Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Optometry

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: JS3290

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
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) #

Scheme/Programme Intake
54 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

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

  • Applicants are required to submit an essay of no more than 500 words on their reason for choosing the study for BSc (Hons) Scheme in Optometry.
  • Students will gain 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 and are subject to review.
  • Students are allowed to enrol in 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 a Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics is available to students of the BSc (Hons) in Vision Science. Admission to the Secondary Major is competitive and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" for further information.
  • The option of a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to students of the BSc (Hons) in Vision Science. Admission to the Secondary Major is competitive and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" for further information.

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



Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The programme aims 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 ranging from optical lenses to 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 for becoming 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

The programme aimes to equip students with knowledge of key principles of optometry and vision science, enabling them to work in the ophthalmic industry and health care settings. Students are trained to provide comprehensive and high-quality support for research activities to contribute to the development of vision science research in Hong Kong and worldwide.


Programme Characteristics

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


Students do not receive clinical training. Instead, they 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.



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

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

Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

The options of a Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics or Innovation and Entrepreneurship are only available to students on the 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 widely used technologies in various disciplines and have become a de facto approach to enriching business, advancing technology and achieving 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)

Upon completion of AIDA, students are expected to 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. Understand the impact of AIDA solutions in global and societal contexts.


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

  1. Demonstrate an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset in exploring business solutions.
  2. Critically assess business environments, as well as identify opportunities and innovative ideas with the support of profession-specific skills and knowledge
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of 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 upon fulfilling local licensure requirements. 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 the 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 locally and overseas.

Career Prospects

Graduates are able to work in the ophthalmic industry and health care settings. Graduates are prepared to provide support for 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 non-JUPAS applicants.



For further programme information, please contact

the General Office (tel.: 2766 4835; email:

Student Message

Student Message

We might once regard University as the destination, but rather, it is another new start. The Optometry Programme equipped us for the future by providing excellent opportunities to explore various career options. Besides gaining the knowledge and skillsets to be optometrists, we also developed a thorough understanding of the optometric field through clinical placements, attachments, overseas exchanges, and studentship programmes. With all of these, we were confident to take our best-suited paths after graduation. 


The delightful experience as a student assistant under the Summer Research Studentship has motivated me to enter the academic world as a research postgraduate. I am proud to be an optometrist and a junior vision researcher.

Chan Kin-ho

The Optometry programme has equipped students to become competent primary healthcare practitioners. Apart from acquiring knowledge about ocular health in class, with the guidance of supervisors, students also performed eye examinations and managed eye diseases during clinical placements. The School regularly arranged local and overseas vision screenings for different target groups, for example, people with special needs, elderlies and children. By participating in these activities and interacting with people from different backgrounds, I have learned that caring and patience are essential qualities to possess as an optometrist. 


My journey at PolyU has been fulfilling; I am glad that my occupation allows me to contribute to the community and help those in need continually.

Chan Hiu-tung

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


The Optometry programme not only shapes us to become professional and competent but also helps us to focus 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 various screening tests and prescribed glasses for patients. Every smile and “thank you” was heart-warming.


I have a passion and drive to serve the community. I will enjoy every moment of my work as a professional optometrist.

Chan Yu-yan

Studying in the School of Optometry equipped me with professional knowledge for my 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.


In addition to cultivating knowledge and skills, the School nurtures students to become socially responsible through active engagement in community projects in Hong Kong, rural areas of the Chinese mainland, and other developing countries. My participation in various vision screenings helped me realise 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 about serving others and willing to face challenges, you are welcome to become a guardian of vision!

Lui Wing-shan

PolyU’s 5-year Optometry programme not only gave us in-depth knowledge of eye structures and diseases but also equipped us to become competent eye care service professionals. Throughout our studies and clinical placements, our supervisors provided generous support in training us to become 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 often to 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 work in the PolyU Optometry Clinic as a resident optometrist to pursue new knowledge through continuous education. In the future, 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 to 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 study for BSc (Hons) Scheme in Optometry. Download

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between December and July
Mode:Individual interview

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme.


15 minutes


Suitable applicants may be invited to interviews.