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

Alternatively, use our A–Z index

MSci Optometry at The University of Manchester
MSci Optometry
Our four-year optometry course for undergraduates includes the pre-registration year required to qualify as an optometrist.

This course is unavailable through clearing

This course is now full for our 2019 entry, but have a look at our clearing vacancies to see if a similar course has space.

Search all clearing vacancies

MSci Optometry

Year of entry: 2019

Overview

Degree awarded
MSci
Duration
4 years
Typical A-level offer

AAB (including specific subjects)

Typical contextual A-level offer (what is this?)
ABB (including specific subjects).
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall including 6 in two science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at Higher Level and 5 in one further Higher Level subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .

Course overview

  • Spend an extra year achieving an integrated master's, which incorporates the pre-registration year into your BSc degree.
  • Study in our modern £4 million optometry facilities.
  • Gain clinical experience at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, one of the largest eye teaching hospitals in Europe.
Loading
Optometry at The University of Manchester

Open days

Attending an open day is a great way to find out what studying optometry at Manchester is like. Find out about our upcoming open days .

We also operate campus tours, which are available most days. These are with a student ambassador who can tell you all about life at The University of Manchester. It may also be possible to meet with admissions staff (subject to staff availability). Family and friends are welcome too.

To book, please contact the Admissions Office on tel +44 (0)161 275 2411 or email ug.optometry@manchester.ac.uk

Fees

Tuition fees for home/EU students commencing their studies in September 2019 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £23,000 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance 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.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

We are pleased to offer a £2,000 per annum tuition fee bursary for international applicants to Optometry. This will be applied automatically should you register on the course. Unfortunately we are unable to provide a bursary for home/EU students; however, the University offers a scholarship/bursary package .

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 2411
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/optometry/
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Compare this course

Entry requirements

A-level

We require grades AAB, including two A-levels in Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry with grades AA (normally to be taken in one sitting) and a pass in the practical assessments.

General Studies is welcomed but not normally included as part of the offer.

AS-level

We require two AS-levels at grades BB or higher in place of the third non-science A-level.

Unit grade information

The University of Manchester welcomes the provision of unit grade information which, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.  Unit grades will not normally form part of offer conditions, except for Mathematics programmes.

GCSE

We require at least five GCSEs at minimum grade 5 (including English Language and Mathematics).

International Baccalaureate

35 points overall including 6 in two science subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics) at Higher Level and 5 in one further Higher Level subject.

Scottish requirements

We require grade A in Advanced Higher Chemistry or Biology plus grades AAABB in five suitable Scottish Higher level subjects (including Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics). Mathematics/English Language not taken at Higher/Advanced Higher must have been achieved at SCQF level 5 (minimum National 5) with grade B in Maths and Grade C in English Language

Welsh Baccalaureate

We require AA in two science subjects at A-level and a pass in the practical assessments, plus a pass in the core component at grade B.

European Baccalaureate

We require an award of EB at 75%-80% or above overall, with a minimum of 7.5-8 in 3 written subjects including two science subjects.

In addition, all applicants are required to demonstrate proficiency in English Language. We accept a score of a minimum of 7 at Year 7 in English Language in the EB or a separate English Language qualification.

AQA Baccalaureate

The University welcomes applications from students studying the AQA Baccalaureate qualification. As the qualification is not available to all applicants it is not currently an essential requirement of the University but, like all other available information, will inform the consideration of applications.

Other international entry requirements

For country-specific entry requirements for this course, please see the international entry requirements page for Optometry .

Foundation year

The University recognises a number of foundation programmes as suitable for entry to this undergraduate programme:

Applicants completing the INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester international foundation programme in Science, are required to achieve AAB in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics and an EAP score of B.  INTO Manchester in partnership with The University of Manchester students are required to attend an interview.

Applicants completing the NCUK International Foundation year in Science are required to achieve AAB in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics and an EAP requirements score of B.

Pearson BTEC qualifications

BTEC National Extended Diploma

We do not consider the National Extended Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Extended Diploma must achieve DDD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

BTEC National Diploma

We do not consider the National Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Diploma must achieve DD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

BTEC National Foundation Diploma

We do not consider the National Foundation Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Foundation Diploma must achieve D alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

BTEC National Extended Certificate

We do not consider the National Extended Certificate for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking a National Extended Certificate must achieve D alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

OCR Cambridge Technical qualifications

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma must achieve DDD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

Cambridge Technical Diploma

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Diploma must achieve DD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AB.

Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma must achieve DD alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

We do not consider the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate for entry onto this course as a single qualification. Applicants undertaking the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate must achieve D alongside 2 science A-levels (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics) at grades AA.

Access to HE Diploma

We require 60 credits overall with 45 at Level 3, including a minimum of 15 credits in Biology with a Distinction grade, plus a minimum of 15 credits in Chemistry with a Distinction grade and a further 15 credits with Distinction.

If you are only able to take 12 credits at Level 3 in Biology, we would accept the remaining three credits at Level 3 with Distinction in Chemistry, Physics or Maths.

Applicants should also have GCSE English Language at grade B/6 or above and GCSE Maths at grade B/6 or above, or equivalent. We also consider other factors such as additional educational achievements, life experience and skills on an individual basis.

Students educated up to GCSE level who have only taken a one-year Access course will not normally be accepted.

Cambridge Pre-U

We require D3,D3,D3 to D3, M1, M1, including two sciences. You must have a D3 in one of the science subjects.

Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

The University recognises the benefits of the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and the opportunities it provides for applicants to develop independent study and research skills. Although the Extended Project will not be included in the conditions of your offer, we strongly encourage you to provide information about the EPQ in your personal statement and at interview. A number of our academic Schools may also choose to take your performance in the EPQ into account should places be available in August for applicants who narrowly miss the entry grades for their chosen course.

Home-schooled applicants

If you have followed a non-standard educational route and have been, for example, educated at home, your application will be considered against the standard entry criteria of the course to which you applied. You will be required to demonstrate that you meet the academic entry requirements as specified for the course. We will also require a reference which should be written by somebody who knows you well enough, in an official capacity, to write about you and your suitability for higher education. Please refer to UCAS for further information: UCAS reference guidelines

Non-standard educational routes

Applications from mature applicants are welcomed and all such applications are considered on an individual basis.

The University of Manchester welcomes the introduction of the level 3 specialised diplomas. We look forward to providing guidance regarding progression opportunities and subject and grade requirements when further details on equivalences are published.

English language

We require one of:

  • GCSE, IGCSE or O-level English Language at grade 5;
  • IELTS 7 (with no less than 6 in any component);
  • TOEFL (iBT) - 100;
  • an equivalent qualification.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply through UCAS .

Advice to applicants

You should not apply for both the BSc Optometry and the MSci Optometry course, as applications for these courses are considered together. Students cover the same course units for the first two years of both these courses and only exceptional students are invited to continue on the second two years of the MSci.

We would normally only consider applicants who obtained the relevant qualification within the three years prior to entry.

Applicants should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their particular circumstances.

Please note that if you are offered a place on this course, you will be required to register with the General Optical Council and, as a result, will be subject to their standards and disciplinary proceedings in addition to those of the University.

How your application is considered

Both international and EU applicants are considered on the basis of their UCAS form. Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype.

Interview requirements

Interviews are part of the selection process. All suitable UK applicants will be interviewed in person at the University.

Fitness to practise / health requirements

All applicants will be required to complete a Pre-acceptance Health Questionnaire. Please see the Optometry Applicants - Fitness to Practise Guidelines (PDF) for more information.

Disclosure and Barring Service check

All applicants will be required to complete an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Services (DBS) check.

Deferrals

Applications for deferred entry are considered equally to other applications up to the point of confirmation. Deferred entry is granted on the discretion of admissions staff, and is normally granted for one year only and 2 years at the maximum. Some English Language test results, such as IELTS or TOEFL, are only valid for two years from the test date.

Policy for applicants who resit their qualifications

We will consider resit applications provided you have obtained a minimum of A-level grades BBC at the first attempt (or equivalent qualifications).

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry.  In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.If you are applying for a place for the same year of entry through UCAS Extra, you should provide additional evidence of your suitability for the course. If you are applying through clearing you are required to meet the clearing requirements. In both UCAS Extra and clearing the places will be subject to availability.

Course details

Course description

Our MSci Optometry course will enable you to qualify as an optometrist while achieving both an undergraduate degree and integrated master's over four years. This is the only registerable optometry degree in the UK.

Through our course, you will discover the scientific principles that underpin optometry, including the properties of light, the anatomy of the eye and the processing of vision in the brain.

You will learn the scientific principles that underpin optometry and gain a wealth of practical clinical experience through placements with Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Special features

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital
Gain unique practical experience at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital.

Integrated pre-registration year

If you move on to the MSci course for your third year, the College of Optometrists' pre-registration year and the Professional Qualifying Examination are included in your degree.

Unique clinical experience

Gain experience at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital - one of Europe's biggest eye teaching hospitals - to learn about the management and treatment of eye disease.

Early patient contact

Start to meet patients in the second semester of Year 1.

Close-knit student cohort

Join the active student-run Optometry Society to take part in formal and informal social activities.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, clinics and practicals. You will have around 20 hours of formally timetabled lectures and practicals every week.

Find out more about teaching and learning in optometry , including a typical Year 1 timetable.

Coursework and assessment

Units completed within a semester will be assessed at the end of that semester by a combination of coursework, practical examination and written examination.

Subjects taught throughout the year will be examined at the end of the second semester.

The final degree classification is based on marks obtained during all years of the course.

Course content for year 1

You will be introduced to the scientific principles that underpin optometry including the properties of light, the anatomy of the eye and the processing of vision in the brain. You will also learn about ophthalmic appliances such as lenses and instrumentation such as retinoscopes.

The clinical element of the course will introduce you to general eye examination techniques that you will initially carry out on fellow students followed by volunteer patients in Semester 2.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Writing and Referencing Skills (online unit) BIOL10741 0 Mandatory
Personal & Professional Development A OPTO10100 10 Mandatory
Geometrical Optics OPTO10151 10 Mandatory
Functional Anatomy of the Eye OPTO10171 10 Mandatory
Optometric Examination A OPTO10190 30 Mandatory
Dispensing A OPTO10292 10 Mandatory
Physical Optics OPTO10312 10 Mandatory
Visual Neurophysiology & Fundamentals of Visual Perception OPTO10360 10 Mandatory
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care Professionals I OPTO10391 10 Mandatory
Anatomy and Physiology for Health Care Professionals II OPTO10392 10 Mandatory
Mathematics for Optometry OPTO10911 10 Mandatory
Clinical Methodology 1 OPTO12052 0 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 12 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

You will cover a range of new topics including human disease processes, pharmacology, contact lens practice and binocular vision. You will also further develop your knowledge of ophthalmic appliances, and optometric instrumentation.

The clinical element of the course will develop your skills so that you will have the confidence to examine members of the public under supervision by the end of the year.

You will spend a week in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital on a full-time secondment during the vacation between the second and third years of the course. This provides a wealth of clinical experience in a hospital department.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Dispensing B OPTO20080 10 Mandatory
Instrumentation OPTO20091 10 Mandatory
Optometric Examination B OPTO20100 20 Mandatory
Personal & Professional Development B OPTO20200 10 Mandatory
Vision in the Real World OPTO20282 10 Mandatory
Visual Optics OPTO20292 10 Mandatory
Binocular Vision A OPTO20361 10 Mandatory
Contact Lenses A OPTO20372 10 Mandatory
Pharmacology A OPTO20391 10 Mandatory
Visual Psychophysics and Neurophysiology OPTO20621 10 Mandatory
Ocular Health & Disease Mechanisms OPTO21391 10 Mandatory
Clinical Methodology 2 OPTO22051 0 Mandatory
Clinical Methodology 3 OPTO22062 0 Mandatory
Displaying 10 of 13 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

You will take an additional master's-level Glaucoma course unit, which is unique to the MSci Optometry course.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Clinical Practical Sessions OPTO30200 40 Mandatory
Binocular Vision B OPTO30221 10 Mandatory
IOVS Glaucoma OPTO30362 10 Mandatory
Low Vision OPTO30410 10 Mandatory
Pharmacology B: Ocular Pharmacology OPTO30612 10 Mandatory
Contact Lenses B OPTO30651 10 Mandatory
Ocular Disease OPTO30891 10 Mandatory
Personal & Professional Development C OPTO31200 10 Mandatory
Emerging Optometry OPTO31222 10 Mandatory

Course content for year 4

The final year of the MSci course is when you go on your clinical placements. You will spend six months in a hospital and six months in a private practice gaining a wealth of clinical experience in two different fields.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Clinical Placement 1 OPTO40811 40 Mandatory
Clinical Placement 2 OPTO40812 40 Mandatory
Research Project OPTO40870 20 Mandatory
Evidence-based Clinical Case Management OPTO41100 100 Mandatory
Personal and Professional Development D OPTO41200 10 Mandatory

What our students say

Find out more about what it's like to study at Manchester on the  Biology, Medicine and Health Student Blog .

Facilities

You will learn in purpose-built facilities that include a dispensary, 16 bespoke optometric examination rooms, numerous dedicated specialist clinic rooms and dedicated laboratories for non-clinical practical sessions.

You will also have access to the University's other facilities for undergraduates .

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

Optometrists work in high street practice or hospital eye clinics, where they prescribe and dispense spectacles, contact lenses, and low vision aids, treat problems with binocular vision, and increasingly work alongside ophthalmologists to monitor the treatment of ocular disease.

Optometrists are now also involved in the primary care of patients with diseases such as diabetes and glaucoma. This has given rise to more emphasis on the study and management of these conditions. 

Qualified optometrists can also undertake postgraduate study to act as independent prescribers with the authority to treat a range of eye conditions.  

Most BSc Optometry students go straight on to do their pre-registration year and take the Scheme for Registration examinations, which, when successfully completed, allow entry to the General Optical Council register. If you complete the MSci at Manchester, the pre-registration year is included in your degree.

After registration with the General Optical Council, a career is open to you in practice, either privately or within the National Health Service.

Alternatively, it is possible to work in the hospital eye service team alongside an ophthalmologist. Of our recent graduates, 95% are working in private practice and 5% in the NHS.

Read our  Optometry graduate profiles to find out more.

Accrediting organisations

Optometry degrees are approved by the General Optical Council. The MSci Optometry incorporates the College of Optometrists' pre-registration year and the Professional Qualifying Examination.