowledge shall be delivered online and there will be several week-long residential on-campus “blocks” to embed learning into clinical and practical skills throughout each year.
All students will need to be registered with the General Optical Council as “student registrants” throughout the programme. In addition, as the routes to registration are facilitated by the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO) and the College of Optometrists, students must be registered with ABDO for the first three levels (Level 4-6) of the programme and with the College for all modules in Level 7.
"I currently live and work in Dunfermline, Fife in Scotland and for the past 15 years, I have worked for Specsavers Opticians. My current role is a Dispensing Optician, while I undertake my Masters with UCLan. The flexibility of this course with online material has been ideal, as someone who is part of an earning household with dependents, returning to University on a full time basis was something I would have been unable to do."
Full-time : Five years (Up to 4 weeks of residential weeklong blocks per semester)
Distance with attendance, Full-time
Please apply via our Online Application form
Preston (Campus code: U)
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
Must be employed within an optical practice and have a suitable mentor for all levels.
GCSE English, Science and Mathematics plus two others at a minimum grade C or grade 4 (standard pass) equivalent.
Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Optical Retail Skills + 1 year optical work experience + 5 GCSEs as above
SMCTech qualification + 5 GCSEs as above
A BSc degree (2:1 or better) in Ophthalmic Dispensing or registered Dispensing optician with one year post-registration experience along with passing the entrance exam.
Entry into other levels such as Level 5 and 7 will be subject to case by case review for APL. APL can be specific module credit or course/subject credit.
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This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.
It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.
This course is based in the School of Medicine
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.