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Optometry MOptom

2024-25 (also available for 2025-26)

It’s not too late to apply for September.
It’s not too late to apply for September.

Start date

16 September 2024


4 years full-time

Entry requirements

A Level - AAB


See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)


About the course

Reasons to study

  1. This course is subject to approval by the General Optical Council.
  2. Gain relevant real-world experience at our on-campus, state-of-the-art eye clinic and complete your final year placement working in modern optometry practice(s).
  3. Develop your clinical skills in our modern, fully equipped optometry laboratory.

Becoming an optometrist means you make an impact in the lives of the patients you treat every day. From performing sight exams to treating all sorts of vision-related problems, optometry is a rewarding healthcare professional career path – and it all starts with a well-rounded education.

The Optometry MOptom degree aims to give you the knowledge and practical skills to kickstart your career in optometry. Our small class sizes, emphasis on learning clinical skills from the first year, and brand-new optometry laboratory are all meant to support you as you study this course. You’ll learn about the science of the eye and the integral principles in optometry and vision sciences. In your first year you’ll be introduced to fundamental clinical techniques that will be the base for developing required optometric skills.

Why study Optometry MOptom

This course is subject to approval by the General Optical Council and is fully aligned with the new outcomes for optometry. In your third year you’ll be able to see patients at our joint venture eye clinic, University Valli Opticians, right here on campus. Away from campus, you’ll take part in placements in local hospital eye departments alongside NHS colleagues. In the final year of the MOptom, in collaboration with the College of Optometrists, you’ll be offered a placement working in practice. There you’ll develop your skills to enable you to graduate with the MOptom and register directly with the General Optical Council as an optometrist. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be ready to work in a variety of Optometry careers.

You could go on to:

  • Work in corporate or hospital optometry.
  • Create your own private independent practice as an optometrist.
  • Work in an optical industry (e.g., contact lens manufacturer, ophthalmic surgical equipment company).
  • Conduct vital research in optometry and the vision sciences.

Not quite ready to start on the Optometry MOptom degree? Successful completion of our Science Extended Degree will equip you with the foundational knowledge to prepare you for the Optometry MOptom course, with modules in biology, chemistry, maths and physics, and scientific investigations and science skills.

Please note: Successful completion of the Science Extended Degree does not guarantee you a place on the Optometry MOptom course.

Course detail

Core modules:

Human Body Systems

All the major organs of the body will be covered together with models of normal and abnormal bodily function. Emphasis will be directed to the concept of homeostasis and the integration of dynamic processes involved in the maintenance of health.

Clinical Skills 1

The module will introduce fundamental clinical techniques used in examination of the eye including measuring vision, refraction, ocular health assessment and history taking. Initial elements of the module will introduce you to the ethical principles that underpin Optometry as a healthcare profession. The professional development element of the module will encourage you to explore issues of lifelong learning, reflective practice and continuing professional development that underpin the essential skills needed in order to meet registration requirements in Optometry.

Ocular Anatomy and Physiology

This module covers the fundamental anatomy and physiology of the eye with an aim to build a theoretical grounding which may be applied to concurrent modules on the course. You'll be required to apply knowledge from Human Body Systems to various aspects of this module. The module will focus on various ocular structures (including the cornea, lens, retina) and ocular adnexa (including eyelids and extraocular muscles). You'll study these structures in detail and consider how anatomical structure links to function. You'll also begin to consider age-related changes and ocular pathologies.

Ophthalmic Lenses and Dispensing

You'll have the opportunity to understand the principles of Ophthalmic lenses and frames to interpret refraction and be able to dispense appropriate and suitable spectacles to a patient. The principles of refraction are introduced with respect to single vision lenses, bifocal, and progressive powered lenses, with further analysis of lens aberrations, lens design, treatments and tinting of lenses. Frame materials, measurements, special optical appliances, paediatric and complex dispensing are covered, as well as legal aspects, quality control, and standards for dispensing spectacles.

Science of Visual Perception

This module will build on knowledge gained from the concurrent modules on Ocular Anatomy and Physiology and Human Body Systems to develop an understanding of how ocular and neural structures contribute to basic functions of vision science that underlie visual perception. You'll study the mechanisms of spatial, temporal and colour vision to understand how these support normal and sub-normal visual perception.

Visual Optics

This module will consider the physics of light, moving from basic light as a ‘ray’ optical properties such as reflection and refraction, lenses, mirrors and prisms through to ‘light as a wave’ optics and diffraction, interference and polarisation. This module provides the foundation for an understanding of visual optics and the mechanics of optical instruments and will use examples from these areas to show application of the principles on human eye.

Entry requirements

AABat A Level which should include two of the following Science subjects, Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, plus a third A Level in another subject excluding General Studies. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course.

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science combined with a Science A Level in Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, minimum grade B. Or DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care combined with a Science A Level in Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry, minimum grade B. The endorsement for practical work is an essential part of Science A Level study, and is a requirement for entry to our degree course. Applicants undertaking a BTEC without an additional A Level may be considered for the Science Extended Degree leading to a BSc(Hons) Degree entry route.

An offer will be influenced by the subjects you are studying, your personal statement and your predicted grades.

T Levels will be judged on an individual basis but are required to be in the Healthcare Science area with an occupational specialism in Optical Care Services. GCSE subjects and grades will be considered in addition to the T Level. An additional A Level at a minimum of grade B in one of the following science subjects, Mathematics, Physics, Biology or Chemistry is also required.

Alternatively, a First degree in a relevant Science subject (Orthoptics, Ophthalmic Dispensing, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biomedical Science, Pharmacology, Mathematics, Physics) at a minimum grade of a 1st.

If you are a registered Dispensing Optician wishing to apply you must have met the ABDO qualification (or equivalent) at 65% or better and have obtained a higher specialist certificate either in low vision or contact lens practice. For those with a contact lens specialism they must also be a registered contact lens optician. Proof of registration with the General Optical Council is also required.

If you do not have the appropriate qualifications for direct entry onto the Optometry BSc(Hons), you may be able to apply to our Science Extended Degree (BCF0). Progression onto Optometry is dependent on meeting stringent performance levels in the Science Extended Degree. You must pass all modules with an overall pass mark of at least 70 per cent. Plus at least 70 per cent in the Chemistry module and 70 per cent in the Maths and Physics module. You may also undertake an interview with the Optometry admissions staff.

Other suitable qualifications or experience may be considered. Please contact the Admissions Office.

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check takes place as part of enrolment, this is a compulsory requirement for entry onto this course. As part of this check you are required to have your identification documents verified by the Post Office. There is a charge for this, payable at the point of verification at the Post Office, which you are required to pay (usually around £10). The University will pay for the full DBS check, you are not required to pay for this. Relevant offences disclosed by the DBS will be taken into account regarding your suitability to undertake this course. You will be required to sign a self-declaration at the start of each year and at the end of the course. All police contact during the course must be reported to the course leader as a matter of urgency and may lead to suspension or termination. Once your place is confirmed, you will be required to complete a health check questionnaire. If you have not completed courses of all relevant vaccinations you will be advised to do so. Occasionally these may be chargeable by your doctor. If there are any further medical reports required you may incur additional costs.

Please note that placement providers for this course may require you to have received a number of vaccinations, unless medically exempt, and provide evidence of these. As a student on a course with a clinical or healthcare placement, we strongly recommend that you complete any courses of vaccinations required under current guidelines for your future profession. Failure to do so may result in your inability to undertake a placement in certain clinical settings, therefore impacting upon your academic progression, and may result in academic failure of your course.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our International Entry Requirements page. If you have alternative qualifications or do not meet the IELTS requirement we also offer a range of Pre-Sessional English Programmes.

For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.


On our Optometry MOptom course you will benefit from attending a placement during your final year. The placement provides real-world experience and gives you the opportunity to work with other professional colleagues. Placements will be awarded on an application basis administrated by The College of Optometrists; however placements can be nationwide and we cannot guarantee a location. The final year placement may come with relocation costs, rental in the location and transport to the placement for the period (a minimum of 44 weeks). This is a paid placement, of 30 hours per week.

This Optometry MOptom is a new course, however previous students from the Optometry BSc(Hons) course have undertaken placements with Specsavers, Boots Opticians, Vision Express among others.

Your career

Optometry is a regulated profession requiring registration with and adherence to the General Optical Council registration requirements. Registration will require completing the placement.

You can find out more about careers in Optometry on the College of Optometrists website and registration requirements from the General Optical Council.

As a graduate of this course you may work in corporate optometry, in private independent practice, where you could start your own business, in hospital optometry working with other ophthalmic colleagues, in consultancy, and professional affairs roles, training up optometrists in new equipment, medical devices and medications/supplements or in research and teaching.

This Optometry MOptom is a new course and therefore no graduates as yet, however previous graduates from the Optometry BSc(Hons) course have gone on to work in roles such as resident optometrists at Boots Opticians, Vision Express, and SpecSavers.

*91% of graduates from this subject area were in work or further study 15 months after graduation (HESA Graduate Outcomes 20/21, UK Domiciled).

91% Graduates employed*

Student support

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Changes to a course you have applied for

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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