This three-year programme is based within the Department of Vision Sciences, which is the only department of its kind in Scotland. Students benefit from studying in a recognised centre of excellence in Vision Sciences which has developed strong links with its related professions. The first two years of the programme are designed to give you the knowledge and understanding of optical principles and how they relate to effective correction of refractive errors in the human eye. In your third year you will develop the advanced skills required to allow you to apply your knowledge in an optical practice. Strong emphasis is placed on the integration of theoretical and practical aspects throughout the programme. In the University's well-equipped, purpose-built dispensing clinic, you will gain experience in practical dispensing skills while developing your interpersonal skills through dealing with patients. To practice as a Dispensing Optician you must pass the additional exams of the Association of British Dispensing Opticians and then complete a year of supervised professional practice before applying to the General Optical Council for professional registration.