Optometry and Vision Sciences

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If you’re interested in an exceptional preparation for a career in optometry or to upskill your practice, sign up to learn more about our courses.

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Optometry is a dynamic and challenging healthcare specialisation that trains you to examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system and the eyes.

  • Entry to practice: Doctor of Optometry

    The Doctor of Optometry (OD) program is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, creating a new benchmark in optometric education. It is an internationally recognised qualification with full accreditation from the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ).

    The OD degree is a four-year full-time program consisting of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements. The course covers the basic and applied optical, visual, and biomedical sciences that underpin optometry.

  • Master of Biomedical Science (Vision Sciences)

    The Master of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne is a coursework master’s degree incorporating a substantial research project.

    The Vision Science Specialisation gives students the opportunity to undertake a substantive research project in a field of choice as well as a broad range of coursework subjects including a professional skills component, as a pathway to PhD study or to the workforce.

  • Advance your career
    • Master of Clinical Optometry
      • Designed to be compatible with the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirements of the Optometry Board of Australia, the Master of Optometry offers recognisable CPD outcomes for optometrists in a structure that is manageable for working professionals.
      • Registration to practice in Australia is NOT granted on completion of this course.
    • Specialist Certificate in Anterior and Dry Eye Disorders
      • The subject will provide optometrists with the tools necessary to develop a deeper, evidence-based understanding of anterior eye disease, including dry eye, thus empowering them to improve their clinical skills.
      • Registration to practice in Australia is NOT granted on completion of this course
    • Specialist Certificate in Eye Banking
      • This is a post-graduate professional level program, accredited by the Eye Bank Association of Australia and New Zealand, providing comprehensive training for those already working in the eye banking sector.