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City's Department of Optometry and 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 department contributing to our optometry courses as well as carrying out applied vision research spanning fundamental visual science to ophthalmic health policy.
The department 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 Department 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.
Optometry Courses at City
The department 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:
City, University of London offers a variety of MPhil and PHD options in the following areas:
- Visual Science
- Optometry and Visual Sciences
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.
- Professor John Barbur, Optics Chair
- Dr Alison Binns, Senior Lecturer in Optometry & Visual Science
- Dr Tamsin Callaghan, Lecturer in Dispensing
- Dr Peter Campbell, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Miriam Conway, Senior Lecturer
- Professor David Crabb, Professor
- Dr Penny D'Ath, Senior Lecturer
- Professor Ron Douglas, Professor Emeritus
- Jamie Enoch, Research Fellow
- Dr Simon Grant, Reader
- Dr Michelle Hennelly, Head of Optometry and Visual Science
- Professor Chris Hull, Professor
- Dr Byki Huntjens, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Peter Jones, Lecturer in Optometry and Visual Science
- Professor John Lawrenson, Professor of Clinical Visual Science
- Mark Mayhew, Lecturer in Clinical Optometry
- Michelle Mehta, Clinical Tutor
- Professor Michael Morgan, Professor of Neuroscience
- Giovanni Ometto, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Image Processing
- Dr Michael Powner, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Marisa Rodriguez Carmona, Senior Lecturer
- Dr Rakhee Shah, Honorary Research Fellow
- Professor Joshua Solomon, Professor of Visual Psychophysics
- Dr Ahalya Subramanian, Associate Professor
- Dr Catherine Suttle, Lecturer in Optometry & Visual Science
- Dr Deanna Taylor, Lecturer in Optometry & Visual Sciences
- Professor Christopher Tyler, Professor of Visual Science
- Dr Kristina Zeljic Cozma, Postdoctoral Research Associate
The School of Health & Psychological Sciences brings together students and staff from over 60 countries and a global community of alumni and partners. Our goal is to create a truly international community for our staff and students, where a global outlook is embedded in our education, research and partnerships.
What we do
We provide future healthcare professionals with the education, training and skills they need in order to be employable and culturally-agile in an interconnected world.
We produce world-leading research that addresses issues of global concern and shapes policy and practice in the wider world.
We draw on our long-standing and new partnerships with world-leading universities, in order to provide global opportunities for staff, students and those who visit us.
Staff in the department of Optometry and Visual Science have strong teaching and research links and partnerships with Centres of Excellence, including:
- University of Florence, Italy.
- Calle Arcos de Jalón, Madrid, Spain.
- Huazhong University of Science and Technology and Tongji Hospital.
- University of Melbourne.
- University of Toronto.
- University of Ottawa.
- LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.
- Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
- The OCULUS consortium involving institutions in Europe, Israel and India.
- The European Glaucoma Research Training Programme (EGRIT) which recently held a workshop for early stage researchers from Netherlands, Germany, France, UK and Finland.
- Universities and Hospitals in Ghana, Tanzania and Botswana
- Undergraduate students currently have the opportunity for a funded visit to LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India for 2 weeks to undertake clinical observations. Read about BSc Optometry student Aaron Uraon's experience of this placement.
- Optometry PhD students currently undertake research in collaboration with institutions abroad including in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Finland.
For more information
For more information on the School’s international activities, please see details on each of the School's Departments pages.
To discuss opportunities for a partnership with the School of Health & Psychological Sciences, please contact: Dr Raheelah Ahmad, Director for Global Engagement for the School of Health & Psychological Sciences.
Where required, we provide students with PPE in order to ensure they can carry out their educational activities safely.
Our City Sight clinic offers a wide range of eye care services to the general public and local businesses in state-of-the-art facilities.
Optometry students benefit from a range of clinics and laboratories on campus and 3rd years students have the opportunity to work in our specialist clinic CitySight, with industry-standard equipment.