Optometry 15/16

180 Higher Education Credits, 3 years.

An optometrist is a specialist in human vision. The optometrist examines optical refractive errors and recommends suitable correction with glasses or contact lenses. Optometrists also work with medical eye care at hospitals, low vision centres, or at companies that require close or intense visual work of their employees.

In order to be accepted as an exchange student at KI the applicant must be enrolled at a university that has a written exchange agreement with KI for the specific study programme of interest. Exchange students should be nominated by their home institution. The final decision on admission will be made by KI.

Course syllabuses

To find the syllabus for the course or rotation you are interested in, follow this link. You can find the course code right before the name of the courses listed on this page.

Options in English

For exchange students without very good command of the Swedish language, the Study Programme in Optometry offers various options.

Courses and project work offered to exchange students

The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfilment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

Please note that there is only a limited number of places for clinical rotations and a study place can therefore not be guaranteed. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale with the exception of clinical rotations with a duration shorter than 3 weeks which will be graded fail or pass.

During the clinical rotation the student will be assigned to a clinical supervisor who will be responsible for ongoing instruction and supervision. Appointed lecturer will be responsible for the clinical area in question and participates together with the clinical supervisor in the initial discussion of the student's educational objectives and in evaluations.

The following requirements have to be met by students wishing to take part in clinical rotations:

  • A very good command of Swedish or another Scandinavian language or a very good command of English (equal to a TOEFL score of 550)
  • 90 ECTS credits (1½ years of study) at the home university

All options are offered both autumn semester 2014 and spring semester 2015.

Courses and rotations

  • 1EE065 Project work, 30 ECTS credits
  • 1EE066 Project work, 15 ECTS credits
  • 1EE076 Clinical work for incoming exchange students , 15 ECTS credits
  • 1OP022 Contact lenses , 7.5 ECTS credits (autumn semester only)

Options in Swedish

Most courses in the Optometry programme are offered in Swedish only. Exchange students with a good command of Swedish or another Scandinavian language are welcome to apply for the courses.

All courses are full-time courses and require at least 40 hours of work per week. One study week is equivalent to 1.5 ECTS credits. The performance will be graded in accordance with the ECTS grading scale and on the basis of the student´s fulfilment of the learning outcomes stated in the course syllabus.

Each course is only given once every academic year in a given time period and most of the courses run in parallel. Hence, a student can only attend one course at a time. All courses end with an examination.

Courses offered autumn semester 2015

Courses offered during semester 3 in the curriculum

  • 1OP045 Refraction 1, 12 ECTS credits
  • 1OP046 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases 2 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP016 Pharmacology, 3 ECTS credits
  • 1OP017 Optics of the human eye 7.5 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 5 in the curriculum

  • 1OP026 Statistics and Science Methods, 3 ECTS credits
  • 1OP058 Optometric Clinic 2 6 ECTS credits
  • 1OP063 Contact Lenses 15.0 ECTS credits (10.5hp out of 15hp)

Courses offered spring semester 2016

Courses offered during semester 2 in the curriculum

  • 1OP043 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases 1 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP044 Optometry 2 10.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP055 Optimal Image Quality 6 ECTS credits
  • 1OP056 Pathology, 3 ECTS credits 
  • 1OP057 Microbiology, 3 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 4 in the curriculum

  • 1OP015 Perception, 4.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP047 Refraction 2, 6 ECTS credits
  • 1OP014 Optical instruments, 3 ECTS credits
  • 1OP062 Contact Lenses and Chemistry, 4.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP048 Optometric Clinic 1, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP018 Low vision, 4.5 ECTS credits

Courses offered during semester 6 in the curriculum

  • 1OP063 Contact Lenses, 15 ECTS credits (4.5 out of 15)
  • 1OP059 Optometric Clinic 3, 7.5 ECTS credits
  • 1OP064 Environmental Optometry, 6 ECTS credits
  • Elective courses

For more information about the study programme, please visit the programme website (presented in Swedish).

Curriculum 15/16

Semester Course ECTS Credits

1OP053 Geometrical optics

1OP054 Physical optics

1OP050 Optometry 1

1OP051 General anatomy

1OP052 General physiology







1OP043 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases 1

1OP044 Optometry 2

1OP055 Optimal Image Quality

1OP056 Pathology

1OP057 Microbiology







1OP045 Refraction 1

1OP046 Ocular Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases 2

1OP016 Pharmacology

1OP017 Optics of the human eye






1OP015 Perception

1OP047 Refraction 2

1OP014 Optical instruments

1OP062 Contact Lenses and Chemistry

1OP048 Optometric Clinic 1

1OP018 Low vision








1OP026 Statistics and Science Methods

1OP049 Degree Project in Optometry

1OP058 Optometric Clinic 2

1OP063 Contact Lenses


10.5 out of 15


10.5 out of 15


1OP063 Contact Lenses

1OP049 Degree Project in Optometry

1OP059 Optometric Clinic 3

1OP064 Environmental Optometry

Elective courses

4.5 out of 15

4.5 out of 15





Application deadlines

  • May 1 (for studies during the autumn semester 2015)
  • October 15 (for studies during the spring semester 2016)

Who can apply? When you have been nominated by your home university for exchange studies at Karolinska Institutet, you can apply using the form below.

Will I be admitted? There are only a limited number of places on curricular courses and projects. You apply in competition and a study place cannot be guaranteed. Please choose more than one alternative when filling in the application form, since that will increase you chances of being admitted.

How do I apply? Start the on-line application below by selecting your home university, preferred period of study and language of instruction. Then look through the entire form and read all the information carefully, especially under proposed study programme at Karolinska Institutet. Mandatory information is marked " * ". You will not be able to submit the application if you omit this information.

Have all the information ready when you start. Once you have started to enter the required information on-line, you cannot save it to continue at a later stage. This means that you must have all information ready by the time you wish to submit your application, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. As long as you are actively entering information, there is no time limit.

Remember to print the application and registration number. Please note that you must print your application before you submit it electronically. You submit the application by pressing the "Submit" button at the end of the form. Note that when this is done you cannot make any changes! You will immediately get a notification that your application has been registered along with a registration number unique to your application. Please make a note of this registration number as it is used to check the status of your application.

What do I do with my printed application? Once you have printed the application, sign it and also have it signed by the international coordinator or contact person at your university. Please send the application to the international student coordinator by regular mail, together with :

  • A verified transcript of credits and grades, i.e. list of courses passed at your home university
  • A verified copy of your passport, where your photo and details are visible. The copy MUST be certified by your university, i.e. signed and stamped by somebody who works at your university, who can certify that it is a copy of your passport. A copy of an ID-card is not sufficient.
  • One photograph (passport size )

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

The information you enter will be stored in a database and treated according to PUL (Personal Data Act - Swedish Code of Statutes, SFS 1998:204).

Application form 15/16


Administrative officer

Magdalena Palmquist

Phone: 08-524 864 71
Organizational unit: Student- och karriärservice
E-mail: Magdalena.Palmqvist@ki.se

More information about the study programme

Optometry encompasses the diagnosis and measurement of refractive error in the optics of the eye, and the visual problems that this can cause. Optometry also covers the treatment of such problems.

The study programme is based on the concepts of the eye, vision and optical correction. Students learn to understand morbid changes to the eye through the study, first and foremost, of medicine, optics, physiological optics and contact lens technology.

Teaching methods include individual and group study, lectures, clinical work, practical exercises, project work, seminars and field studies.

The study programme is offered in association with the Royal Institute of Technology.

After graduation

Optometrists normally work in optometry practices or in hospitals. They also work with visual correction using contact lenses and glasses for people with eye diseases and with eye tests for children. Work opportunities also exist in the optical industry and at low vision centres, where optometrists help people with impaired vision.

Degree ProgrammeOptometry