Congratulations on securing your place to study optometry at Manchester! We're delighted that you've chosen us for the next step in your studies.

We know you'll have lots of questions about preparing for your studies and what will happen once the semester starts. You can find information relating to your level of study at the links below.

Welcome message from the Head of School

My name is Professor Kay Marshall and I have the privilege of being the Head of the School of Health Sciences in which your home Division of Pharmacy and Optometry sits. The University is constituted of nine Schools spread across three Faculties and, of course, Health Sciences is the best School!

Our mission is to improve health through our research and teaching, and this means doing and delivering world-class research and teaching. To make a difference and achieve our goals, we need great staff and students – so I am delighted that you have chosen to study with us and I hope that when you gain your qualification you will go out into the world and improve the health of those you are caring for.

Research-driven teaching is important in pushing our practise as healthcare professionals forward as well as helping us solve healthcare problems and challenges. Health sciences has had a great year for research, and this research will change the lives of people with all manner of illnesses and problems – from cutting-edge eye care for an individual to leading major public health initiatives to improve population health.

Staff in Optometry are also very responsive. During the pandemic, they quickly re-organised clinics to ensure that we could keep teaching safely and some of our research was refocused onto COVID to investigate the impact of the infection on contact lens use.

I do hope you have an excellent learning experience at The University of Manchester and that you enjoy your time with us and make the most of everything the University and city has to offer. So a very warm welcome to our community and we are all looking forward to seeing you on campus in the near future.

With best wishes,

Kay Marshall
Vice-Dean, Head of the School of Health Sciences