BSc (Hons)

Ophthalmic Dispensing

2 Years
September 2024
Campus Taught

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.
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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.


You'll study the core modules below across two years. OP1001: Year 1 (semester one and two). OP2001: Year 1 (semester three) and Year 2 (semester one). OP3001: Year 2 (semester two and three).

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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Peter Black
Senior Lecturer
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Peter Black (MBA, FBDO, FEAOO, PGCAP, FHEA) is a registered dispensing optician, senior lecturer and course lead for BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing (Accelerated). He is Past President of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and a member of the General Optical Council…


  • This course is accredited by the General Optical Council. They are the regulator for optical professions in the UK and set standards for optical education and training, performance and conduct. You will need to be registered them throughout the duration of your studies.

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.

  • Care Leaver Bursary

    Our Care Leaver Bursary is for students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Care Leaver Bursary
  • Estranged student support

    Estranged Student Support Bursary is for students who need extra support because they are estranged from their parents.

    Find out more about Estranged student support
  • Dependants Bursary

    Students with financially dependent children may be eligible for our Dependants Bursary as part of our financial support package. 

    Find out more about Dependants Bursary
  • Contextualised Admissions Bursary

    We recognise that the last two years have been very challenging for young people and learning has been impacted. To help support students eligible for a contextualised offer we are offering a bursary of £250 in their first year of study.

    Find out more about Contextualised Admissions Bursary

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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