Teaching and learning

For students on our undergraduate optometry courses, a range of teaching and learning methods are used to help you get to grips with both the theoretical and practical aspects of the profession.

Teaching and learning methods


These are delivered using technology such as PowerPoint, video and interactive voting. Our virtual learning environment provides learning resources on demand - such as discussion boards, lecture podcasts and quizzes - to enhance and support your lecture-based units.


You will have the opportunity to practice your clinical skills on real patients who attend the University's Vision Centre. Read a short diary from one of our students to find out what a day in clinic is like.


You will practice your practical skills, e.g. lens measurement and frame fitting, through sessions in our practical laboratories.

Personal and professional development sessions

Regular sessions with an advisor and a small group of students develop your oral and written communication, IT, teamworking and problem-solving skills while exploring topics related to optometry.

Your timetable

You have around 20 hours of formally timetabled lectures and practicals each week, and you are expected to spend at least an equal amount of time in private study and reading. Each year is organised into two semesters, each with 12 weeks of lectures.

When there is no scheduled teaching, you are encouraged to participate in one or more of the wealth of extracurricular activities on offer from the Athletic and/or Students' union, and inter-university sporting events are focused on Wednesday afternoons.

Typical timetable for Year 1 optometry students

09:00 - 10:00 Personal and professional development session Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture
10:00 - 11:00 Clinic Lecture Lecture Lecture  
11:00 - 12:00 Clinic Lecture Lecture Lecture Lecture
12:00 - 13:00          
13:00 - 14:00 Lecture Personal and professional development session No scheduled teaching

14:00 - 15:00   Lecture   Practical
15:00 - 16:00   Practical Clinic Practical
16:00 - 17:00 Lecture Practical Clinic  

Postgraduate teaching and learning

Our MSc courses use a range of different teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, workshops, practicals, and self-directed learning for a more in-depth understanding of the major concepts of the compulsory core course units.

Peer review discussions and the opportunity for staff-student feedback will be provided during tutorials.