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City has a long and respected history of delivering optical education, originally opening in 1898 as the Northampton Institute before merging with City in 1967.

Since then we have gained a reputation as the capital’s leading institution for optometry teaching and are currently ranked 2nd in London for subjects allied to medicine (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021).

Our curriculum is at the cutting-edge of optometry and visual science practice; courses are delivered by a passionate academic team, many of whom are involved in international research. Students benefit from industry standard clinical teaching facilities including our own specialist clinic City Sight. Opened in 2016, City Sight is a fully functional public eye clinic and research centre and gives our students the opportunity to develop their skills working with real patients before they graduate.

We have long established partnerships with the optical sector, undergraduates benefit from clinical placements at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the UK’s leading eye hospital.

Our BSc (Hons) Optometry degree has a 94% overall student satisfaction (NSS 2020). The course is accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC), meaning on successful graduation and completion of the pre-registration year, graduates from the course are eligible to gain registration with the GOC and practice as a qualified optometrist. As a City student you will benefit from teaching informed by the cutting-edge research from within the Division of Optometry & Visual Sciences, excellent clinical facilities and unique clinical placements.

Our Masters courses are designed to meet the rapidly changing academic, clinical and professional development needs of optometrists working in practice. We are the first university to offer the full suite of Professional Certificates accredited by the College of Optometrists, including Glaucoma, Low Vision, Paediatric Optometry and Medical Retina and the only university to offer the Professional Higher Certificate in Contact Lenses. Courses are offered both as full-time Masters programmes, or can be taken on a module-by-module basis, as part of our CPPD offering.

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The School of Health Sciences delivers world-leading healthcare research that impacts policy, service delivery and practice. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 82% of our research activity was rated as either ‘World Class’ or ‘Internationally Excellence’. Many academic staff from the School are research active and are recognised in both the UK and overseas for their contributions to the healthcare sector.

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 and is 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.


The School of Health Sciences has two main locations, Myddelton Street where all academic and support staff are based; this is also where the Student Helpdesk can be found and at City's main campus Northampton Square. The School’s specialist teaching facility the Clinical Skills Centre is based within The Tait Building in Northampton Square, this is where the majority of teaching takes place.

Many of our courses include placement modules with students gaining clinical experience at some of London’s leading hospitals including Bart’s Health NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the East London NHS Foundation Trust and Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Locations are illustrated on the map below.

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