A Masters optometry course at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been granted degree-awarding powers by the General Optical Council.

Rupal Lovell-Patel, UCLan’s academic lead for vision sciences at the school of medicine, said: ‘Our optometry courses are going from strength to strength, and we look forward to seeing our first graduates don their UCLan academics caps and gown in July.’

The GOC’s assessment included regular reviews of the course portfolio, meeting with staff and students, as well as a quality assurance visit from the Education Visitor Panel.

In 2020, the MSci Optometry course was split into an undergraduate BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing course and renamed MSc Optometry.