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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.
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.