Vision and Hearing Sciences


Our department is one of the founder members of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics, working as part of a network of eye care professionals across Europe to harmonise standards and practices in optometry and optics.

We offer courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level for more than 600 students who are studying full-time, part-time, and via distance learning and work-based learning. Our courses include:
  • Optometry
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Audiology
  • Postgraduate studies for an MPhil or PhD
Our courses are enhanced by our close links with employers and professional bodies, and by our highly experienced academic staff. We continue to develop new courses and innovative approaches to learning and teaching and look forward to the future with enthusiasm.

We are committed to ensuring our students have a learning experience that is second-to-none, supported by small class sizes and state-of-the-art clinical and teaching facilities, including our brand new eye clinic.

Professional recognition

Our BOptom (Hons), BSc (Hons) Ophthalmic Dispensing, and Foundation Degree in Ophthalmic Dispenisng are all fully accredited by the General Optical Council. In addition, we are one of only a handful of universities that offer a fully registerable Foundation Degree in Hearing Aid Audiology, accredited by the Hearing Aid Council.

Links with industry

Our Department has established links with a variety of organisations in the optical and healthcare sectors, including local hospitals and charitable organisations, the Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO), Specsavers Opticians, Boots Opticians, and the General Optical Council.

Good career prospects

We have one of the highest employability rates in the higher education sector. Some of our recent graduates have taken up employment with Dolland & Aitchison (D&A), Boots Opticians, Specsavers, Vision Express, Optical Express and independent practices.

First class, research-active staff

You will have access to a progressive team of academic, technical and support staff who are here to help you achieve your goals. All of the academic staff in the Department are clinically trained and registered. The majority of staff hold research degrees and are very active in research and other professional activities. This enriches the teaching environment, as students benefit from the latest research findings and ideas.

Great location

We are based on our University's Cambridge campus, close to the city centre and with ready access to local facilities.

Visiting our department

If you are thinking of studying one of our courses we strongly encourage you to visit our next Open Day. It's the best way for you to see exactly what we have to offer, have a tour of our facilities and chat to staff and students.

Smnika Kalsi

One of the best things about studying here at Anglia Ruskin is the size of the department and staff-to-student ratio. The department has a really personal feel, with students and lecturers knowing each other on first name terms - which certainly makes it easier to knock on a lecturer's door and ask them a question when you need to. The equipment and teaching facilities in the University Eye Clinic are also top class, and lectures, seminars and practical sessions are always well organised.

My family live in London, where I also work in an optician's practice at weekends - it really helps being able to put knowledge and skills I've learnt in the week into practice at the weekends. During the week I live in a student residence just across the road from the campus. I live with an Ophthalmic Dispensing student and two other third year Optometry students, which is always useful when revision time comes around!

Samnika Kalsi
BOptoms Optometry

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