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3 Years
September 2023
Campus Taught

If you are working within the optical industry and wish to follow a fast-track path to a master’s qualification while working, the three-year MSc Optometry is a good choice. Our blended learning format enables you to embed learning from the on-campus study blocks 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, meeting the eyecare needs of members of public.
  • Your last year combines the Optometry Scheme for Registration period with your master’s research project module (a dissertation on an area of your personal or professional interest).

Course subject to change

Please note that Optometry, MSc is being reapproved under the University’s normal cycle of review. As such, the course structure and content may be changed to enable the University to deliver a better quality of educational experience to students. Any changes as a result of the reapproval will be immediately included and highlighted in the course documentation and all students holding current offers will be provided with a comprehensive list of those changes. For further information please see our important information.

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What you'll do

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

Module overview

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


  • 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

As a registered Optometrist, you have the opportunity to start your own business or be self-employed, work in a primary care (high street optical practices) or hospital setting.  

Fees and funding

Full-time£10000 per year
Full-time£11,000 per year
Full-time£15,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

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This course is based in the School of Medicine located in the Faculty of Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

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

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