Study Programme in Optometry 2008/2009
3 years, 180 ECTS credits, 50 places every autumn semester.
An optometrist specialises in human eyesight. Many people with eye problems consult an optometrist in the first instance. Although most optometrists work in private practices, optometrists are often also employed in hospitals and optical suppliers and may also work in the optical industry or in industry related to design and lighting.
The programme comprises three years of full-time study. It is based on the concepts of eyesight, vision and optical correction. Students also learn about pathological changes in the eye. The principal subjects are medicine, optics, optical physiology and contact lens technology. Teaching is organised by Karolinska Institutet in co-operation with Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH, Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm. Studies are performed individually or on a group basis and consist of lectures, clinical work, practicals, project work, seminars and field studies. Training is divided into a preclinical part (Semesters 1 and 2) and a clinical part (Semesters 3-5 and part of 6), and a part that includes a project and elective course (part of Semester 6). Each specific subject area is covered in one course. A course may be further subdivided. Like all other higher education programmes, this programme will prepare students for research and development work.
The programme requires full time studies (equivalent to 40 hours/week). An examination follows each course, but there is no final examination after the completed programme. Courses are scheduled and compulsory. The major part of the courses cannot be taken in parallel.
To obtain a Bachelor of Science in Optometry students must have acquired the knowledge and skills required to be able to test, construct and supply optical aids independently in accordance with the regulations that apply to activities as an optometrist. Students must also have acquired knowledge of applicable healthcare legislation. The Study Programme in Optometry prepares students for independent and clinical work as an optometrist, helps them develop a professional vocational role with a scientific code of conduct, and prepares them for further studies and research and development work.
Language of instruction
The language of instruction is Swedish. Most of the course literature is in English. For options in English, see the specific information for exchange students under established exchange agreements.
On successful completion of the programme, students are awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science in Optometry (Medicine kandidatexamen i optometri) and a Bachelor of Science in Optometry (Optikerexamen 120 credits).
Graduates of this programme are qualified to undertake the one-year Masters in Clinical Optometry (given for the first time in the Autumn of 2008) and doctoral studies.
After completing the programme graduates can, for example, work in an optometrists, run their own practice or work as sales representatives, for example. Graduates can also choose to conduct research at Karolinska Institutet or KTH, or work/conduct research in the optics industry.
St Erik's Eye Hospital, KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology), KI Campus Solna.