MSci Optometry / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
Master of Science (UG)
4 years
Typical A-level offer
AAB-AAA (including specific subjects).
Typical contextual A-level offer
AAB-ABB (including specific subjects).
Find out more about contextual admissions.
Refugee/care-experienced offer
Applicants who have been in local authority care for more than three months or have refugee status may be eligible for an offer two grades below the standard requirements.
Find out more about contextual admissions.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer

35 points overall with grades 665 in three higher level subjects, to include two sciences (from Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics or Physics).

For this course we will accept: Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Applications and Interpretation.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply through UCAS .
Apply through UCAS
UCAS course code
UCAS institution code

Course overview

  • Gain a professional qualification to prepare you for your career in optometry.
  • Study in our modern optometry clinics at an institution with one of the longest traditions of teaching optometry in the UK.
  • Gain clinical experience at neighbouring Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, one of the largest eye hospitals in Europe.
  • Apply your learning to clinical cases from the start of the course.
  • The General Optical Council (GOC) regulates our BSc, and MSci (integrated Masters) Optometry courses. Both programmes hold full approval from the GOC.
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)161 529 4563 or email


Tuition fees for home students commencing their studies in September 2024 will be £9,250 per annum. Tuition fees for international students will be £25,500 per annum. For general information please see the undergraduate finance pages.

Additional expenses

The General Optical Council student registration fee is currently £30 (renewable each year) but is reimbursed to you by the University.

In your first year, we provide you with a set of clinical scrubs. During second year, you are encouraged to purchase your own ophthalmoscope and retinoscope (£1,300-£1,700).

You will have the opportunity to go on placement outside of the University. Depending on the location of the practice, this could incur additional costs.

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).

Contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Contact name
Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)161 529 4563
School/Faculty overview
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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