3 years
September 2024

Are you working within the optical industry and want to gain a qualification in Optometry? Our three-year Master’s in Optometry is an ideal option. The course allows you to integrate learning from your on-campus study into your clinical practice.

Why study with us

  • Gain real-world skills in our specialist dispensing and optometry pre-clinical lab.
  • Our on-campus Eye Health Clinic is the student-led equivalent of a high street optical practice. The clinic meets the eyecare needs of members of the public.
  • Throughout the course, you'll complete GOC required placement hours, culminating in the final-year Clinical Learning in Practice placement. This is facilitated by the College of Optometrists in partnership with the university.

Important application information

  • This course is only available to UK students.
  • The application deadline for September 2024 entry is Friday 31 May 2024.
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Study in our optometry course facilities
Study in our optometry course facilities

What you'll do

  • We arrange specialist clinical experience, such as hospital ophthalmology observations. We work with partners such as East Lancashire Hospital Trust.
  • On-campus block sessions include guest lectures by industry colleagues. Topics include specialist contact lenses and getting a good image using an OCT.
  • You'll work with volunteer patients who form a part of the general communication skills teaching resources as well as volunteers from visual impairment charities.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Academic expertise

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Rupal Lovell-Patel
Academic Lead - Vision Sciences
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Rupal is the Academic Lead for Vision Sciences at the University, she is a registered Optometrist committed to raising the standards of professional practice and education within the optometric community. After graduating from University of Bradford and undertaking registration …

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Marie-Laure Orr
Senior Lecturer, Course Leader
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Marie-Laure teaches across a range of subjects in all modules of the current MSc Optometry programme. Marie's favourite part about the role is tutoring students, in particular seeing their progress.


  • This course is accredited by the General Optical Council (Provisional Approval). They are the regulator for optical professions in the UK and set standards for optical education and training, performance and conduct. Whilst under provisional approval, students recruited on to the programme are not guaranteed entry to the GOC Register and may be required to undertake additional assessments through an alternative GOC approved education provider in the event that any aspect of the programme when delivered does not satisfy the GOC standards. You will need to be registered them throughout the duration of your studies.

Future careers in optometry

As a registered optometrist, you'll have the opportunity to be self-employed or work in a primary care or hospital setting.

Fees and funding

Full-time£10,000 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Medicine and Dentistry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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