Optometry Programme


DT224 BSc (Hons) in Optometry

(TU Dublin, School of Physics & Clinical & Optometric Sciences)


Optometrists (also known as Ophthalmic Opticians) are health care professionals who provide primary eye care services. This 4-year honours degree programme provides an education in the sciences associated with vision and their practical application to the examination and assessment of visual functions and correction of sight by spectacles and contact lenses. As an Optometrist, you are responsible for the detection of eye diseases that may require medical attention. Conditions such as diabetes or multiple sclerosis are often first detected by an Optometrist.

The Optometry programme offered by TU Dublin's Faculty of Science is the only Optometry course in the Republic of Ireland.  A survey of DT224 optometry students by the School of Physics, in 2015, showed that 92% of optometry students would recommend the BSc Optometry programme to a friend.


  • Salary expectations for a newly qualified optometrists (as at January 2019) €45K+ per annum in the Republic of Ireland and up to £45K per annum in the UK (dependant on location).
  • No shift work
  • Unsociable hours minimal
  • No requirement to take work home
  • No finishing late (i.e. no unpaid overtime)
  • Flexible (can work as a locum)
  • Offers the opportunity to own and operate one’s own business


Optometry students are taught how to apply scientific knowledge in a modern, purpose built National Optometry Centre (NOC) based at the TU Dublin Kevin Street Campus, with state of the art facilities and equipment.

Students are trained to:

  • Perform an eye examination to determine if a correction is required
  • Chose suitable spectacle frames and lenses based on a detailed knowledge of a wide-range of optical appliances
  • Fit contact lenses
  • Identify eye related pathology 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


The majority of newly qualified Optometrists work in established practices in Ireland. Some graduates chose to start their own practices. Other graduate have pursued higher research degrees (Masters and Doctoral degrees) through TU Dublin and elsewhere. Opportunities also exist to undertake industrial research and to work in hospitals (usually abroad).  Some optometrists are also employed by the HSE to work in hospitals and community care centres.




The first year of the Optometry course focuses on the relevant science subjects necessary for optometric training. Clinical teaching commences in year 1 with Visual 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 and students carry out eye examinations and fit contact lenses under supervision in the National Optometry Centre clinic from the beginning of third year. Advanced specialised clinical skills such as low vision and paediatrics are taught in the 4th year of the course. Students at the end of 4th year spend a period of 5 months (Jan-May) working in an Optometric practice under supervision (Students are responsible for their own upkeep during this period). This is designed to give the student workplace experience and skills, and to provide them with future employment prospects. This period may in future take place following graduation.

The BSc (Hons) degree programme summarised:

First Year


Second Year

Visual Science
Ophthalmic Optics & Dispensing
Geometrical Optics
Physical Optics
Physics for Health Science
Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
Cell Biology
Histology, Anatomy & Physiology
Cell Biology
Mathematics for Optometry
Learning Skills & Development
  Clinical Optometry
Physiology of Vision
Optical Dispensing
Binocular Vision
Contact Lens Practice
Ocular Biochemistry
Medical Physiology
Experimental Statistics
Intercultural Communications for Optometrists

Third Year


Fourth Year

Primary Care Clinic
Advanced Clinical Techniques
Contact Lens Practice
Binocular Vision
Ocular disease
Ocular and General Pharmacology
Physiology of Vision
Intercultural communication for Optometrists 


Supervised work placement
Primary Care Clinic
Contact Lenses
Occupational Vision
Paediatric Optometry
Vision Rehabilitation Optometry
Optometric Practice Management
Topics in Modern Optometry
Professional Studies

All Optometry and Ophthalmic Dispensing undergraduates are required to insert drops, contact lenses and probes (with ocular anaesthetic) into fellow students’ eyes and allow fellow students to insert the same into their eyes during the course of their programme. All procedures will be carried out in a safe, clean, clinical environment under the supervision of an optometry faculty member.

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BSc (Optometry) from the Technological University Dublin with grades of Pass, Lower Second Class Honours, Upper Second Class Honours or First Class Honours.

After graduation, you are required to pass the clinical examinations run by the Association of Optometrists, Ireland. Success in these examinations earns you the qualification F.A.O.I. (Fellow of the Association of Optometrists, Ireland). This qualification allows you to register with CORU as a fully qualified Optometrist to enable you to practice in your own right.  A TU Dublin degree in optometry allows graduates to apply for registration with the General Optical Council in order to work as an optometrist in the UK and Northern Ireland.  The U.S.A. and Canada do not accept Irish (or British) qualifications. This is due to American and Canadian optometrists having greater medical prescribing powers. Further study and examination will be required to practise in these countries.


  1. The Central Applications Office handle the applications for the programme- degree list, reference DT224
  2. Minimum entrance requirements: 6 LC subjects, 2 H5's one of which must be science related, 03/H7 in Maths, 06/H7 in English or Irish.
  3. At Least H4 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry or Biology.
  4. Other qualifications such as GCE and International Baccalaureate, may also be accepted if an equivalent standard is obtained.
  5. Realistic entrance requirements: In 2007 the points cut-off was 500.
  6. "Special category" applicants (e.g. those who are "mature", or who have third level qualifications) are given separate consideration by TU Dublin, but application is made to the CAO in the usual way. Formal interviews are conducted for short- listed applicants.
  7. The number of applicants accepted onto the programme each year is approximately 25.
  8. The above notes are intended for information only. Applicants are strongly advised to study the CAO handbook and the D.I.T Faculty of Science prospectus.
  9. All applicants are strongly advised to discuss the career of Optometry with a practising Optometrist before applying and accepting an offer of a place on the course.

FETAC Level 5 Minimum Entry Requirements

CASTL/5M3807 Applied Science - Labratory Techniques OR CASFX/5M5267 Food Science
  • 6 Distinctions with 5 Distinctions from 5N2751 Laboratory Skills 
  • C20041 / 5N0737 Microbiology
  • C20022 / 5N2748 Food Chemistry
  • C20048 / 5N1460 Physics
  • C20140 / 5N2006 Nutrition
  • C20006 / 5N2746 Biology
  • C20011 / 5N2747 Chemistry
  • D20001 / 5N0749 Anatomy and Physiology
  • B20029 / 5N2066 Statistics
A distinction in C20139 / 5N1833 Mathmatics OR Leaving certificate mathematics OB3 or 03/H7
Plus Interview    

Mature or Non-Standard Applicants

  • Evidence of relevant successful third level studies or secondary level attainments which include Mathematics at the equivalent of Leaving Certificate grade O4 or higher and English or Irish at the equivalent of Leaving Certificate grade O5 or higher
  • Success at interview
  • Motivation and experience will be considered as part of the interview process

Garda Vetting

Students will be required to undergo Garda Vetting. Students must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Students with previous addresses outside of the Republic of Ireland will be required to provide evidence of vetting by the relevant authority in which the address is located and at their own cost.

Currently Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student.


English language requirement: Applicants must have 6.5 in each component in the IELTS (Academic version).

Please see our international office page for more information.


Declan Hovenden

Head of Optometry
Technological University Dublin
Kevin Street Campus
Dublin 8
Rep. of Ireland

email:  declan.hovenden@dit.ie

phone:  +353 1 402 2858
fax:       +353 1 402 4988


Veronica O'Dwyer

Technological University Dublin
Kevin Street Campus
Dublin 8
Rep. of Ireland

email:  veronica.odwyer@dit.ie

phone:  +353 1 402 4785
fax:       +353 1 402 4988

Please contact the TU Dublin Admissions Office for further information concerning study at TU Dublin.

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