Learn at the cutting edge of optometry. We continually update our courses in line with the constantly evolving role of the optometrist. Start to examine patients from Year 1 and benefit from our strong links with neighbouring Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, one of the most prestigious eye teaching hospitals in Europe.
Employability and careers
Get ready for a successful career as a clinical optometrist, or set the wheels in motion for an alternative career in the optical industry or as a researcher. 98% of our students are in work or further study within six months.
“I always saw myself working solely in a community practice but during my pre-reg year I found myself really enjoying the hospital side and it gave me the motivation to say this is what I really want to do with my career”Patrick Gunn / BSc Optometry
Our four year undergraduate MSci course option is recognised by the General Optical Council as a fully-registerable qualification where successful students do not need to undertake the pre-registration year. This allows students to graduate with a Master in Science degree and be fully qualified to practice after four years.
You’ll spend your fourth year doing two five-month placements in a hospital and/or a leading independent practice, before taking qualifying examinations to gain full registration with the General Optical Council. You’ll also complete a research project on a subject of your choice.
"The heavy emphasis on hospital and independent practice experience was really attractive. Not only do you get to work alongside very experienced optometrists, the supervisors of each of the placements are also leaders in the profession and I thought it would be a privilege to train under them."Joseph Ong / MSci Optometry
Personal and professional development
Throughout the course you’ll attend small-group sessions to help you develop transferable skills to support your learning and become familiar with the profession of optometry in the UK and abroad, giving you the best opportunity to become a well-developed practitioner of the future.
You’ll be taught by research and clinical leaders in optometry. Our internationally recognised research focuses on optics and refraction, the cornea, tear film, low vision, visual psychophysics and includes Eurolens Research, a world-renowned facility which undertakes research for the optical industry.
You will learn in purpose-built facilities that include a dispensary, bespoke optometric examination rooms, numerous dedicated specialist clinic rooms and dedicated laboratories for non-clinical practical sessions.
Clinical and practical experience
You’ll begin to apply your knowledge with patient interaction from your very first year. The amount of time dedicated to clinical practice will then increase as you progress through the course.
- 30% of time in a practical/clinical environment.
- Learn the basics of anatomy, geometric and physical optics and visual perception.
- Learn the basics of clinical subjects such as optometric examination and dispensing.
- Practise with patients from Semester 2 of your first year.
- Personal and professional development: ready to study.
- 50% of time in a practical/clinical environment.
- Hone your skills in ocular examination and dispensing and learn about visual optics, psychophysics, vision in the real world and ocular health.
- Increase your clinical knowledge with subjects such as contact lenses, pharmacology, binocular vision, and instrumentation, vision in the real world and ocular disease.
- Do a one-week placement at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
- Personal and professional development: ready to interview.
- 70% of time in a practical/clinical environment.
- See patients at regular specialist clinics at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.
- Continue to build your knowledge in contact lenses, ocular disease, binocular vision, pharmacology, low vision and the latest developments in the profession.
- Become an optometrist who uses the latest scientific evidence when treating their patients.
- Personal and professional development: ready to practice.
- 100% of time in a practical/clinical environment.
- Complete two five-month placements in a hospital and/or a leading independent practice.
- Complete a research project while on clinical placement, and present case records to show the full range of your skills.
- Complete the only fully registerable degree in the UK.
- Personal and professional development: ready to qualify.
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Taught master's in optometry
Our ophthalmology master's course is ideal if you want to expand your professional knowledge of the field as a current ophthalmologist, optometrist, orthoptist or nurse, or if you want to enter a related research or academic career.
For our undergraduate degree with integrated master's, see the MSci Optometry course.
Previous students have gone on to further study in the areas of cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging.
Learn from some of Europe's leading researchers while undertaking your own bespoke project.
You’ll also undertake training in transferable skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals through our Doctoral Academy training programme.