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BSc (Hons) Optometry


GCU’s Optometry programme is designed to provide the theoretical and practical training to equip graduates with advanced clinical skills which they will use to work as independent eyecare professionals.

Optometrists are eyecare professionals who detect sight problems and prescribe and fit glasses as well as contact lenses and other visual aids. Optometrists also detect and manage a variety of eye conditions such as Glaucoma and Age-related macular degeneration.

Optometrists in Scotland have an extended healthcare role compared to elsewhere in the UK. The advanced knowledge and clinical skills that optometrists need to fulfil this role are at the centre of our four-year Optometry programme. 

Quick Facts

Duration: 4 years (full-time)
Starting Date: September
Tuition Fee: £11,500 / year (intl. students)
Location: Glasgow, UK

We offer a high-quality clinical and didactic education that is highly rated by students. As an integral part of their studies, students benefit from a wide range of clinical experiences in our purpose-built on-campus Vision Centre.

GCU has been the hub for non-medical eye-care education in Scotland since 1971 and remains the only institution in Scotland to offer a degree programme in Optometry.

Career Opportunities

Employment prospects are excellent and our graduates are highly rated by employers throughout the UK. Opportunities include private optometric practice, hospital eye services, teaching and research. 

Graduates become qualified optometrists after one year’s supervised clinical practice and successful completion of the Scheme for Registration run by The College of Optometrists.

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l couldn’t have asked for a better place to learn. Without a shadow of a doubt I owe my career to GCU. The opportunities I had as a student were second to none. Not just through the lectures and seminars but the high-quality equipment and facilities students have access to such as the television and radio studios.

Colin Stone,

Undergraduate student at GCU

Course Contents

  • Foundations of Optics

  • Ophthalmic Anatomy & Physiology

  • Ophthalmic Materials

  • Refraction & Binocular Vision

  • Diagnostic Techniques

  • Refraction & Binocular Vision 2

  • General & Systemic Pathology

  • Physiology & Microbiology

  • General & Ocular Diagnostic Pharmacology

  • Clinical Practice & Communication

  • Introductory Ocular Disease

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