On this page, you’ll find helpful information about studying with UNSW School of Optometry & Vision Science as an undergraduate or postgraduate student. Find details for your student advisor, how to contact us, important policies and procedures, AHPRA registration and much more.
The university uses email as an official form of communication for students. All UNSW students have their own email account. The School of Optometry & Vision Science also makes use of this form of communication.
It's extremely important that you know how to use your zMail and ensure that you check it regularly. You are advised to link your official UNSW email address to your habitual email address (e.g., hotmail). You'll miss out on vital information from the school and university if you do not check your zMail.
For more information, visit the IT Service Centre.
T: (02) 9385-1333
UNSW Future Students Office
T: 1300 UNI NSW (1300 864 679)
The school has an academic staff member appointed as a Student Advisor. You may approach Associate Professor Michele Madigan to talk about any academic or personal issues affecting your studies. Contact details below:
Associate Professor Michele Madigan
Tel: +61 2 9385 9879
For stage 3 program BVisSci (3181) students who wish to enter program MClinOptom (8095) in 2022, view the step-by-step process.
View the admissions from 3181 into 8095 FAQs.
Learn about the program 8095 admission interview.
(Information accurate as of September 2021)
Definition of program weight average mark (WAM)
The above information refers to a program WAM. The program WAM, for purposes of entry into 8095 Master of Clinical Optometry, is calculated using all the courses in the 3181 BVisSci program including the 2 General Education (GenEd) courses (12 UOC). If more than 12 UOC of GenEd have been completed, only the first two GenEd courses will be included in the program WAM. If 3 GenEd courses were completed, with one in one term, and the other two in the same subsequent term, we will count the first GenEd, and the GenEd with the higher mark, out of the other two.
On successful completion of the optometry qualification at UNSW (MClinOptom), students must apply for registration with the Optometry Board of Australia to practice within Australia. As part of this process, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), on behalf of the National Board, must check an applicant’s criminal history to ensure only those practitioners who are suitable and safe to practise are granted registration in Australia. Please see AHPRA for further information. For information on registration in New Zealand, please see: ODOB NZ
For further information on research programs contact our Postgraduate Coordinator: Dr Maria Markoulli
Course information enquiries may be directed to the Postgraduate Research Team:
We aim to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all staff and students, regardless of your race, sex, age, religion, disability, socio-economic background, sexual orientation or gender identity. The school strongly supports and adheres to UNSW’s Equity and Diversity Policy.
Our objective is that no person should come to harm while in association with our school. We aim to use effective communication and training to foster an environment that promotes health, safety and wellbeing.
The School of Optometry and Vision Science has a longstanding relationship with stakeholders from industry, the Optometry and Vision Science profession and UNSW Sydney.
Our visiting committee meets annually to review school activities and provide advice to the Head of School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney. It acts as a technical advisory board to the school and serves as a source of independent advice with regards to strategy and external relations; how best to meet challenges and respond to opportunities. The committee reviews the outcomes of teaching and our research programs and assists in the development of key research and education linkages with external organisations.