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Diploma in Optometry (N83)




What will I learn?

Learn to detect, diagnose and manage eye disorders under the guidance of medical doctors and optometrists

Hands-on clinical training from your first year

Hone your research skills through collaborations with industry partners

Attend off

-campus classes delivered by multi-national eye-care product manufacturers


With an aging population and rising concerns about eye-care in Singapore, there is a demand for optometric practitioners to help diagnose eye disorders and prescribe optical treatments. Our Diploma in Optometry (OPT) trains you for this important role. In addition, our broad-based curriculum enables you to explore opportunities in fields other than health services. You also get to learn first-hand from industry experts through off-campus classes and internships, right from the first year.

Practice-oriented Learning

Medical doctors and practicing optometrists will train you to examine eyes, test sight and diagnose visual problems. You will learn to prescribe and dispense spectacles and contact lenses, as well as recommend eye treatments.

You will also gain real-world practice by attending to real customers at our Optometry Centre​. You will work alongside qualified optometrists to diagnose and manage these patients. But that’s not all — our Optometry students also get to go on a 16-week internship with a retail practice, ophthalmology clinic or eye-care product company.

Broad-based Curriculum

Our broad-based curriculum covers topics such as psychology, patient management and optometric retail management. You will also do a research project. These will give you the skills you need to better manage patients, run a retail business or embark on a career based in research.

Off-campus Classes

Our industry partners such as Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Carl Zeiss, Bausch & Lomb and Essilor Singapore offer off-campus classes to our students, right from the first year. These multi-national eye-care product manufacturers will offer you specialised product training and expose you to the latest in eye-care products and technology.


After graduation, you will be very much sought after by ophthalmological clinics, eye-care companies, research centres and hospitals.

Alternatively, you could work at any optometry retail outlet, where an Optometry graduate draws an attractive starting salary

Further studies

As an Optometry graduate, you will be able to pursue related degree programmes at universities such as:

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (China)

Cardiff University (UK)

Aston University (UK)

University of New South Wales (Australia)

Our graduates also have the option to pursue degrees in arts, social sciences, business administration, communications and new media, and more at the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University and Singapore Management University.

Which department am I in?

School of Health Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,57,266) per year
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Health Sciences

Blk 81, Level 7,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students


To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–7 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Science (with Physics, Chemistry or Biology component) or Biotechnology: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

Candidates with English as a second language (EL2) must have attained a minimum grade of 6.

Candidates with severe vision deficiency should not apply for this course.


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