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Course Title: Bachelor of Science (Honours) Optometry

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Minimum Grade in


English OR Irish



 Other Grade Requirements 

At Least H4 in one of: Physics, Chemistry, Physics and Chemistry, or Biology. 

Additional Requirements/Information:

TU Dublin students of this programme must undergo Garda Vetting. They must complete the required documentation, including a full list of all previous addresses, in order for clearance checks to be made. Currently, Irish addresses are vetted by the Garda Vetting Bureau at no cost to the student. 

Additionally, as this course involves interaction with patients in the provision of healthcare/eyecare, students should have the capacity to perform key skills and tasks so as to be able to succeed in this programme and practise in the profession.  

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 course. All procedures will be carried out in a safe, clean, clinical environment under the supervision of an optometry faculty member.

QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Level 5:


  • CASLT / 5M3807 Laboratory Techniques
  • CASFX / 5M5267 Food Science



5N2751 Laboratory Skills
C20006 / 5N2746 Biology
D20001 / 5N0749 Anatomy & Physiology
C20048 / 5N1460 Physics
C20041 / 5N0737 Microbiology
C20140 / 5N2006 Nutrition
B20029 / 5N2066 Statistics
C20011 / 5N2747 Chemistry
C20022 / 5N2748 Food Chemistry



C20139 / 5N1833 Mathematics
Leaving Certificate Mathematics 03/H7

Level 6: Full level 6 award in a relevant discipline

In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. Applicants for this course should have a minimum IELTS (Academic Version) English Proficiency of 6.5 overall (or equivalent) with nothing less than 6 in each component.

This is a sample timetable for Year 1, Semester 1 which gives an indication of class contact hours. Timetables are subject to change.  Up to date timetables will be provided on commencement. 


Optometry is a regulated primary healthcare profession. Optometrists are often the first professional to be consulted when an eye problem presents.

Optometrists check vision and prescribe and fit spectacles and contact lenses as needed. For children or adults with problems coordinating their eyes, optometrists carry out patching and other forms of vision therapy to help people develop and maintain binocular vision. Optometrists examine the eyes to detect diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. Systemic diseases like diabetes or hypertension can also be detected during the eye examination. 

What does the course involve? 

The optometry course is a challenging and rewarding four-year honours bachelor degree. 

The first year focuses on science subjects necessary for optometric training. Clinical teaching begins in year 1 and increases in year 2 so that students are equipped with the core clinical skills necessary for a routine eye examination.

In years 3 and 4, students have hands-on clinical experience working with patients in our purpose-built clinic, the National Optometry Centre (NOC). The NOC is a state-of-the-art centre for the advanced training of optometry students and is the only facility of its kind in Ireland. 

Expert clinicians and researchers supervise the student clinics. During these sessions students learn to; perform eye examinations to determine if spectacles are required; choose suitable spectacle frames and lenses; fit contact lenses; identify and manage eye-related diseases; carry out specialised clinics in low vision, paediatrics, and binocular vision, and use specialised ophthalmic diagnostic and imaging instrumentation.

Work Placement

At the end of Year 4, there is a five-month practice placement where students work under supervision in a high street optometry practice.

Studying at TU Dublin will give you the theoretical knowledge, clinical skills, and patient experience necessary to be confident and competent starting a fulfilling career in optometry. 

Contact Hours

This is a full-time course. Students should expect to be on campus up to 5 days per week. The average number of contact hours per week is approximately 24. 

Equipment Requirements

Students will be required to purchase diagnostic eye examination sets (retinoscope, ophthalmoscope, Volk lens) in Year 2.

The optometry programme is approved by CORU (the Health and Social Care Professionals Council), Ireland's multi-profession health regulator. Upon successful completion of the honours degree you will be eligible to register as an optometrist with CORU. 

A qualification in optometry offers a diverse career pathway. Optometrists are autonomous healthcare practitioners who can work independently or collaboratively in a health care team. Optometrists work in high street practices, hospitals, primary health care teams, research, and teaching. There are opportunities to specialize and gain higher qualifications in areas such as paediatrics, contact lenses, glaucoma care, and low vision management. 

Employment rates for newly qualified optometrists are typically 100%. 

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry are listed on the CAO website.

To qualify for Advanced Entry applicants must be currently studying, completing, or have successfully completed, studies at Level 6, 7 or 8 in a Higher Education Institution (HEI) or an equivalent, in a related area. You must demonstrate by providing transcripts of results that you have achieved the learning outcomes for each stage you wish to advance past, for example:

  • To enter Year 2 via Advanced Entry, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Year 1.
  • For entry to Year 3, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Years 1 and 2.
  • For entry to Year 4, you must demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for Years 1, 2, and 3.

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website.

I chose Optometry as I was interested in science, wanted to work with people and make a difference, in their lives. TU Dublin was a great place to study; the class sizes are small so it was a friendly, close-knit community.

Lecturers are available to answer any questions, and the National Optometry Centre has amazing facilities for practical work. I was introduced to working in sustainable development in vision care. I spent some time in Mozambique, and then lectured for a year with the Malawi School of Optometry. Both were amazing opportunities. Now I work in private practice in the family business while pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Optometry.

On graduation from this level 8 programme, you may proceed to postgraduate studies leading to the award of MSc, MPhil or PhD at research institutes and universities worldwide.

TU Code


CAO Point Range 2023



Level 8


Bachelor of Science (Honours)


4 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman

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Head of Discipline (Optometry) - Mr Declan Hovenden

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