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BSc (Hons) / MOptom (Hons) |
Our Optometry BSc/MOptom degree offers a professionally recognised qualification preparing you for a flexible and rewarding career in optometry.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years (BSc only) or 4 years (with MOptom)



Full-time: £9,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 fee TBC)


Full-time: £14,500 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 fee TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 6th September 2016

Until 15th January 2017

Who is it for?

This course is designed for students who are looking for a rewarding professional career in optometry. As a student on the BSc (Hons) Optometry at City, you will benefit from study, placement and employment opportunities in our diverse capital city. You will also benefit from our brand new state-of-the-art City Sight Optometry Clinic and laboratories.


The course is at the cutting edge of optometry and visual science in both its curriculum and the way it is taught. Throughout the course, students benefit from a combination of clinics and laboratories with experienced tutors from a wide range of disciplines. Students gain strong clinical skills and are trained to examine, diagnose and manage ocular conditions as well as providing and dispensing prescriptions for spectacles, contact lenses and low vision aids.

Our close links with Moorfields Eye Hospital will provide you with access to a diverse and interesting range of patients and pathology. City is the only university that offers a BSc Optometry degree in London, making it a truly unique experience.

  • Improve your job prospects - you can work in high street practice, independent practice, hospital eye departments and become involved in research and teaching;
  • Learn from the best - our expert staff come from a range of disciplines and we have experts in all areas of optometry;
  • Benefit from exceptional support from our academic and personal support mechanisms as well as our in-house peer led practice sessions from final year students;
  • Develop your skills with all the latest equipment in our brand new City Sight Clinic and laboratories;
  • Enjoy student placements at Moorfields Eye Hospital where you will observe treatment and management of complex eye diseases;
  • Enrich your academic experience by learning in a rich and diverse capital city;
  • Benefit from the experience and legacy of one of the first institutions in the world to train optometrists in 1927.


General Optical Council

Our BSc (Hons) Optometry degree is accredited by the General Optical Council. Full registration with the General Optical Council is gained after successful completion of the Scheme for Registration (pre-registration year).

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • 'A' Level: AAB (including two from Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics).
  • Tariff: 136 UCAS tariff points (typically AAB or ABB with a relevant EPQ). Read more about the new UCAS tariff from September 2017.
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade.
  • IB: 34 points (including 6 in two Higher Level sciences and 5 in Standard Level English and Mathematics).

The following is also required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of five passes grade 4 (C) in GCSE, including English and Mathematics.

In addition to meeting the entry requirements, you are required to have enhanced disclosure and barring service clearance.

Masters in Optometry (MOptom) entry

The MOptom is a one year Masters course that runs in conjunction with your pre-registration training. Entry onto the MOptom course is limited to 20 places and is subject to a selection process. Students will need to obtain an aggregate of at least 60% across years one to three of the BSc (Hons) Optometry course in order to be considered for entry to the fourth year with transfer to the MOptom course. The MOptom (Hons) has the same UCAS code as the BSc (Hons).

Other suitable qualifications

In partnership with City and Islington College, City University London offers a Foundation degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing, which can lead to a rewarding career as a dispensing optician. Dispensing opticians are trained to dispense and fit ophthalmic lenses and spectacle frames and to recognise basic ocular disorders.

Applications from successful graduates of the Foundation degree can be made to our full BSc (Hons) Optometry degree.

English requirements

If your first language is not English, we will require evidence of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements are:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.0 in each component.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 will be considered only at the University's discretion.

When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

of Optometry students are satisfied with their course
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Dhruvin, BSc (Hons) Optometry student at City, talks about his experiences on the course.


Clinical placements are at Moorfields Eye Hospital where you will observe ophthalmologists treating and managing ocular conditions.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to observe at the Royal National Institute of Blind People's resource centre in central London where you will learn about multidisciplinary low vision care.

Academic facilities

Staff and students at City's School of Health Sciences showcase the School's brand-new, purpose-built clinics. These state-of-the-art facilities provide a comprehensive range of services and educational resources in vision and language sciences for our students, researchers and patients.

City Sight and The Roberta Williams Centre

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Teaching and learning

City's Division of Optometry and Visual Science has an excellent reputation, with expert academics from a range of disciplines including optometrists, ophthalmologists, dispensing opticians, orthoptists, physicists, psychologists, neuroscientists and biologists.

You will learn through lectures, tutorials, seminars, laboratory work, clinical practice and our web-based virtual learning environment. Tutorials will give you the opportunity to discuss clinical cases and use role play to explore patient and practitioner communications, so you are prepared for the clinical environment. You will benefit from state-of-the-art clinics and laboratories, including our brand new City Sight Optometry Clinic as well as from study, placement and employment opportunities in our diverse capital city.

As a student on the BSc (Hons) Optometry course you will have, on average, 25 hours per week of direct contact with staff in teaching sessions. You will spend 45% of this time in lectures, 45% undertaking practical study, and the remaining 10% in tutorials or going on external visits. You will be supported throughout your studies by your personal tutor and teaching staff.

Assessment is through coursework, written examinations, clinical observation, vivas and practice-based assessment. A project or dissertation is required in the final year.

Assessment weightings by year (BSc)

  • Year One: 10%
  • Year Two: 30%
  • Year Three: 60%

Assessment weightings by year (MOptom)

  • Year One: 10%
  • Year Two: 10%
  • Year Three: 20%
  • Year Four: 60%


The BSc Optometry course prepares you for your pre-registration period in high street, independent practice or hospital optometry.

The MOptom course, an additional year following the BSc course, can also be completed to prepare you for a career in specialist optometric practice, clinical research or the hospital eye service.

Year 1

From your very first day at City, you will build a foundation in the basic sciences that underpin optometry and start your clinical training. Lectures are supported by tutorials and laboratory-based work.

Core modules include:

  • Human biology
  • Optics
  • Visual optics and mathematics
  • Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing I
  • Clinical skills I

Year 2

In your second year, you will expand and enhance your clinical skills, developing an understanding of ocular and systemic disease coupled with the neuroscience of visual perception.

Clinical confidence and competence is supported by expert guidance from optometrists who will teach you how to use the latest technologies to investigate ocular abnormalities, thus preparing you for the final-year clinics.

Core modules include:

  • Visual science
  • General pathology and eye disease
  • Clinical skills II
  • Contact lenses I
  • Ophthalmic lenses and dispensing II
  • Binocular vision

Year 3

You will develop the knowledge and clinical skills that form the basis of optometric practice by seeing a diverse range of patients under supervision at our brand new City Sight Optometry Clinic.

You will carry out full eye examinations and gain specialist skills in primary care, paediatrics, binocular vision, contact lenses, dispensing and visual impairment clinics.

You will also observe patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world's leading eye hospitals.

Core modules include:

  • Eye disease and therapeutics
  • Clinical skills and professional practice
  • Binocular vision, paediatrics and visual impairment
  • Contact lenses II
  • Research studies

Year 4

Please note the fourth year of study is for the MOptom (Hons) only.

The Masters in Optometry (MOptom) is a four-year programme consisting of the three years of the BSc and one additional year that runs in conjunction with your pre-registration training. The final year consists of four Masters-level modules covering:

  • Critical thinking in ophthalmic practice
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical retina
  • Optometric practice

Entry onto the MOptom course is limited to 20 places and is subject to a selection process. You will need to obtain an aggregate of at least 60 per cent across the three years of the BSc (Hons) Optometry course in order to be considered for transfer to the MOptom course.

Career prospects

Optometry offers a varied and flexible career with opportunities in private practice, hospital eye departments, research and education. Many of our students go on to specialise in different branches of optometry and take on leading roles in the profession.

City graduates are highly employable with graduates earning an average annual salary of £13,500 in their pre-registration period. Optometrists can go on to earn between £24,000 to £50,000 as they advance in their careers, with senior consultants and managers earning up to £80,000.

Job opportunities are available within high street practice, independent practice, and hospital eye departments as well as in research and teaching the next generation of optometrists.

Employability after our course is very high and our graduates go on to secure jobs in optometric practice in a range of practice types including large companies (e.g. Specsavers, Boots, Vision Express), independent practices and hospital departments.

As a graduate, you can also go on to study an advanced practice MSc or PhD with us at City. This in turn can lead to a more expansive range of opportunities including academia, or greater involvement in management of eye disease.

99% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Information taken from Unistats

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