Skip to navigation | Skip to main content | Skip to footer
Menu Search the University of Manchester siteSearch

Alternatively, use our A–Z index

Optometry (4 Years) [MOptom]

View tabs | View full page

Fact file

UCAS course code
UCAS institution code
Degree awarded
4 years
Typical A-level offer
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall including 6 points in Biology and Chemistry, Physics or Maths at Higher level.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course description

In order to practice as an optometrist in the UK, graduates with a BSc in Optometry must spend a further pre-registration year in supervised practice undertaking the Scheme for Registration of the College of Optometrists. The MOptom is recognised by the General Optical Council as a registerable qualification. Successful MOptom students do not therefore need to undertake the pre-registration year after their degree.

The four-year MOptom course is designed to extend the scope of the university degree course, while at the same time incorporating this pre-registration year into the formal structure of a masters course - this is the first qualification of its kind in any country where optometry is a recognised profession. Instead of obtaining a pre-registration position independently after leaving the University, MOptom students remain registered for four years. Your clinical experience will be obtained in private practice for six months and at an eye hospital for six months. This is an excellent opportunity to experience both types of practice before deciding the area on which you wish to concentrate.


Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2014 will be approximately £9,000 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £18,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate fees pages.

Additional expenses

The General Optical Council student registration fee is currently £20 (renewable each year). At the beginning of your first year, we provide you with a lab coat and suggest you buy a trial frame (up to £300). By the end of your second year, you are encouraged to purchase your own ophthalmoscope and retinoscope, which can cost between £800 and £1000.

Compare this course

This course is delivered by:

Faculty of Life Sciences

Contact details

Academic department
Faculty of Life Sciences
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)161 275 5032
+44 (0)161 275 5456
Academic department overview

Related subject areas