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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.

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MSci Optometry / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

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