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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.

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MSci Optometry / Careers

Year of entry: 2019

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.