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Diploma in Optometry
(DOPT) S67
School of Chemical & Life Sciences (CLS)

Take a moment to consider the importance of eyesight and the impact it can cause once it is lost. Indeed, caring for the health of others is a noble calling, especially when it comes to something as important as eye care. The scope of Optometry includes the detection of common eye diseases and problems. It also covers the prescription of spectacles and contact lenses.

Our three-year Diploma in Optometry (DOPT) course aims to produce professionally competent optometrists who are in good demand. Due to high prevalence of myopia in children and a rapidly ageing population, quality optometrists are highly sought after.

What makes DOPT special?

  • First tertiary institution in Singapore since 1994 to offer this course
  • Our students start working with patients in the first year and continue with greater responsibilities in subsequent years
  • Excellent clinical and laboratory facilities and the SP Optometry Centre provides you with hands-on experience using state-of-theart precision instruments and equipment
  • Register as a qualified optometrist with the Optometrists and Opticians Board when you graduate
  • Industrial attachment at hospitals, optometric practices, contact lens or ophthalmic lens companies to widen your scope and experience in optometry
  • Three-month internship in the final year is a key component of the program
  • Opportunities for overseas exposure via community service projects or attachments to optometry schools and research institutions abroad

Applicants must obtain:

i) the following GCE 'O' Level grades at not more than two sittings and

ii) 26 points or better for the net ELR2B2 aggregate score (i.e. English Language, 2 relevant subjects and best 2 other subjects, including CCA Bonus points)

Aggregate Type: ELR2B2-C
Subject Grade

a) English Language

1 - 7

b) Mathematics (Elementary/Additional)

1 - 6

c) One of the following 3rd relevant subjects:

1 - 6

  • Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science
  • Physical Science
  • Science (Chemistry, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Biology)
  • Science (Physics, Chemistry)

Applicants with severe vision impairment may encounter difficulties meeting the course requirements and expectations. Please refer to the Ministry of Health (MOH) website on “Fitness to Practice” for registered Optometrists.

The Diploma in Optometry is a three-year full-time programme.

First Year

  • Clinical Optometry 1 & 2
  • Communicating for Project Effectiveness
  • Geometrical & Physical Optics
  • Human Physiology & Cell Biology
  • Mathematics A & B
  • Ocular Anatomy & Physiology
  • Ophthalmic Dispensing
  • Ophthalmic Optics
  • Physiological & Visual Optics
  • General Education 1 & 2

Second Year

  • Analytical and Physical Chemistry
  • Binocular Vision & Paediatric Optometry 1
  • Clinical Optometry 3
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Contact Lenses
  • Contact Lens Practice 1
  • Inorganic and Organic Chemistry
  • Ocular Disease 1 & 2
  • Ocular Pharmacology
  • Research Methods in Optometry
  • Social Innovation Project
  • General Education 3
  • Biostatistics

Third Year

  • Binocular Vision and Paediatric Optometry 2
  • Business Management for Optometry Practice
  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Contact Lens Practice 2
  • Low Vision & Community Health Optometry
  • Project
  • Internship Programme

For a synopsis of each module, click here.

Exciting career opportunities await you when you graduate. You can be an Optometrist in private and public practice. You can also do research with institutions such as the Singapore Eye Research Institute and the Defence Science Organisation.

Further Studies

The SP Optometry diploma allows direct entry into second or third year overseas optometry degree programmes. You are also eligible to apply for many non-optometry degree programmes at local universities, including Medicine at NUS.