International member application form

Join our community of optometrists from around the world.

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The following membership grades are available for optometrists working outside of the UK:

  • Member (MCOptom) 
    Qualified optometrists practising full time outside of the UK: £167.77 a year
  • Reduced rate member (MCOptom)
    Qualified optometrists working less than 50 days per year OR qualified optometrists working within optometry but not in practice or seeing patients (ie academia or research): £94.43 a year
  • Non-practising/career break member (MCOptom)
    Existing College members who are not currently practising and who live outside of the UK (ie retired, on maternity/ paternity leave, or taking a career break): £39.65 a year

Membership is only available to qualified optometrists. The College membership year runs from 1 October 2021 to 30 September 2022. Optometrists joining during the year, pay a pro-rata rate. Membership will be on an annual basis after this. 

All overseas applications are subject to approval.

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The College of Optometrists will use all personal information supplied as part of this form to record your higher qualification award, issue your certificate and to enable us to monitor the higher qualifications process. The College would like to use your email and postal addresses to send you general College news and information on the College’s products and services, including our qualifications. You may opt out of receiving College communications at any time by contacting us. The College also shares membership and qualification information with the General Optical Council when necessary. The College uses personal information for statistical purposes and, when not anonymised, we seek consent.


We aim to activate overseas memberships within one week. 

£2 from every membership fee is donated to The Benevolent Fund to support members of the profession in times of need.