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Optometry PhD

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Degree awarded
36-48 months (full-time), 72-96 months (part-time)
Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for PhD study is a First or Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. In certain circumstances, a Lower Second class honours degree supplemented by a Masters degree, or appropriate relevant work experience, may be acceptable.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

PhD programmes are based on individual research projects that last 3 or 4 years, working with a specific academic supervisor (principle investigators). Applicants are specifically matched with a principle investigator based on their research interests and background. 

PhD research in Optometry follows the five themes of the Eye & Vision Sciences Research Group which are:

  1. Function and Dysfunction . The measurement of functional loss in various ophthalmic conditions along with the evaluation and development of measurement technologies forms the basis of this programme.
  2. Visual Optics and Instrumentation . Optimal visual performance depends on the maintenance of a high-quality optical image on the retina. In practice the image may be degraded by refractive error, failure to focus (accommodate) correctly, optical aberration and scattering.
  3. Ocular Imaging . Researchers in ocular imaging use a diverse spectrum of techniques to visualise the tissues of the eye, from the cornea to the retina and the optic nerve.
  4. Visual Psychophysics . Visual psychophysics studies the relationship between visual stimuli and the sensations they evoke while ocular electrophysiology investigates the signals passing along the visual pathway.
  5. Low Vision . Research in low vision concentrates on the design of aids, training in their use, and the appropriate measurement of treatment outcomes.

More details about the staff and currently active research topics, along with links to other vision related groups within the University, can be found at the Eye and Vision Sciences research group web pages.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Low £8,000, Medium £14,000, High £19,000
    International students (per annum): Standard £20,000, Low £22,000, Medium £27,500, High £32,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): Low £4,000, Medium £7,000, High £9,500
    International students (per annum): Standard £10,000, Low £11,000, Medium £13,750, High £16,250

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
+44 (0)161 275 5608
+44 (0)161 275 5657
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