Optometry and Vision Science


Optometrists play a crucial role in primary health care, examining the population’s eyes, diagnosing vision problems including minor eye infections and providing treatment. 

Areas of study

Optometry covers both vision science (the structure and function of the whole visual system) and clinical optometry including diagnosis and management of visual disorders. 

You can study Optometry and Vision Science in the following programmes:

What you will learn

You will gain an extensive knowledge of optics, anatomy and physiology of the visual system, ocular pharmacology, pathology, and immunology, as well as therapeutics. The programme will also give you skills in communication, empathy and problem-solving, particularly when providing services to children, the elderly and the partially sighted. Your work in the management and co-management with ophthalmology of eye diseases and infections will be rewarding. 

Career opportunities

Studying at postgraduate levels allow students to broaden their skills and pursue their interests in the field with opportunities provided for self-directed research - more information.

More information

Optometry and Vision Science Handbook

Postgraduate Study at the School of Optometry