Bachelor Of Optometry (Hons)

Intakes
January and July
Course Duration
4 Years of Full-time study (26 weeks per semester, no short semester)
Course Location
Kuala Lumpur
Course Mode
Full-time
Approval Code
R/726/6/0040; 12/2025
Accreditation Code
MQA/FA0100


Overview

Widely regarded for its comprehensive training in managing various eye conditions, this programme encapsulates courses that are in-depth, challenging, and designed to significantly advance optometric clinical skills in the field of vision care. Students will be familiarised with every aspect of ocular health including preventive care..., visual therapy and rehabilitation leading to the ability to diagnose and manage a full range of eye diseases in addition to helping patients with special needs such as low vision and other visual problems. By the end of their studies, they will be well prepared to deliver world-class eye care for their patients.

Optometrists are needed by government and private hospitals, community health clinics, manufacturers of ophthalmic products, and as a practitioner in a private practice and chain store. The rising number of vision impairment cases in Malaysia, highlighted as cause for concern by the Ministry of Health, precedes a demand for vision care services that will continue to expand in the coming years. Upon completion of this programme, Malaysian students may register with Malaysian Optical Council.

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* This programme received a 100% graduate employability score in the Ministry of Higher Education’s Graduate Employability 2020. (Source: ge.mohe.gov.my/)

About the Programme

Advantages

Optometrists are high-income earners and have tremendous potential for growth, job security and satisfaction. A career in optometry is virtually stress-free and is not physically demanding. During clinical trainings, students at UCSI learn in a simulated optometric environment, practising on each other before moving on to real patients, under the supervision of experienced lecturers. This training provides procedural experiences in case history taking, performing eye examinations, employing diagnostic techniques, and applying the necessary communication skills to discuss treatment plans and options with patients.

Not all graduate studies are scientific theories; many are very practice-oriented. Students in their final year will be able to manage a practice and work with children and the elderly with a clear knowledge of healthcare laws and policies, ethics, and economics that are applicable to the field of optometry.

Qualified professional optometrists in our School will supervise students in various practical clinic sessions, including community service. It's a good way to gain valuable exposure to the eye health needs of the public. This way, students are trained to understand the unique problems and needs of patients in different stages of life, particularly patients in nursing homes. From these experiences, the clinician will be able to manage inner city neighbourhood clinics, inmates, and institutionalised and low-income patients that otherwise wouldn’t have access to the vision care they need.

The qualified optometrist is a primary health care professional, who examines, diagnose, treat, and manage diseases, injuries, and disorders of the visual system, the eye, and associated structures as well as identify related systemic conditions affecting the eye, through their clinical education, training and experience. Having been trained to have broad geographical view in patient handling, optometrists are capable to provide effective primary eye and vision care services to children and the general public.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

​Foundation in Science Health

Minimum CGPA 2.50 including 3 Science subjects or Mathematics and
*Additional requirements

STPM (science stream)

Minimum CGPA 2.50 and
*Additional requirements

​A-Level (science stream)

Minimum C in Biology, Chemistry, Physics / Maths
CGPA 2.5 and
*Additional requirements

​UEC

Minimum CGPA 2.50 or B5 in 3 Science subjects and B6 in other 2 subjects and
*Additional requirements

​National Matriculation (Science Stream)

Minimum CGPA 2.50 and
*Additional requirements

​Australian Year 12 / New South Wales High School Certificate Programme HSC UNSW / SACE / AUSMAT

Minimum score 14 (60% ATAR/ TER) including 3 Science subjects or Mathematics and
*Additional requirements

Canadian Pre-University (CPU)

CGPA 2.50 or 60% including 3 Science subjects or Mathematics and
*Additional requirements

Diploma (science-related)

Minimum CGPA 2.50 and
*Additional requirements

Bachelor’s Degree (science-related)

Minimum CGPA 2.50 and
*Additional requirements

*Additional requirements - Pass SPM (or equivalent) examinations with minimum 3 credits including 2 of the below:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • English

And Pass English

ENTRY INTO FOUNDATION YEAR

Academic Requirements

SPM

Minimum 5 Credits, including Mathematics and 2 Science subjects

O-levels

Minimum 5 Credits, including Mathematics and 2 Science subjects

Note / Legend:

Discretion is given to the Head of School to deal with applicants who have results borderline to the Academic Requirements.

SPM Credit – 'A+' to 'C'
STPM principal – 'A' to 'C'
O-Level – 'A' to 'C'
A-Level principal – 'A' to 'E'
UEC Credit – 'A1' to 'B6'
English Language Requirements
  • A distinction (A+, A or A-) in the English Language subject at SPM/UEC level; or MUET Band 5; or a score of 196 (computer-based) / 525 (writing-based) / 69-70 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or Band 5.5 in IELTS.
  • In the event that the English Language Requirements are not met, student may be required to undertake additional English module(s) prior to or concurrently with the undergraduate programme, based on the University’s decision.
International students holding equivalent academic qualifications but which are not conducted in English, are required to sit for the English Placement Test, which may result in the taking of the English for Tertiary Education (1 to 10 months). Students who intend to pursue the above undergraduate programme directly, are advised to fulfil the above English requirements prior to commencing their studies at the University.

Courses Offered

Year 1
  • Biochemistry & Cell Biology for Optometry
  • Human Anatomy & Neuroscience
  • Human Physiology
  • Optics for Optometry
  • Optometric Instrumentation
  • Microbiology for Optometry
  • Ocular Anatomy & Physiology
  • Visual Science I
Year 2
  • Optometric Practice I
  • Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing I
  • Introduction to Biostatistics
  • Visual Science II
  • General and Ocular Pharmacology I
  • Optometric Practice II
  • Binocular Vision I
  • Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing II
  • Visual Science III
  • General and Ocular Pharmacology II
  • Psychology for Optometry
Year 3
  • Optometric Practice III
  • Contact Lens Practice I
  • Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing III
  • Introduction to General and Ocular Pathology for Optometry
  • Low Vision
  • English Communication Skill for Optometry
  • Binocular Vision II
  • Primary Care Clinic I
  • Contact Lens Practice II
  • Environmental and Community Optometry
  • Ocular Disease for Optometry
  • Specialty Care Practice A and B
  • Industrial Placement I
Year 4
  • Primary Care Clinic II
  • Ophthalmic Optics and Dispensing IV
  • Research Methods & Statistics (R&D)
  • Entrepreneurship and Ethics
  • Public Health Optometry
  • Specialty Care Clinic AI
  • Specialty Care Clinic BI
  • Primary Care Clinic III
  • Problem-based Clinical Case Study
  • Optometry Research Project (R&D)
  • Specialty Care Clinic AII
  • Specialty Care Clinic BII
  • Industrial Placement II
General Courses (MPU) are compulsory for all students.
U1
For Malaysian students:
  1. Ethnic Relations
  2. Islamic Civilisation and Asian Civilisation
For foreign students:
  1. Malaysian Studies
  2. Communication in Bahasa Melayu 3

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Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the UCSI optometry programme, graduates will be able to register as optometrists with the Malaysian Optical Council (MOC)*, under the Optical Act 1991. Nonetheless, job opportunities in optometry abound in Malaysia. Optometry is a lucrative profession and the prospect is excellent. The demand for optometric services is expected to remain high with the ever increasing visual demands in the modern computer-based workplaces, and the increasing life span of the global aging population.

Other unique opportunities
  • Chain of franchised superstores (Retail Optical Stores)
  • Independent Private Practice
  • Partnership or Group Practice
  • Community Health Centres
  • Home Maintenance Organisations (HMOs)
  • Hospitals (Private and Public)
  • Manufacturers of Ophthalmic Products
  • Insurance Companies and Industrial Safety Programmes (Consultants)
  • Academia
  • Research
  • World Health Organisation and other related organisations

*Only applicable for Malaysian citizens.

Tuition Fees

Local Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 95,070

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International Students

Approximate Total Fees:

RM 127,800

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