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Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences

  • 2nd in UK for student satisfaction in Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • 94% overall student satisfaction in Optometry (NSS 2019)
  • 2nd in London for subjects allied to medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021)
  • 100% of City BSc Optometry graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after completing the course (DLHE).

City's Division of Optometry & Visual Sciences combines a longstanding tradition of academic excellence at undergraduate and postgraduate level with a research-active body of academics and PhD students.

There are currently 20 academic staff in the division contributing to our optometry courses as well as carrying out applied vision research spanning fundamental visual science to ophthalmic health policy. The division has an established history in optical education and began teaching technical optics at the Northampton Institute (City’s predecessor) in 1898. We have been active in optics and vision science research since the early 1900s and boasted the first appointment to Chair of Optometry in the UK in 1966 (R.J. Fletcher). As a Division we strive to maintain and enhance our national and international reputation in applied vision research and in the quality of the teaching provided by our internationally acclaimed academic staff. City is ranked 2nd in UK for student satisfaction in Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics (Complete University Guide 2021).

Find out about international opportunities for staff and students within the division.


The division offers a range of courses at undergraduate, postgraduate taught and research degree level, as well as a range of Continuing Personal and Professional Development courses.

See which course is right for you:



The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded, we therefore have several scholarships available for students. Visit the School of Health Sciences Postgraduate funding page for more information.

Research degrees

City, University of London offers a variety of MPhil and PHD options in the following areas:

  • Optometry
  • Visual Science
  • Optometry and Visual Sciences
  • Optics
  • Visual Science


Hear about the MSc Clinical Optometry from our staff and students, the modules of which you can also take through CPPD.


Centre for Applied Vision Research

The Applied Vision Research Centre aims to develop, promote and carry out research that spans laboratory-based fundamental studies in vision to translational applied vision research. The Centre continues to bring together a multidisciplinary scientific and clinical team with expertise in the field of vision and eye care. It currently comprises 31 academic staff and 22 PhD students organised into five research groups with the Ophthalmic Public Health group as an affiliated member.

Find out more about the Centre for Applied Vision Research.


Here is a list of the staff who work in the Division of Optometry & Visual Sciences, including City Sight. You can find out more about each member of staff, including their latest publications and their contact details by following the links below.

  • Undergraduate Admissions t: +44 (0)20 7040 8384
    Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB
  • Postgraduate Admissions Team t: +44 (0)20 7040 5790
    Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB