University of Hertfordshire

The first course fully integrated with the Scheme for Registration.

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One of the UK's newest optometry course providers, University of Hertfordshire admitted its first students in the autumn term of 2015. It is based within the University's School of Life and Medical Sciences, with facilities at the College Lane campus in Hatfield. The optometry programme lead is Dr Joy Myint FCOptom and we look forward to welcoming the first graduates as members of the College of Optometrists in 2019.

University of Hertfordshire will be the first institution to offer a fully integrated MSc Optometry course, combining an undergraduate degree with the College of Optometrists' Scheme for Registration. Completion of the four-year course will permit immediate registration with the GOC. The course was established against a background of intense debate on the numbers of optometry graduates and the impact this may have on the workforce in future years. This prompted the College to commission formal research to establish whether or not these concerns were warranted.

Spectacles belonging to C P Snow

A Bishop Harman spectacle
loupe belonging to Charles
Percy Snow, Baron Snow
(1905-1980), the
Polytechnic's 'visitor' from
1972. Snow coined the
phrase 'The Corridors
of Power' and 'The Two
Cultures' (Arts and Science)

The history of the University can be traced back as far as the Hatfield Technical College, built by Hertfordshire County Council in 1952 on land donated by the Chairman of the de Havilland Aircraft Company for further educational purposes and opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. It was re-designated as Hatfield College of Technology in 1958, and as Hatfield Polytechnic in 1969. In 1991, following the John Major government’s decision to abolish polytechnics and create new universities, Hatfield Polytechnic applied for University status, achieving it in 1992.

Hertfordshire logo 2015

Shortly afterwards it encompassed a pre-existing school of nursing. The post-graduate medical school was established in 2005 and the university has recently opened a centre for learning disability.

Remember, this is an historical account. Find out about studying optometry at the University of Hertfordshire today.