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Cardiff University Master of Optometry
Cardiff University

Master of Optometry

Cardiff, United Kingdom

4 Years


Full time

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Sep 2024

GBP 28,200 / per year *


* for overseas | for home year two, three and four: £9,250 / year one: £9,000


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 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 eye care 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.

Why Study this Course

This programme will provide you with the scientific and clinical knowledge to register as an optometrist with the General Optical Council.

Embedded Higher Qualifications

Our programmes have embedded higher professional qualifications which enable you to specialise in a particular area of interest.

96% Employment

96% of our graduates were in highly skilled jobs 15 months after their course ended. (Graduate Outcomes 2020/21 survey)

£22 Million Optometry Facility

Our School is housed in a dedicated £22 million optometry facility with an in-built eye clinic.

Research-active Staff Involved in Course Design and Delivery

Most of our teaching staff are practising researchers and, in many cases, leading experts in their fields.


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