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About us

We are the only optometric training department in Wales, and one of the largest in the UK.

Ranked No. 1 for Optometry in The Complete University Guide, 2017 & 2018, and voted 'School of the Year' in the 2017 Celebrating Excellence Awards, we have a world-class reputation for research and are committed to providing high quality teaching.

We also run our own eye clinic and our teaching, research and clinical practice are all housed in our purpose built building, giving us the facilities we need to achieve our ambitions.


Our researchers aim to facilitate the detection, diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of vision disorders.

Our research has a real and lasting impact on the quality of life and learning opportunities for people both locally and globally. We are improving eye care and education for children with Down's syndrome, working with leading space engineers to detect earliest stages of age-related macular degeneration, and investigating new treatment regimes for diseases such as cataracts.

Over 40% of our research outputs were rated as 'internationally excellent' or better in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.


Our students benefit from hands on experience, involvement from our internationally renowned academic staff and our purpose built facilities.

Training the next generation of optometrists

We train our students to a high standard. 100% of our 2017 graduates were in work six months after graduating.

Our students' pass rates for the optometric Professional Qualifying Examinations are consistently been higher than average pass rate. Passing these examinations is essential before becoming an independently practicing optometrist.

Postgraduate opportunities

Our postgraduate research programme provides opportunities for students to gain experience working with world-renowned research leaders, their teams and their collaborators, and gain the skills necessary to pursue a successful academic career on completion.

We provide postgraduate taught courses as well as short courses through our Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Centre. The Centre is the first postgraduate education centre for optometry in the world. A large choice of courses are available via a combination of distance learning, e-learning and practical days.