Our innovative, clinically focussed programme will provide you with scientific and clinical knowledge to register as an optometrist and deliver high quality patient-centred eye healthcare. We combine progressive healthcare education, high quality patient care, world class research, and exceptional clinical and teaching facilities to inspire you to become an outstanding optometrist. Today’s optometrists are autonomous eyecare clinicians who play a direct role in improving patients’ eyesight and eye health. Optometrists practise in diverse healthcare settings including community, hospital and domiciliary environments. They work with patients and the general public to assess, diagnose, treat and manage problems with the eyes and visual system. They may help patients by prescribing optical appliances such as spectacles and contact lenses, by managing eye health problems including with therapeutic drug or laser treatments, as well as providing preventative, rehabilitative and other eye care management advice to members of the public. Eye healthcare is a rapidly evolving field, and registered optometrists can choose to train further in an expanding range of clinical sub-specialities. Many of today’s optometrists prescribe medicines for eye problems independently of a doctor, and play a vital role in eye healthcare teams. Our programme will allow you to gain the knowledge and skills to register as an optometrist with the General Optical Council. You will learn to manage confidently and autonomously a wide range of optical and medical eye problems at qualification. You will have unique opportunities to observe and work in our in-house University specialist eye clinics led by our highly qualified multi-disciplinary eyecare team. Later, during your programme, you will take on more responsibility for patient care and hone your clinical skills whilst working both during your extended clinical placement organised by the College of Optometrists and in our University specialist clinics. Embedded in our programme are opportunities to achieve selected higher qualifications from the College of Optometrists, preparing you for expanding roles and future changes in the optometric profession. You will establish an excellent foundation for further specialist postgraduate clinical or research career pathways, and you will be well prepared to address lifelong learning, leadership and professional development challenges, allowing you to thrive in modern UK optometric practice. Distinctive features:
- Ranked No 1: We are ranked 1st for Optometry in the Complete University Guide 2022.
- £22 million self-contained optometry facility with on-site specialist ophthalmic teaching clinics: Equipped with advanced diagnostic technology, our School is unique in delivering innovative NHS specialist ophthalmology services as well as optometric community clinics, allowing early clinical exposure from Year 1.
- College of Optometrists (COptom) accredited higher qualifications: Our programme offers a range of COptom professional certificates to allow an enhanced scope of clinical practice on registration, and to accelerate your progress if you choose to undertake further advanced postgraduate clinical training.
- Accredited by the General Optical Council (GOC): This course is an integrated Masters programme, taught by internationally renowned researchers and clinicians, and meets the high quality standards in education set out by the GOC. On completion of the MOptom, you will have undertaken at least 48 weeks of learning in clinical environments, and you will be eligible to register and practise independently as an optometrist in the UK.
How to apply
This course has limited vacancies, and is no longer accepting applications from some students. See the list below for where you normally live, to check if you’re eligible to apply.
Republic of Ireland
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Further information for International applicants can be found at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/international
We do not accept Critical Thinking, General Studies, Citizenship Studies, or other similar equivalent subjects. We will accept a combination of BTEC subjects, A-levels, and other qualifications, subject to the course specific grade and subject requirements.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
If we can’t make a decision based on the information you provided in your application, we may contact you for clarification or ask you to attend an interview.
English language requirements
All applicants are expected to have demonstrable English language skills. Most courses ask for GCSE English grade C/4 or equivalent, but some courses ask for GCSE English grade B/6 or equivalent.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Cardiff University has many scholarships on offer to our prospective students. Please see our website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/funding/scholarships for further information.