Guide to Studying Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics

What is Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics?

  • Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics deals with the anatomy, physiology, and diseases that affect the eyes, including performing operations on them.
  • Many diseases can be diagnosed from looking at the eyes, and there are several maladies that can effect the eyes only, such as blindness, cataracts and glaucoma.

Why study Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics?

  • This course is for students who would like to train as an optician, while also gaining a degree with a strong focus on practical working experience.
  • In a competitive job market, Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics leads to a secure and rewarding career, helping people regain and restore their sight.
  • Most university courses in Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics contain plenty of links to real world experience as part of the degree experience.
  • In a world where numerous courses can be abstract and not teach many practical skills to graduates, Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics offers niche knowledge and an incredibly useful skillset.
  • Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics is a good course to do as an MA, but also has plenty of links into further study of other health sciences.

Coursework, assessment and exams

  • Courses are assessed through a variety of ways. Some are done by coursework and presentations, but the majority of courses focus on end of semester examinations. There is plenty of contact time in lectures and seminars, so students will have time and space to pick their expert professors' brains.

What degree can I get? 

  • BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • BSc Orthoptics
  • BSc Professional Practice
  • BSc Health and Veterinary Studies (Orthoptics)

What qualifications do I need?

  • Grade requirements depend on the university.
  • Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you are interested in.

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What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  • There is an exciting range of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level.
  • Examples include straight MAs in Ophthalmics, as well as masters in Clinical Ophthalmology, Vision Research, Diabetes and the Eye, Glaucoma Studies, and Vision and Strabismus.

Graduate job prospects

*Professional employment refers to a job or occupation which normally requires a degree.

**Non-professional employment refers to a job or occupation which doesn't normally require a degree.

What are the job opportunities?

  • Optometry, Ophthalmology & Orthoptics degrees teach students transferable skills, such as presentation, research and communication, as well as rare medical knowledge, combined with discipline, and skills in working with people.
  • Particular job areas include, as well as ophthalmologist, in radiography, dietician, optician, GP or hospital doctor, optometrist, or orthoptist.
  • Numerous companies offer graduate schemes in this subject, including the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.