Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Optometry
眼科視光學(榮譽)理學士組合課程


Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3290

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement


Mode of Study
Full-time
Normal Duration

5 years (Optometry)

4 years (Vision Science and Secondary Major) #

Credits Required for Graduation

160, including 20 clinical/field credits (Optometry)

133, without clinical/field credits (Vision Science and Secondary Major) #

Fund Type
Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications
No
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Andrew Lam
PhD, MPhil, PDip(Optom), FAAO

Remarks
  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • Students will be awarded one of the following awards upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:
    • BSc (Hons) in Optometry
    • BSc (Hons) in Vision Science - This award is only available with one of the Secondary Majors #. 
  • The credit requirements of this scheme are indicative only. They are subject to review.
  • Applicants are required to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on their reason for choosing the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Optometry.
  • Students are allowed to enrol on any awards without being subject to further assessment.
  • Students should also observe the remarks in the table below:
  • Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #
    • Students receive clinical training in PolyU’s Optometry Clinic and Satellite Clinics. The majority of the clients are Hong Kong Chinese. In the fourth year of the programme, students start their clinical rotations; the clinical practice is conducted in English, Cantonese, or Putonghua.
    • The option of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to students of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science. Admission to Secondary Major is on a competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" section.
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    • The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to students of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science. Admission to Secondary Major is on a competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

    # For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

To prepare students to become primary eyecare practitioners with expert knowledge of the eye and the visual system. Students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose visual problems and offer treatment options, which may be in the form of optical lenses or visual training.

 

The journey to becoming an eyecare practitioner begins with a strong foundation in the basic life sciences, followed by a thorough grounding in the optometric sciences. In the second half of the programme, students acquire the clinical skills necessary to effectively manage a wide variety of visual problems. The five semesters of supervised clinical training in our Optometry Clinic and our satellite clinics with real patients give students many opportunities to learn to care for patients and to consolidate their clinical skills and knowledge.

 

Throughout the programme, students learn about ethical, professional and legal issues in preparation for clinical practice.

 

Programme Characteristics

Students participate in clinical training in preparation to become optometrists. The training is in two phases – in the Clinical Laboratory and in the Optometry Clinic – and involves real patients.

 

Our Optometry Clinic, which is unique in Hong Kong, provides an excellent environment for clinical training.

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

To equip students with knowledge and principles in optometry and vision science in order to work in ophthalmic industry and health care settings. Students will be trained to provide comprehensive and high-quality support in research activities and contribute to the development of vision science research in Hong Kong and worldwide.

 

Programme Characteristics

BSc (Hons) in Vision Science + Secondary Major is a 4-year programme.

 

Students will not receive any clinical training. Instead, they will acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge of artificial intelligence and data analytics or innovation and entrepreneurship through one of the Secondary Majors.

# For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

Curriculum

Curriculum

  • Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #
    • The programme comprises General University Requirements (GUR) subjects and four main areas of study: basic sciences, optometric sciences, clinical sciences, and clinical and professional training.
    • Years 1 and 2 concentrate on general education and basic sciences to establish a sound base of knowledge.
    • Years 3 and 4 develop students’ optometric clinical techniques for clinical practice.
    • Years 4 and 5 focus on clinical training (a total of five semesters). Students examine patients and gain valuable clinical experience.
    • A research project is conducted in Years 4 and 5.
    • The programme comprises General University Requirements (GUR) subjects and three main areas of study: basic sciences, vision sciences, and optometric sciences.
    • Years 1 and 2 concentrate on general education and basic sciences to establish a sound base of knowledge.
    • Apart from learning more advanced knowledge in vision science, Years 3 and 4 focus on the development of AIDA or IE mindset.
    • An integrated project is conducted in Years 3 and 4.

    # For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

    Information on the subjects offered can be found at www.polyu.edu.hk/so.

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

The options of Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics or Innovation and Entrepreneurship are only available to students of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science

 

Aims of the Secondary Majors:

AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE)

Artificial intelligence and data analytics (AIDA) are the most prevailing technologies across various disciplines, and have become a de-facto standard approach to enrich business, advance technology and achieve breakthroughs in virtually all fields. Therefore, it is essential for students to possess expertise in AIDA and other underpinning technologies.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) takes a cross-disciplinary approach that aims to instil in students from different disciplines the spirit and mindset of innovation and entrepreneurship, whether it is applied to the commercialisation of technologies specifically or to problem-solving in general. Through the cross-disciplinary design, students are equipped with knowledge and techniques critical to the analysing, planning, and implementing of financially-viable and technically-feasible innovation and entrepreneurship. Students are provided with hands-on experience in innovative and entrepreneurial activities.

 

Intended learning outcomes of the Secondary Majors:

AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE)

On successful completion of AIDA, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of AIDA, and have the ability to apply them.
  2. Design AIDA systems, components and processes to meet given specifications and constraints.
  3. Identify, formulate and solve problems relevant to AIDA.
  4. Use modern IT tools appropriate to AIDA practice.
  5. Know the contemporary issues, and understand the impact of AIDA solutions in a global and societal context.

 

Upon completion of IE, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Develop an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset in exploring a business solution
  2. Critically assess business environments, as well as identify opportunities and innovative ideas with the support of professional-specific skills and knowledge
  3. Demonstrate an understanding on the applications and implications of the latest technologies to inform or support entrepreneurship and innovation
  4. Align the resources and interests of different stakeholders in the knowledge transfer process through effective communication
  5. Identify and respond appropriately to ethical issues as they arise in different business settings

 

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for full registration in Part I of the Register of the Optometrists Board of Hong Kong. They can also practise optometry in Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan. Graduates are also eligible to sit the Competency in Optometry Examination (COE) and Assessment of Competence in Ocular Therapeutics (ACOT) hosted by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.

Professional Recognition

Graduates of BSc (Hons) in Vision Science are NOT eligible for registration in any part of Register of the Optometrists Board of Hong Kong.

Career Prospects

Optometrists are the main providers of vision care in the community. Most of our graduates initially enter optometric practice as employees, and many subsequently establish their own practices. Some of them work in government agencies such as the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and Department of Health.

 

Apart from optometric practice, there are various opportunities in the optical industry, particularly in the area of professional services. Some of our graduates pursue postgraduate research studies locally and overseas.

Career Prospects

Graduates will be able to work in ophthalmic industry and health care settings. Graduates will be able to provide support in research activities.

Graduates can pursue postgraduate research studies locally and overseas and become vision scientists.

# For details, please see "Secondary Major Details" section.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.

Enquiries

Enquiries

For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 4835; email: so.enquiry@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Student Message


Studying at the School of Optometry equipped me with professional knowledge for career development. For example, I gained experience in the investigation, diagnosis and management of vision and eye diseases during clinical training in local and overseas clinics. In addition, taking part in exchanges at the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre in the Chinese mainland and at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia broadened my global outlook and strengthened my competitiveness.

 

Apart from cultivating knowledge and skills, the School nurtures students to become socially responsible through actively engaging in community projects in Hong Kong, rural areas of the Chinese mainland and other developing countries. By participating in different vision screenings, I realized how important the role of an optometrist is – educating the public about the importance of vision and eye care is indispensable.

 

Optometrists are frontline vision-care providers. If you are passionate, devoted to serving others and willing to face challenges, you are welcome to us as a gatekeeper of vision!


Lui Wing Shan



My university life studying optometry has equipped me with the expert knowledge and clinical skills to become a primary eye-care provider. I gained clinical experience, which broadened my exposure to the optometry field. In addition to this local clinical training, I also had opportunities to participate in exchange programmes with the University of Melbourne, the Tianjin Eye Hospital and the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre. These exchange experiences enriched my knowledge of the investigation, diagnosis and management of different eye-related problems.

 

The Optometry programme not only shaped us to become professional and competent, but also focused on our social responsibility. Participating in local and overseas vision screenings allowed me to connect to the community and the world by applying what I had learnt in the classroom to help people in need. Volunteering to conduct vision screenings in Xinjiang, Qinghai, Cambodia and Vietnam was remarkably rewarding. We performed different screening tests and prescribed glasses for patients. Every smile and “thank you” was heartwarming.

 

With a passion and drive to serve the community, I enjoy every moment of my work as an optometrist.

 


Chan Yu Yan



PolyU’s 5-year Optometry programme not only gave us in-depth knowledge about eye structures and diseases, but also equipped us as competent eye care service professionals. Throughout our studies and clinical placements, supervisors provided generous support in training us to be independent practitioners.

 

Studying optometry also gave me a sense of achievement and commitment to serving others. Today, I am able to identify, diagnose and treat eye problems in patients and possibly help them see better with the appropriate corrective measures. I always feel content when my patients are grateful for the ability to see clearly again using spectacles or contact lenses.

 

After graduation, I chose to stay at the PolyU Optometry Clinic as a resident optometrist to pursue new knowledge through continual education. I will learn more about ”specialty contact lenses”, such as orthokeratological lenses for myopia control in children and rigid lenses that improve vision in patients with irregular corneas. I hope to broaden my knowledge and better serve more people in the future.


So Hiu Yan



Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


Personal Statement

Applicants are required to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on their reason for choosing the BSc (Hons) Scheme in Optometry. Download

Transcript / Certificate

Required

Others

Recommendation letters are required


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement


No information is available at present.