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Dr Michelle Hennelly

MSC Programme Director

School of Health Sciences, Division of Optometry and Visual Sciences

Contact Information


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M107, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Dr Hennelly is the MSc Programme Director for the MSc in Clinical Optometry, MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Clinical Optometry) and MSc in Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care (Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner). She is a qualified optometrist who completed her PhD at City University in 2002. During her time at City, she have been a Clinical supervisor, Special techniques teacher at the Fight for Sight Eye Clinic and the Contact Lens Referral Clinic Co-ordinator and Practitioner.

Dr Hennelly is a highly experienced optometrist, specialising in Masters and Continuing Education and Training in the field of postgraduate Optometry.

Following a degree in Ophthalmic Optics at University of Wales, Dr Hennelly completed her pre-registration year at the Visual Assessment Department at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London.

Dr Hennelly was awarded a PhD for her research into contact lenses at City University, London. Upon completion of her Doctoral Thesis, entitled 'The light scattering characteristics of the normal and contact lens wearing eye', Dr Hennelly was asked to join the staff at the Department of Optometry. Since this time, she has specialised in the Masters Programme in Clinical Optometry. In addition, she became the CET co-ordinator and editor for the City University CET series run in conjunction with Optometry Today.

Currently, Dr Hennelly is responsible for the many students who attend the various MSc/CET modules at the University. She has run over 140 three-day modules, developed 15 MSc courses in addition to organising and editing four distance learning courses and co-ordinated and edited over 150 CET articles. She has been instrumental in devising the prescribing programme and in securing GOC and College of Optometrist professional accreditation and CET approval for every aspect of the Postgraduate programme.


BSc (Hons); MCOptom; PhD

Administrative roles/Clinical activity

- Member of Board of Studies
- Member of PG Forum
- Member of PG Programme Committee
- Member of PG Staff Student Liaison Committee
- School of Health Science periodic review panel member. 


Research areas

- Driver vision screening
- Ocular therapeutics and ocular disease.

Research Students

Anne-Marie Cullinane

Thesis title: Driver Screening in Ireland

Sheetal Patel

Thesis title: Enhanced Eye Services


Modules taught on

- Module Lead
- Co-module leader - Principles of Therapeutics
- Co-module leader - Principles of Prescribing
- Primary eye care
- Diabetes
- Therapeutics.

Other Activities

Events/conferences (6)

  1. College of Optometrists Annual Conference. (1998).
  2. British Congress of Optometry. (1997).
  3. The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). (1997).
  4. The ageing eye - light scattering changes with age.
  5. The light scattering characteristics of the eye.
  6. Factors affecting the integrated straylight parameter in the normal human eye.