City University London

Course Introduction

City's BSc (Hons) Optometry is at the cutting edge of optometry and visual science study in both its curriculum and the way it is delivered. Throughout the course, students benefit from a combination of state'of' the'art clinics and laboratories and teaching from experienced tutors from a wide range of disciplines. Close links with Moorfields Eye Hospital provide students with access to a wide range of patients and pathology. City is the only university in London offering a BSc (Hons) Optometry, providing students with the experience of studying in a rich and diverse capital city. Students benefit from study, placement and employment opportunities in a diverse capital city and from state'of'the'art clinics and laboratories including City's Fight for Sight Optometry Clinics. City's optometry division has an excellent reputation, with expert academics from a range of disciplines such as optometrists, ophthalmologists, dispensing opticians, orthoptists, physicists, psychologists, neuroscientists and biologists. Students go on to flexible careers in private practice, hospital eye departments, research and teaching. In the third year, students see patients under supervision in City's Fight for Sight Optometry Clinics. Students carry out full eye examinations under supervision and gain specialist skills in the paediatric, binocular vision, contact lens, dispensing and visual impairment clinics. In addition, students attend Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world's leading eye hospitals, to examine patients with a range of eye diseases. They also benefit from a placement scheme with local optometric practices to gain experience in dispensing spectacles and practice management.

Course Modules

Year 1: Optics; visual optics; mathematics; computing; ophthalmic lenses; clinical practice; anatomy and physiology; extension studies (optional). Year 2: Visual optics and ophthalmic instruments; ocular anatomy and physiology; general pathology; visual perception; binocular vision; clinical practice; contact lens practice; optometric pharmacology and microbiology; ophthalmic dispensing. Year 3: Visual perception and environment; clinical practice; optometric pharmacology and microbiology; contact lens practice; ocular pathology; professional and legal studies; a special study, taking the form of either a project or a dissertation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level AAB
  • SQA Higher AAAAB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates AAAABB
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • GCE AS-level
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • Tariff 136
  • Course specific
  • CRB check required

Key Course Information

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94% Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the course

The course is well organised and is running smoothly 78%
I have been able to access general IT resources when I needed to 88%
The library resources and services are good enough for my needs 89%

£12,000 Average salary 6 months after course has finished

100% Go on to work and/or study

In work 22
Studying 4
Studying and working 74
Unemployed 0
Unknown 0

29% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 54%

Total Coursework: 33%

Total Practical: 14%

£7,800 - £10,000
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,500 - £7,800
Typical cost of private accommodation