Vision Sciences

Department of Vision Sciences

The department of Vision Sciences plays a key role within the research and learning portfolio of the School of Health and Life Sciences.

It is the only place in the UK that offers the suite of vision sciences undergraduate programmes: BSc (Hons) Optometry, BSc Ophthalmic Dispensing Management and BSc (Hons) Orthoptics. All courses enable students to gain hands-on clinical experience in the on-campus Vision Centre. The programmes been accredited by the General Optical Council or the Health & Care Professions Council.

Students within Vision Sciences benefit from the state-of-the-art facilities of the GCU Vision Centre. The Vision Centre provides clinical training facilities for students to work with patients under supervision of our experienced and qualified clinical staff.

Degree courses

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  • Award:
    • MSc
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Vision Sciences
    Take existing skills in eye care/optometry and apply them to postgraduate study. Progress to a career in senior roles in hospital optometry, teaching or PhD study. The course is suited to applicants with a first degree in optometry/eye care. Junior m
  • Award:
    • BSc
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Vision Sciences
    GCU is the only university in Scotland to offer a full-time Ophthalmic Dispensing Management degree in the recognised GCU Vision Centre, located on campus.
  • Optometry

    • 2021/22
    • BSc (Hons)
    Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Vision Sciences
    You can become a qualified optometrist being meticulous in your role and paying close attention to detail. Study how to detect sight problems, prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses and detect and manage eye conditions at degree level.
  • Orthoptics

    • 2021/22
    • BSc (Hons)

    Accredited by:

    • HCPC
    Award:
    • BSc (Hons)
    Start date:
    • Sep 2021
    Subject:
    • Vision Sciences
    Accreditation:
    • HCPC
    If you are observant and want to help people see - particularly young children - study orthoptics at degree level. You can become a qualified Orthoptist and allied health professional diagnosing and managing a wide range of visual conditions.
Courses 1 - 4 of 4

Meet the department

Our teaching and support staff are here to help (see below).

For Course and programme enquiries: T: +44 (0)141 331 8630 / E: studentenquiries@gcu.ac.uk

Head of Department
Department of Vision Sciences

Gunter is a qualified Optometrist and currently the Programme Lead for the Undergraduate Optometry Programme. He researches various aspects of visual perception in normal and clinical populations.

Senior Lecturer, Registered Optometrist
Department of Vision Sciences

Mhairi is a Senior Lecturer in Vision Sciences and a practising optometrist, providing services to NHS and private patients through Glasgow Caledonian University's (GCU) Eye Clinic.

Senior Lecturer, Registered Optometrist
Department of Vision Sciences

Gael’s research interests include aspects of visual perception in typical and atypical visual development, texture and pattern perception and the effect of migraine headache on visual performance.

Reader and Postgraduate Research Tutor
Department of Vision Sciences

Lyle Gray graduated from Glasgow College, the forerunner institution of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) in 1989.

Lecturer in Vision Sciences
Department of Vision Sciences

I am a Lecturer in the School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University. I am an active member of the Visual Neuroscience Research Group at the Institute of Applied Health Research.

Lecturer in Vision Sciences
Department of Vision Sciences

Graeme is a Lecturer in Vision Sciences and a practising optometrist, providing services to NHS and private patients through Glasgow Caledonian University’s Eye Clinic.

Lecturer, Registered Optometrist
Department of Vision Sciences

Dirk’s current research interests include changes in the quality of the retinal image before and after the onset of myopia, size and blur perception in different refractive groups.