Sept 2024 Entry


5 years (Optometry);
4 years (Vision Science and Secondary Major) #


160, including 20 clinical/field credits (Optometry);
133, without clinical/field credits (Vision Science and Secondary Major) #

51 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Programme Leader

Prof. Andrew Lam
PhD, MPhil, PDip(Optom), FAAO

  • Students will receive 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 for this scheme are indicative only and subject to review.

  • Students may enrol in any awards without being subject to further assessment.

Students should also consider the remarks in the table below:

OptometryVision Science and Secondary Major #
  • Students receive clinical training in PolyU’s Optometry Clinic and Satellite Clinics. The majority of clients are Hong Kong Chinese. The students begin their clinical rotations in the fourth year of the programme and conduct their clinical practice in English, Cantonese or Putonghua.
  • The option of a Secondary Major in AI and Data Analytics (AIDA) 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 the Secondary Major Details for further information.
  • The option of a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) 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 the Secondary Major Details for further information.

# For details, please see Secondary Major Details.

Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Year 1
International / Other Qualification
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & 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 eye care practitioner begins with establishing 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 necessary clinical skills to effectively manage a wide variety of visual problems. The five semesters of supervised clinical training with real patients in our Optometry Clinic and Satellite Clinics give our students many opportunities to learn to care for patients and consolidate their clinical skills and knowledge.


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


Programme Characteristics

Students participate in clinical training in preparation for becoming optometrists. The training involves real patients over two phases conducted in the Clinical Laboratory and Optometry Clinic.


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

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The programme aims to equip students with knowledge of key principles of optometry and vision science, which will enable 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 four-year programme.


Students do not receive clinical training. Instead, they acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge in AIDA or IE through one of the Secondary Majors.

# For details, please see Secondary Major Details.

Recognition & Prospects
Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for full registration as Part I optometrists in the licence 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 the licence 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 graduates find 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 professional services. Some graduates pursue postgraduate research locally and internationally.

Career Prospects

Graduates can 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.

Optometry Vision Science and Secondary Major #
  • The programme comprises General University Requirements (GUR) subjects and four main areas of study: namely, 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 over five semesters. Students examine patients and gain valuable clinical experience.
  • Students conduct a research project during Years Four and Five.
  • The programme comprises GUR subjects and three main areas of study: namely, 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 mindsets.
  • Students conduct an integrated project during Years Three and Four.

# For details, please see Secondary Major Details.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

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 technologies 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) uses a cross-disciplinary approach to instil the spirit and mindset of IE in students from different disciplines, such as the commercialisation of technologies specifically or problem-solving in general. Through this cross-disciplinary design, students are equipped with knowledge and techniques critical to analysing, planning and implementing financially viable and technically feasible IE. Students are provided with direct experience in innovative and entrepreneurial activities.


Intended learning outcomes of the Secondary Majors:

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

On completion of AIDA, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of AIDA and can 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 when 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 IE.
  4. Identify and respond appropriately to ethical issues as they arise in different business settings.
  5. Align the resources and interests of different stakeholders in the knowledge transfer process through effective communication.
Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


Please click here for the subject weightings for 2024/25.

Preferred Subjects with the Highest Weighting

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

English Language
Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
Combined Science: Biology + Physics
Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
Relevant Applied Learning Subjects

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are:

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise
Any Best 5 Subjects
Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2023/24 Average Score: Any Best 6 Subjects (with Subject Weighting) = 312.1


For further programme information, please contact
the General Office (tel.: 2766 4835; email:

Student Message

Studying optometry at PolyU is fruitful and rewarding. The School offers a wide variety of courses and activities for students to enrich their knowledge, explore their interests and potential, and develop their interpersonal skills. Comprehensive theoretical courses, practical sessions and extensive clinical placement equip students with professional knowledge and skills. In addition, the School organises vision screening sessions that target different age groups and backgrounds to inspire the students to give back to society. The well-structured curriculum nurtures students to become competent, caring and responsible primary eye care providers. Throughout our learning journey, supportive professors, supervisors and senior students are very willing to offer guidance and share their learning experiences with us. I had an enjoyable time studying at PolyU and I am ready to apply what I have learned to provide high-quality optometric care to the community. I would like to thank the School for providing me with these invaluable learning experiences and preparing me for my future career.

NG Ming-wai, Hazel

The Optometry programme at PolyU empowers its graduates to become competent optometrists by providing comprehensive knowledge of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the optometry field. Through attending supervised clinical placements, students can diagnose and manage various ocular conditions in patients from diverse backgrounds while learning from different clinical supervisors. In addition to acquiring knowledge related to optometry, I could participate in regular vision screenings organised by the School, which not only allowed me to serve the community with my knowledge but also provided valuable experiences essential for my professional growth. I am grateful for all these opportunities during my five-year study because they have shaped me into an independent practitioner. I will cherish and carry every memory from my time at PolyU into the next chapter of my life. I will continue to work with utmost effort to meet the best interests of my patients.

SUNG Wing-yan, Vivian

The Optometry programme equips students to become competent primary health-care practitioners. Apart from acquiring knowledge of ocular health in class, students perform eye examinations and manage eye diseases with the guidance of supervisors during clinical placements. The School regularly arranges local and international vision screenings for different target groups, such as the elderly, children and people with special needs. By participating in these activities and interacting with people from different backgrounds, I learned that a caring attitude and patience are essential qualities for an optometrist. I am glad that my occupation allows me to contribute to the community and help those in need.

Chan Hiu-tung

The Optometry programme equipped me for the future by providing excellent opportunities to explore various career options. Besides gaining the knowledge and skill sets to become an optometrist, I developed a thorough understanding of the optometric field through clinical placements, attachments, overseas exchanges and studentship programmes. We may have regarded PolyU as a destination, but it is in fact a new start. My experience as a student assistant under the Summer Research studentship programme motivated me to enter the academic world as a postgraduate researcher. I am proud to be an optometrist and a junior vision researcher.

Chan Kin-ho

PolyU’s five-year Optometry programme not only gave me an in-depth knowledge of eye structures and diseases but also equipped me to become a competent eye care professional. My supervisors provided generous support and guidance throughout my studies and clinical placements. Studying optometry has instilled in me a sense of commitment to serving others. Today, I am able to identify, diagnose and treat my patients’ eye problems. It is satisfying to know that I can help people to see clearly again. After graduation, I secured a position as a resident optometrist at the PolyU Optometry Clinic where I will pursue new knowledge through continuous reflective practice. In the future, I hope to learn more about specialised 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.

So Hiu-yan

Studying optometry at university has equipped me with the expert knowledge and clinical skills to become a primary eye care provider. I have gained clinical experience, which has broadened my exposure to the optometry field. In addition to this local clinical training, I participated in exchange programmes with the University of Melbourne, the Tianjin Eye Hospital and the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre. My experiences during these exchange programmes have enriched my knowledge of the investigation, diagnosis and management of various eye-related problems. The Optometry programme not only shapes us to become competent professionals but also helps us to focus on social responsibility. Participating in vision screenings locally and internationally allowed me to connect with communities around the world by applying what I learned in the classroom to help people in need. Volunteering to conduct vision screenings in Xinjiang, Qinghai, Cambodia and Vietnam was extremely rewarding, as we performed various screening tests and prescribed glasses for patients. Every smile and ‘thank you’ warmed our hearts.

Chan Yu-yan

During my studies in the School of Optometry, I gained experience in the investigation, diagnosis and management of vision and eye diseases, particularly during clinical training in local and overseas clinics. I also gained a competitive edge by taking part in exchange programmes at the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre in mainland China and at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia, which broadened my global outlook. 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 in the Chinese mainland and developing countries. My participation in various vision screenings helped me realise the indispensable importance of the role of an optometrist in educating the public on the importance of vision and eye care. Optometrists are frontline vision care providers. If you are passionate about serving others and willing to face challenges, the School will support you in becoming a vision guardian!

Lui Wing-shan
No information is available at present.
LocalNon-JUPAS Year 1
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


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

Interview Arrangement

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

Date of Interview
Between December and July

15 minutes

Individual interview

Suitable applicants may be invited to interviews.

Non-LocalInternational / Other Qualification
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


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


Recommendation letters are required




学生需提交一份不超过一页 (500字) 的英文自荐信,详细阐述选择本课程的原因。



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