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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9250 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 15300 per year

All study options

About Optometry at City, University of London

Our Optometry BSc/MOptom degree offers a professionally recognised qualification preparing you for a flexible and rewarding career in optometry.

Who is it for?

This course has been designed for students with an ambition to become leaders in the field of optometry. You should have a passion for science and will enjoy a future working with the public and colleagues across the healthcare sector. Optometry is a career where you have the opportunity to make a real difference to peoples' lives who suffer from vision impairment and sight loss.


As a student on the BSc Optometry course, you will be studying within a Division which has an internationally excellent reputation within the optometric profession. You will study a curriculum informed by our world leading research which is at the cutting edge of advances in the sector and be taught by academics who are leaders in their field.

Throughout your time at City, you will benefit from a combination of teaching styles including clinics and laboratories in our specialist on-campus facilities and clinical placements at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the UK's leading eye hospital. During your final year, you will further develop your clinical practice by working in our very own eye clinic City Sight where you will examine members of the public from babies to the elderly, presenting you with a wide range of ocular conditions and needs. During your fourth year, either after graduating with BSc (Hons) in optometry or whilst completing the MOptom degree, you will have to successfully complete the Scheme for Registration run by the College of Optometrists before you can join the register as an optometrist

As a City student studying optometry, you can join OpSoc (the Optometry Society) which is run by our incredibly enthusiastic students. OpSoc is actively involved in competitions between universities and institutions and were recently named the winners of this year's Association of Optometrists (AOP) Film and Television award for their Hunger Games-inspired entry in sporting competitions and organise the annual student optometry ball, The Eyeball.


Our BSc (Hons) Optometry degree is accredited by the General Optical Council. Full registration with the General Optical Council is gained after successful completion of the Scheme for Registration (pre-registration year).

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: AAB (including two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics).
  • Tariff: 136 UCAS tariff points (typically AAB or ABB with a relevant EPQ). Read more about the new UCAS tariff from September 2017.
  • Bachelor Degrees: Upper second class Honours degree in other science or medically related degree
  • IB: 34 points (including 6 in two Higher Level sciences and 5 in Standard Level English and Mathematics).

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

In addition to meeting the entry requirements, you are required to have enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance and are required to register with the General Optical Council and maintain this registration throughout the degree course..

Masters in Optometry (MOptom) entry

The MOptom is a one year Masters course that runs in conjunction with your pre-registration training. Entry onto the MOptom course is limited to 20 places and is subject to a selection process. Students will need to obtain an aggregate of at least 60% across years one to three of the BSc (Hons) Optometry course in order to be considered for entry to the fourth year with transfer to the MOptom course. The MOptom (Hons) has the same UCAS code as the BSc (Hons).

Other suitable qualifications

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.

In partnership with City and Islington College, City, University of London offers a Foundation degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing, which can lead to a rewarding career as a dispensing optician. Dispensing opticians are trained to dispense and fit ophthalmic lenses and spectacle frames and to recognise basic ocular disorders.

Applications from successful graduates of the Foundation degree can be made to our full BSc (Hons) Optometry degree.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City, University of London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities or institutions on the form. The UCAS code for City, University of London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each institution can see only their entry and not those of other institutions you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City, University of London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2018 should arrive at UCAS between September 2017 and 15th January 2018. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2018 will be considered only at City's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

Teaching and learning

City's Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences has an excellent reputation with expert academics from a wide range of disciplines including optometrists, ophthalmologists, dispensing opticians, orthoptists, physicists, psychologists, neuroscientists and biologists.

During your time with us, you will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, clinical practice, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) practice and our web-based virtual learning environment. Tutorials encourage you to discuss clinical cases and use role play to explore patient and practitioner communications so you are better prepared for the clinical environment. You will benefit from state-of-the-art clinics and laboratories, including our brand new City Sight Optometry Clinic as well as from study, placement and employment opportunities in our diverse capital city.

At City, we recognise that one way of assessing does not suit everyone so we use many different techniques to ensure we gain the very best from our students.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed using a variety of methods, depending on module choices:

  • coursework
  • written examinations
  • clinical observation
  • Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs)
  • A project or dissertation is required in your final year.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2016/17 entry is as follows:

Year 1

53% written, 0% practical, 47% coursework

Year 2

58% written, 38% practical, 4% coursework

Year 3

72% written, 6% practical, 22% coursework.


The BSc Optometry course prepares you for your pre-registration period in high street, independent practice or hospital optometry.

The MOptom course, an additional year following the BSc course, can also be completed to prepare you for a career in specialist optometric practice, clinical research or the hospital eye service.

Year 1

From your very first day at City, you will build a foundation in the basic sciences that underpin optometry and start your clinical training. Lectures are supported by tutorials and laboratory-based work.

Core modules include:

  • Human biology
  • Optics
  • Visual optics and mathematics
  • Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing I
  • Clinical skills I

Year 2

In your second year, you will expand and enhance your clinical skills, developing an understanding of ocular and systemic disease coupled with the neuroscience of visual perception.

Clinical confidence and competence is supported by expert guidance from optometrists who will teach you how to use the latest technologies to investigate ocular abnormalities, thus preparing you for the final-year clinics.

Core modules include:

  • Visual science
  • General pathology and eye disease
  • Clinical skills II
  • Contact lenses I
  • Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing II
  • Binocular vision

Year 3

You will develop the knowledge and clinical skills that form the basis of optometric practice by seeing a diverse range of patients under supervision at our brand new City Sight Optometry Clinic.

You will carry out full eye examinations and gain specialist skills in primary care, paediatrics, binocular vision, contact lenses, dispensing and visual impairment clinics.

You will also observe patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world's leading eye hospitals.

Core modules include:

  • Eye disease and therapeutics
  • Clinical skills and professional practice
  • Binocular vision, paediatrics and visual impairment
  • Contact lenses II
  • Research studies

Year 4

Please note the fourth year of study is for the MOptom (Hons) only.

The Masters in Optometry (MOptom) is a four-year programme consisting of the three years of the BSc and one additional year that runs in conjunction with your pre-registration training. The final year consists of four Masters-level modules covering:

  • Critical thinking in ophthalmic practice
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical retina
  • Optometric practice

Entry onto the MOptom course is limited to 20 places and is subject to a selection process. You will need to obtain an aggregate of at least 60 per cent across the three years of the BSc (Hons) Optometry course in order to be considered for transfer to the MOptom course.

Download the relevant programme specification

Overall workload

  • Overall the programme consists of 28% contact time and 72% self-learning
  • Independent study times are for you to revise and prepare for teaching sessions and prepare for oral presentations of their work
  • The contact time of the programme consists of 44% lectures, 45% practical classes, 10% tutorials and 1% on external visits
  • On average you will have 25 hours per week of direct contact with staff in teaching sessions.

Year 1

29% scheduled learning, 71% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 2

28% scheduled learning, 72% independent learning, 0% placement

Year 3

28% scheduled learning, 71% independent learning, 1% placement.

Career prospects

Studying optometry offers a diverse and flexible career pathway with opportunities to work in high street practice, hospital eye departments as well as research and teaching the next generation of students. Many of our students go on to specialise in different branches of optometry and take on leading roles in the profession.

Our employment rate at City is very high with currently 99% of our students gaining employment in their first year after graduation. City graduates are highly employable earning an average annual salary of £13,500 during their pre-registration period (i.e. post-graduation training year). Optometrists usually go on to earn between £24,000 to £50,000 as they advance in their careers, with senior consultants and managers earning up to £80,000.

After qualification as an optometrist, you can also return to City to study for an advanced practice MSc or PhD. This in turn can lead to a more expansive range of opportunities such as greater involvement in management of ocular diseases, enhanced eye services and independent prescribing.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course Type%In employment96.66Work and study1.67Further study1.67Unemployed0

Find out more about the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2015-16

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBSc (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15300 per year
  • The awardMOptom (Hons)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 9250 per yearInternational course feesGBP 15300 per year

Notes about fees for this course

More about fees

* The tuition fee for UK and EU students is determined by the UK Government and was £9,250 for the first year of study at City in 2017/18. The tuition fee for students commencing their studies in 2018/19 has not yet been confirmed: we will update these pages as soon as we receive confirmation. Fees in each subsequent year of study may be subject to an annual increase limited to the Student Fees Inflation Index as determined by the UK Government's Office for Budget Responsibility. However, this is subject to confirmation. The index is derived from the All Items Retail Prices Index. If fees do increase in each subsequent year of study, we will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study. Fees in each subsequent year of study will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index.

** The tuition fee for Non-UK/non-EU students is £15,300 for the first year of study in 2018/19. Each subsequent year of study may be subject to annual increase, as detailed above for UK and EU students, but this is also subject to confirmation.


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Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

Student views

Optometry at City, University of London

BSc (Hons) Optometry student Inesh Porbudas talks about his experience studying optometry and the excellent facilities and placement opportunities available to City students.


As an optometry student at City, you will benefit from a clinical placement at Moorfields, the UK's leading Eye Hospital. Here you will observe ophthalmologists treating and managing ocular conditions in a diverse range of patients both in clinics as well as in the operating room.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to observe at the Royal National Institute of Blind People's resource centre in central London where you will learn about multidisciplinary low vision care.

Find further information about our placement partners and trusts under our School of Health Sciences section.

Academic facilities

Optometry students benefit from excellent facilities, which include a range of purpose built clinics and laboratories on campus, as well as our clinic, City Sight, which offers optometric services to the general public.

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London - from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice - leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

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