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Vision and hearing sciences

You’re inspired by the science around how we see and hear. Embark on the journey to professional registration as an optometrist, dispensing optician or audiologist; further your existing skills by studying the contact lens speciality; or undertake a research programme with support from our expert supervisors.

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Here in the Department of Vision and Hearing Sciences, we'll help you develop your skills to meet the needs of today’s employers.

Our undergraduate degrees will set you on the path to professional registration, while our postgraduate course in the contact lens specialty gives you the chance to build on your existing expertise.

As a student at ARU, you'll get hands-on experience in our University Eye Clinic, or in fully equipped sound-treated laboratory spaces that use the latest equipment in audiology.

All our staff are clinically trained and registered, and many are ready to supervise PhD study.

With expert teaching and accredited courses, you can be sure you'll graduate with the skills and knowledge employers look for.

Experience Optometry at ARU

My day in the University Eye Clinic

Student optometrist Janaki takes us through a typical day on ARU's Optometry degree course.

Specialist facilities

In Cambridge, our facilities include:

  • 16 fully-equipped optometric consulting rooms
  • specialist facilities in contact lenses, low vision and visual stress
  • industry-standard equipment
  • a dedicated dispensing laboratory
  • the University Eye Clinic, a working clinic that’s open to the public.

SONIJA

"I have always believed that being in the medical profession means being able to help those in need. Optometry allows me to improve the lives of others [and] this course allows me to develop the knowledge, skills and qualifications which are needed to succeed."

SONIJA

BOptom (Hons) Optometry student

Follow Sonija's university journey

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Audiology Top-up

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Blended learning
Available as:
1 year
,
2 years part-time
Course features
  • Broaden your experience of audiology
  • Enjoy a mix of distance learning and residential sessions
  • Join the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists when you graduate

Hearing Aid Audiology

Undergraduate - FdSc

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
2 years part-time
Course features
  • Develop the skills to work as a hearing aid audiologist
  • Study by distance learning while you work
  • Work as a registered hearing aid dispenser when you graduate

Hearing Sciences (Top-Up)

Undergraduate - BSc (Hons)

Study in:
Blended learning
,
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
Course features
Convert your foundation degree qualification (or equivalent) to a full BSc (Hons) in Hearing Sciences, with our one-year British Society in Hearing Aid Audiology-accredited course.

Ophthalmic Dispensing Registerable Award

Undergraduate - FdSc

Study in:
Distance learning
Available as:
3 years part-time
Course features
  • Train to become a dispensing optician
  • Fine-tune your knowledge of low vision, contact lens management and more
  • Study by distance learning while you work

Optometry

Undergraduate - BOptom (Hons)

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
3 years full-time
Course features
  • Take your first step towards a career as a registered optometrist
  • Work with the public in our University Eye Clinic
  • Learn to perform eye exams, improve vision, and diagnose sight problems

Contact Lens Optician

Postgraduate - PG Cert

Study in:
Distance learning
,
Cambridge
Available as:
Part-time
Course features
Take your career to the next level with our contact lens course. Designed for UK General Optical Council (GOC) registered dispensing opticians looking to specialise in contact lenses, our course will build on the training you already have, giving you the knowledge and skill set to look after contact lens patients. Subject to GOC full approval*, completion of our PG Cert and the assessment of clinical competencies will lead to entry-level registration with the GOC as a Contact Lens Optician.

Audiology and Hearing Disability Research

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Work with an internationally renowned academic team that has extensive research activities and collaborations, is widely published and attracts significant grant funding.

Optometry and Vision Sciences

Research - MPhil : PhD

Study in:
Cambridge
Available as:
Full-time
,
Part-time
Course features
Study your research degree with a well-funded, internationally published academic team that’s making exciting discoveries.

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