MOptom Master of Optometry

  • 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.

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.

What will I study?

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.

Professional Accreditations

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


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.