MOptom Master of Optometry
Typical offer:Entry requirements
UCAS code: B510
Institute code: H36
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UCAS points A Level BTEC 136-144
AAB-AAA: At least two A-Levels (and no more than 4, must be included in the tariff points calculation. 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. Resit students will require a minimum of an A grade in the subjects being re-examined (if they satisfy the above). A-Levels in General Studies and the Extended Project are excluded. AS Levels are not included in the tariff calculation. Applicants are ideally, required to have studied Mathematics beyond GCSE level.
DDD: BTEC Extended Diploma with a science profile (not including early years or health and social care): DDD. (Must be science based subject to include Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Human Biology, Applied Science) PLUS 1 A level maths or biology at minimum grade B.
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade 5/B or above including 5/B in English Language, Mathematics and Science.
All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 7.0 in each band.
If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
For more details on the University of Hertfordshire's entry requirements, please visit our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page.
Find out more about International Entry Requirements.
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.
The Master of Optometry degree is accredited by the General Optical Council. Full registration with the General Optical Council is gained after successful completion of the degree.
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Why choose this course?
- 1st in the East of England for Optometry, Ophthalmics & Orthoptics (2023 Complete University Guide)
- Strong clinical focus with practice throughout and access to our bespoke clinical facilities
- Integrated Masters leading to full registration
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 period 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 full registration with the General Optical Council, allowing you to practice professionally within the UK.
What's the course about?
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.
Your main campus is College Lane
This is where the creative arts, science and health-related subjects are based. This means you’ll share the campus with future nurses, scientists, artists and more. You can use the common rooms to relax with friends, work out in the 24-hour gym or have a drink in our on-campus pub or cafes. We also have restaurants for you to eat in or grab something on the go. Our Learning Resources Centres are open 24/7, which means you can study whenever suits you best. Want to pop over to the other campus? You can take the free shuttle bus or walk there in just 15 minutes.
What will I study?
You will undertake your studies both on campus as well as on university arranged clinical placements.
Teaching will be delivered in lecture theatres and our state-of-the-art laboratories and clinical suites, equipped with state of the art equipment and bespoke optometry cubicles.
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. The use of surrogate and simulated experience allows for clinical practice in a safe and supervised environment. This flexible approach promotes student involvement, utilising a broad mix of progressive approaches.
Module Credits Compulsory/optional 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 Anatomy and Physiology 30 Credits Compulsory
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
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
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
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, specialist clinics, independent community practices, and with optical companies who manage multiple practice; to give you a taste of the different career paths available to you.
What's next for my career?
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.
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 in private practice, within the hospital eye service, industry or academia.
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Further information - includes assessment method
Course fact sheets Master of Optometry Download Master of Optometry Download Programme specifications Master of Optometry Download Master of Optometry (MOptom) Download Additional information
Sandwich placement or study abroad year
Applications open to international and EU students
- Full Time, 4 Years
- University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
How to apply?
International/EU applicants without pre-settled status in the UK
Apply through our international/EU application portal
Home and EU applicants with pre-settled/settled status in the UK
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Start Date End Date Link 23/09/2023 22/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time) 28/09/2023 27/05/2024 Apply online (Full Time)
Start Date End Date Link 23/09/2024 22/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time) 28/09/2024 27/05/2025 Apply online (Full Time)
Fees and funding
- £9250 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £14750 for the 2023/2024 academic year
- £14750 for the 2023/2024 academic year
General Optical Council fee (currently £30)
Personal optical equipment will need to be purchased on beginning your second year (estimated cost £1,500)
*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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Living costs / accommodation
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