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The undergraduate optometry programme at Ulster University was established in 1995 and is approved by the General Optical Council for training professional optometrists.  Students can graduate with either a BSc Hons or a Masters in Optometry (MOptom) Hons.

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

Key Information

UCAS code: B510

Full-time Undergraduate

Year of entry: 2023/24

Coleraine campus

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

Key Information

UCAS code: B510

Full-time Undergraduate

Year of entry: 2022/23

Coleraine campus

About the optometry course

Optometry is a well-established and high profile component of the University’s portfolio of undergraduate courses.

Both the three-year BSc Hons or four-year Masters in Optometry (MOptom) Hons are based on the Coleraine campus and provide a diverse but structured curriculum of teaching, learning and assessment, enabling students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of the subject.

Teaching is informed by high quality research in a wide range of areas including, for example, visual and geometrical optics, paediatric vision care and glaucoma detection.

A variety of teaching and learning methods are utilised including lectures, laboratory-based practicals and an extensive range of clinical work.

Much of the clinical teaching is undertaken in Ulster University’s Optometry Clinic.

The clinic contains a wide range of ophthalmic equipment for both teaching and research and is a public access primary care clinic.

Clinical experience is also provided in NHS hospitals.

BSc versus MOptom: Apply for either through UCAS. Regardless of which route you apply through (BSc or MOptom) the entrance criteria are identical and, depending on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2, you will have the opportunity to continue onto the four-year Integrated Masters or remain on the three-year BSc programme.

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