Optometry

Our undergraduate (Ophthalmic Dispensing) and postgraduate (Optometry) vision sciences courses have been designed for employees working in the optical industry and are delivered through a blended learning format so you can gain qualifications whilst working.

We also offer short courses or modules for qualified professionals in search of further academic qualifications in areas such as leadership or clinical education that can lead to a full postgraduate award. The blended learning format means that knowledge is delivered online and there will be several week-long residential on-campus “blocks” to embed learning into clinical and practical skills throughout each year.

Why choose us?

  • Our vision sciences programmes are both accredited by the General Optical Council.

  • We are the first university to offer a blended learning format to teach MSc Optometry.

  • You will have the opportunity to learn within our on-campus Eye Health Clinic, equivalent to a high street practice and open to members of the public, as well opportunities to support volunteer patients from visual impairment charities such as Galloways.
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What can I do with an Optometry degree?

Registered Dispensing Opticians or Optometrists develop various career paths. From starting a business to working in primary care settings and hospitals. You could go on undertake research or specialize further, for example in paediatrics. With further studies, you could help in the development of new technologies and treatment options. 

Studying Optometry could lead to a future career as a:

  • Optician
  • Community, Corporate, Independent, Private and NHS Optometrist
  • Domiciliary Optometrist
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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.

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