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This distinctive course integrates theory, research, science and clinical practice right from the start. What makes it unique is that it’s the first optometry degree to incorporate the College of Optometrists’ pre-registration period within the course. That means that once you graduate, you’ll be a fully registered optometrist.

During your degree, you’ll have access to the latest specialist laboratories, equipment and simulation facilities, and take part in innovative methods of learning that embed evidence-based practice and knowledge.

Work experience is a vital part of the course, and you’ll have placements in hospitals and community practice, getting a taste of different career paths.

Why choose this course?

Our exceptional 4-year integrated programme provides a unique opportunity to explore all aspects of Optometry, integrating theory, research and practice throughout.

Benefits of studying Optometry at the University of Hertfordshire include:

  • New simulation facilities 
  • An opportunity to develop your skills with surrogate patients before entering work settings
  • The incorporation of the College of Optometrists’ pre-registration year means that upon completion of your degree you will be a registered Optometrist
  • Access to a variety of practice placements including placements in hospitals
  • At the end of your degree you will be eligible for membership of the General Optical Council, allowing you to practice professionally within the UK.

Find out more about our Optometry and Postgraduate Medicine staff

What job can I get?

Once you graduate, you’ll be a fully registered optometrist with the General Optical Council. You’ll be qualified to perform a comprehensive eye examination, give advice on visual and ocular problems and prescribe optical appliances. You may want to work within an NHS healthcare team, private practice, industry or academia.

Professional Accreditations

The University of Hertfordshire currently holds provisional approval from the GOC to provide the Master of Optometry (MOptom). Whilst under provisional approval students recruited on to the programme are not guaranteed entry to the GOC Register and may be required to undertake additional assessments through an alternative GOC approved education provider in the event that any aspect of the programme when delivered does not satisfy the GOC standards. This is a standard process for all institutions offering optometry. No optometry student is guaranteed full registration until successfully completing a recognised qualification. 

Course details


A career in Optometry is a rewarding one, offering you the opportunity to combine your interests in science and practice. Once you have graduated you may join the NHS healthcare team or private practice, working in a choice of environments along with a competitive salary.

Additionally, technical roles within the industry are a popular route for those graduating with an MOptom.

Teaching methods

You will undertake your studies both on campus as well as on clinical placements.

Teaching will be delivered in lecture theatres and our state of the art medical simulation centre, equipped with 14 dedicated optometry practice cubicles and 4 specialist laboratories.

A variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, seminars and practical classes will be employed throughout your degree, supported by computer-assisted and self-directed study. This flexible approach promotes student involvement, utilising a broad mix of progressive approaches.

Work Placement

In preparation for life after graduation, work placements and practice is integrated throughout the programme. This will allow you to gain hands on work experience, applying theory into practice. Our students will complete work placements in years 3 and 4 including a placement in hospital. These placements are based within local NHS Trust Hospitals, optical companies who manage multiple practices and community practice, to give you a taste of the different career paths available to you.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Practice 1 - 0 Credits
  • Fundamentals of Optical Science - 15 Credits
  • Laboratory Optics - 15 Credits
  • Dispensing and Contact Lenses 1 - 30 Credits
  • Visual Applied Optics - 15 Credits
  • Foundations of Optometric Practice - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Abnormal Ocular Conditions and Pharmacology - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Practice 2 - 0 Credits
  • Clinical Skills for Optometry 1 - 30 Credits
  • Advanced Clinical Skills - 30 Credits
  • Dispensing and Contact Lenses 2 - 30 Credits


Level 6

Core Modules

  • Advanced Techniques - 30 Credits
  • Evidence Based Practice for Optometry - 15 Credits
  • Professional Practice for Optometry - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Practice 3 - 0 Credits
  • Clinical Skills for Optometry 2 - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Skills for Optometry 3 - 30 Credits


Level 7

Core Modules

  • Clinical Skills for Optometry 4 - 30 Credits
  • Clinical Competence in Optometry - 30 Credits
  • Ophthalmic Project - 30 Credits
  • Optometry for the Workplace - 30 Credits


Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
  • Registration fee of £3,400 to the College of Optometrists in 2 payments in years 3 and 4.
  • General Optical Council fee (currently £20)
  • Personal optical equipment will need to be purchased on beginning your second year (estimated cost £1,500)

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

136 - 168 UCAS points 

GCSEs and A Levels

A minimum of 5 GCSEs including English Language, Mathematics, and a Science all at grade 5 (B). Applicants are required to have studied Mathematics beyond GCSE level. A minimum of 136 points at A-Level including at least two A-Levels at the higher grades from science subjects (i.e. Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry). One of the science A Levels must be from Biology or Mathematics (the other must be taken to AS Level). At least two A-Levels (and no more than 4, must be included in the tariff points calculation. A Levels in General Studies and the Extended Project are excluded. AS Levels are not included in the tariff calculation. Resit students will require a minimum of an A grade in the subjects being re-examined (if they satisfy the above).


BTEC Extended Diploma with a science profile at DDD (must be a health or science based subject to include Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology/Human Biology) plus one science A level (either Biology or Maths) at minimum Grade B. 

International Baccalaureate (IB)

IB overall score of 34 points to include at least two from Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology at Higher Level Grade 5. either Biology or Maths must be included at Higher Level Grade 5. 

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Access to HE Diploma

Access Diploma in Science, Medicine or Allied Health to include 60 credits overall (must include Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics) with 45 at Level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction (to include Biology or Maths) and the remaining 15 at merit. 15 credits must be in Biology and 15 credits in maths. 

Scottish Highers

136 points including 2 sciences from Chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology at B grade - at least one from Biology or Maths must be included.

Irish Leaving Certificate

136 points (from at least 6 subjects) with B1 in two sciences (chemistry, Maths, Physics or Biology) both at higher level - at least one from Biology or Maths must be included at higher level. 

Candidates with equivalent qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Alternative routes to entry

  • The Initial Year in Optometry course offered by City and Islington College is also an acceptable route of entry for this course.
  • Degree in a relevant science or health related discipline, with a degree classification of upper second or first class. 
  • A Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing or Diploma in Ophthalmic Dispensing with a minimum overall score of 75%. 

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

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