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Why study with us?


Embedded higher professional qualifications

Included higher professional qualifications in our programmes let you to specialise in an 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.


New MOptom Optometry programmes

Our new MOptom programmes are registerable degrees, meaning that no separate pre-registration year is needed and you will qualify as an optometrist when you graduate.


Research-active staff involved in course design and delivery

Most of our teaching staff are practicing researchers and leading experts in their fields.


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Learn at one of the leading Optometry Schools in the UK, ranked 2nd in the Complete University Guide 2024.

Studying optometry at Cardiff has been a great experience for me. Alongside using advanced optometric technologies and working with real patients, the stand-out aspect is the sense of community between students, lecturers and supervisors.
Elicia Perkins - optometry graduate


Entry year

Optometry (MOptom)

Full time, 4 years

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

Optometry with Preliminary Year (MOptom)

Full time, 5 years

This 5-year programme consists of a foundation year followed by our 4-year MOptom programme, and will provide you with the required knowledge to register as an optometrist..

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Hear what our students say

We're a friendly, innovative and welcoming school with a passion for optometry. We’re proud of our strong student community and both our students and graduates describe studying here as a ‘family like environment’. Hear what some of our students say about studying here.

International student studying optometry

2nd year international student, Douglas from Singapore tells his story of travelling to Wales to study optometry at Cardiff University.

UK student studying optometry

2nd year student Maia tells her story of studying optometry at Cardiff University, talking about the highlights of the course and student life in Cardiff.

What is an Optometrist?

The role of an optometrist is expanding – discover more about this exciting healthcare profession.

Our School

Our School is based in a £22 million purpose-built optometry facility and is situated at the Maindy Park Innovation Campus. We are conveniently located close to the other academic buildings, the Students’ Union, city centre shops, attractive parkland and several of the student residences.

Along with our outstanding research facilities, we also have dedicated undergraduate facilities to ensure you have the best experience possible, including our own eye clinic which is open to the public and provides in-house placements for students.

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Our courses

Find out more about our undergraduate, postgraduate taught, postgraduate research and CPD courses.

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Our School

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The optometry course at Cardiff is second to none. The quality of research being conducted is outstanding, and that manifests itself in the quality of teaching; I always felt as though I was surrounded by professors, lecturers and supervisors that are truly passionate about what they do.
Drew Johnson - optometry graduate

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Guaranteed accommodation

If you arrive in September, you're guaranteed a single occupancy room, and you'll be allocated with other first-year students.

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Student life

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