Optometry and Vision Science

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to become an optometrist or increase your clinical skills.


Optometry is the study of vision and the visual system.

Our study programmes cover the initial training required to become an optometrist (BSc  Optometry and postgraduate courses ) which allow qualified eye health professionals to increase their clinical and/or research skills.


The undergraduate optometry programme (BSc Hons Optometry) established in 1995 is a high profile component of the University’s portfolio of undergraduate courses. It is based at the Coleraine campus.

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With only about 35-40 students in each year, it is one of the UK’s smallest courses, providing plenty of opportunity for students to get to know their classmates as well as students from other years and the staff.

Another bonus is that staff get to know students well too and can help them to achieve the very best learning experience they can.

Students learn through a wide variety of methods including lectures, laboratory-based practicals, group and individual research projects and an extensive range of clinical work.

Key Facts

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The cost and quality of student accommodation in Coleraine is amongst the best in the UK

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100% of our graduates are typically in professional jobs within 6 month of graduation

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Ranked #1 in the UK for Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics(source: The Complete University Guide - 2020)

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Our world-recognised researchers train PhD students in the Optometry and Vision Science Research Group

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Clinical experience is provided on-campus in our own Optometry Clinic and in NHS placements

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30% to 50% of our students come from outside Northern Ireland

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100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2014,2015 and 2016

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Patrick Richardson was voted UK Optometry Lecturer of the year 2018

Find out about the Optometry Clinic and a list of all courses on offer, including the College of Optometrists  Professional  Certificates.

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On campus courses

View course page for Advanced Clinical Optometry - MSc

Distance learning MSc provides the opportunity for optometrists to develop their clinical skills and to undertake extended clinical roles.

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2021/22

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View course page for Advanced Clinical Optometry - MSc

Distance learning MSc provides the opportunity for optometrists to develop their clinical skills and to undertake extended clinical roles.

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

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View course page for Health Physiology / Healthcare Science - BSc (Hons)

The BSc Hons Health Physiology programme is ideal for students who are interested in technology, health and wellbeing.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

Jordanstown campus

UCAS code: B123

View course page for Nursing (Mental Health) - BSc (Hons)

Take your desire to care for people and learn to nurse in a compassionate and respectful way that promotes dignity and wellbeing.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

Magee campus

UCAS code: B760

View course page for Optometry - BSc (Hons)/MOptom (Hons)

At Ulster we offer a 3-year BSc (Hons) Optometry or a 4-year Masters with Honours Optometry degree.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2021/22

Coleraine campus

UCAS code: B510

View course page for Optometry - BSc (Hons)/MOptom (Hons)

BSc Hons/MOptom - Optometry at Ulster University.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

Coleraine campus

UCAS code: B510

View course page for Pharmaceutical Biosciences - MSci (Hons)

An integrated masters degree that will captivate your interest in chemistry and prepare you for a career in the global biopharmaceutical industry.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

Coleraine campus

UCAS code: 9GOW

View course page for Pharmacy - MPharm (Hons)

The MPharm programme at Ulster will provide you with an academically challenging and vocationally relevant pharmacy education and training.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

Coleraine campus

UCAS code: B230

View course page for Podiatry - BSc (Hons)

Podiatry at Ulster - 100% employment for graduates within 3 months.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

Jordanstown campus

UCAS code: B985

View course page for Psychology with optional placement year - BSc (Hons)

Psychology at Ulster University promises high quality teaching in a supportive learning environment.

Full-time Undergraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

Coleraine campus

UCAS code: C820

View course page for Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists - PgCert

Postgraduate Certificate in The Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2021/22

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View course page for Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists - PgCert

Postgraduate Certificate in The Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

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Online courses

View course page for Advanced Clinical Optometry - MSc

Distance learning MSc provides the opportunity for optometrists to develop their clinical skills and to undertake extended clinical roles.

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2021/22

eLearning

View course page for Advanced Clinical Optometry - MSc

Distance learning MSc provides the opportunity for optometrists to develop their clinical skills and to undertake extended clinical roles.

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

eLearning

View course page for Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists - PgCert

Postgraduate Certificate in The Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2021/22

eLearning

View course page for Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists - PgCert

Postgraduate Certificate in The Theory of Independent Prescribing for Optometrists

Part-time Postgraduate course

Year of entry: 2020/21

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Professional Certificates in Optometry


Online courses accredited by the  College of Optometrists