Students past is an ongoing project of the MusEYEum to record the historical experience of studying optometry in the United Kingdom. If you have memories of university life that you would be willing to share, please get in touch.
Three and four-year courses were not introduced until 1949 and the required standards were not raised to those of university entrance until the 1960s. Since then taking an optometry degree has been a more academic experience. Find out about it on these pages.
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Private tuition and correspondence courses
Studying optometry in the Midlands
Studying optometry in West Yorkshire
The industry-sponsored course in the Fens
Studying optometry in Wales
Studying optometry in Northern Ireland
Studying optometry in Glasgow
The principal course in London...not in Northampton!
The British Optical Institute, West Ham College and others
The principal course in the North
Studying optometry in the South West