Polytechnic to offer University of Manchester optometry degree

Friday, November 14, 2008
The Singapore Polytechnic (SP) is collaborating with the University of Manchester to offer a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Optometry degree programme under the Ministry of Education's Foreign Specialised Institution (FSI) framework. The full-time degree course will be taught at the polytechnic's campus located in Singapore by SP lecturers and University of Manchester staff. The programme is customised for SP's optometry diploma graduates, according them a one-year advanced standing and thus completion of the degree in as little as two years. This BSc. honours degree in optometry will be awarded by the University of Manchester and is recognized by the Singapore Ministry of Health's Optometry & Opticianry Board (OOB) which oversees the industry's regulation in Singapore. However, being taught in Singapore, it will be deemed as a non-EU/EEA qualification by the UK's General Optical Council and graduates of the Singapore programme differ in the route to registering to practice as an optometrist in the UK (if desired) as compared to those of the University's UK campus. The yearly course fees (with grants from the Singapore Ministry of Education) are $7,800 for Singapore citizens, $8,580 for Permanent Residents (PR), and $11,700 for foreign non-PR students. The unsubsidised annual course fee is $36,720 for PR/foreign students who do not wish to serve the 3-year working bond after graduation. Application is now open and closes on 28 November 2008, with the classes starting on 16 March 2009. More information: Singapore Polytechnic website