Why Herts?
  • On this course, you will obtain an Integrated Masters leading to full registration
  • All placements that you undertake will be arranged and thoroughly supported by the university
  • On this course, you will have hands-on experience of integrated theory with practice

About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 Master of Optometry
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Master of Optometry

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.

Professional Accreditations

The University of Hertfordshire holds full approval from the GOC to provide the Master of Optometry (MOptom).

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.

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.

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 are 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 all years including placement in the hospital. These placements are based within local NHS Trust Hospitals, optical companies who manage multiple practices and independent community practice, to give you a taste of the different career paths available to you.


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Anatomy and Physiology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Practice 1 0 Credits Compulsory
    Fundamentals of Optical Science 15 Credits Compulsory
    Laboratory Optics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Dispensing and Contact Lenses 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Visual Applied Optics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Foundations of Optometric Practice 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Abnormal Ocular Conditions and Pharmacology 30 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Practice 2 0 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Skills for Optometry 1 30 Credits Compulsory
    Advanced Clinical Skills 30 Credits Compulsory
    Dispensing and Contact Lenses 2 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Advanced Techniques 30 Credits Compulsory
    Evidence Based Practice for Optometry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Practice for Optometry 15 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Practice 3 0 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Skills for Optometry 2 30 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Skills for Optometry 3 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Clinical Skills for Optometry 4 30 Credits Compulsory
    Clinical Competence in Optometry 30 Credits Compulsory
    Ophthalmic Project 30 Credits Compulsory
    Optometry for the Workplace 30 Credits Compulsory
  • 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

    Fees 2020

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2020/2021 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £13000 for the 2020/2021 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    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

    UCAS pointsA LevelBTEC

    AAB: 2 A Levels from science subjects i.e. Biology, Human Biology, Maths, Physics or Chemistry. A-Levels in General Studies and the Extended Project are excluded. Ideally Maths should be studied beyond GCSE level.

    DDD: BTEC Extended Diploma with a science profile (not including Early Years). Must be science-based subject to include Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology or Applied Science plus 1 A Level Mathematics or Biology at grade B or above.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
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    28/09/202127/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students