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Optometry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (QS) Dublin, Ireland
Optometry graduates (Ophthalmic Opticians) Dublin Institute Of Technology at are health care professionals who provide primary eye care services. They carry out eye examinations to diagnosis vision defects including myopia (shortsight), hyperopia (longsight), astigmatism and presbyopia and prescribe spectacles.
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Overview

The optometrist’s eye examination will detect eye diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and age related macular degeneration. Optometry graduates at Dublin Institute Of Technology  are also able to detect ocular signs of systemic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure and diabetes. Patients are referred to doctors by optometrists if medical attention is required. Optometrists in Ireland do not treat eye disease - this is done by the medical profession.

Career Opportunities

After graduation you are eligible to take the Professional Qualifying Examinations of the Association of Optometrists, Ireland. The BSc Optometry and success in these Professional Qualifying Examinations are academic and professional requirements for registration with CORU (the Health and Social Care Professionals Council). Most newly qualified Optometrists work in established practices in Ireland or the UK. Registration in the UK is possible once you are registered in Ireland.

What will I Study?

The first year of the Optometry course focuses on the relevant science subjects necessary for optometric training. Clinical teaching commences in year 1 with Vision Science, which aims to equip the student with some of the core clinical skills necessary for the routine eye examination. The clinical training increases throughout the course.

In the third and fourth year of the programme students are taught how to apply their scientific knowledge in a modern, purpose built clinic, the National Optometry Centre (N.O.C.), based at the DIT Kevin Street, with state of the art facilities and equipment.

Students learn to:

  • Perform an eye examination to determine if spectacles are required
  • Choose suitable spectacle frames and lenses based on a detailed knowledge of a wide-range of optical appliances
  • Fit contact lenses
  • Identify eye related  disease so that a patient may be appropriately managed and referred if necessary
  • Carry out specialised clinics in: Low Vision, Aged Vision, Paediatrics, Binocular Vision
  • Use specialised ophthalmic diagnostic and imaging instrumentation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    240 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Vision Science
  • Ophthalmic Optics & Dispensing
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Physical Optics
  • Physics for Health Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Clinical Optometry
  • Optical Dispensing
  • Binocular vision

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    92

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:

    550

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants must apply through the CAO system. 
  • Applicants must have obtained a full award. A Component Certificate is not sufficient. 
  • The best 8 modules are used for ranking purposes for a reserved quota of places on a number of courses.
  • A major award may be accumulated over more than one academic year.  In such cases it is the responsibility of the applicant to apply to QQI for a major award where courses are taken over more than one year.
  • Applicants presenting full QQI Level 5 awards will not be required to meet minimum entry requirements based on Leaving Certificate results. The QQI Level 5 award is accepted in its own right.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    3819 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3819 EUR per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dublin

  • 1100 - 1800 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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