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BSc (Hons)

Ophthalmic Dispensing

2 years
September 2024

Our BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing is a unique, two-year fast-track programme for those in the industry who want to gain qualifications while working.

Why study with us

  • A fast-track format means you start your pre-registration in your last year and you could be a registered dispensing optician within two years of starting the course.
  • You’ll have access to our brand new purpose-built vision sciences facilities including specialist dispensing and refraction labs.
  • 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.

Important application information

  • This course is only available to UK students.
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A patient trying on a new pair of glasses in the Eye Clinic
A patient trying on a new pair of glasses in the Eye Clinic

What you’ll do

  • You’ll be taught by experienced practitioners and visiting clinicians who help supervise and facilitate specific aspects of the programme.
  • Gain experience with volunteer patients, from visual impairment charities, who are part of the programme too.
  • You’ll be able to visit large scale glazing labs and you'll have access to specialist labs such as the Dispensing and Optometry Pre-Clinical space.


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

Rupal Lovell-Patel
Academic Lead - Vision Sciences
Peter Black
Senior Lecturer
Haleema Younas
Lecturer in Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing


What can I do with a ophthalmic dispensing degree?

As a registered dispensing optician, with a BSc in Ophthalmic Dispensing, you could start your own business, work in a primary care or hospital setting or high street optical practice.

Fees and funding

Full-time£11,100 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

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

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


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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