The Master of Optometry develops expertise in contact lenses, visual neuroscience, myopia control, occupational optometry and community eye health.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Medicine and Health
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Fully online, Research
Award
Master of Optometry
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1.7 Year(s)

Overview

The Master of Optometry is a postgraduate degree designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and clinical skills in evidence-based optometry and vision science. Students will be able to develop their expertise in multiple areas, including contact lenses, sensory neuroscience, myopia control and community eye health, business and public health. Courses in this degree use a variety of teaching methods that are intended to appeal to new and established practitioners who hold an undergraduate degree or equivalent in optometry.  

Students will have the option to enrol in up to 18UoC in selected electives from UNSW Business School (Management/Marketing) and School of Population Health (Public Health). Business electives will provide the diversity in training required for students to develop their management skills and marketing capability within the changing economic climate. Public Health courses will provide students with opportunities to apply their skills in optometry to broader areas of health through research training and clinical practice.  

The Master of Optometry degree is a high-level program that is intended for practising optometrists and does not provide the foundation clinical training required for registration as an optometrist in Australia.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

This degree gives you the choice of enrolling in the full postgraduate coursework program to obtain further qualifications, or you can complete individual courses for your continuing professional education.
 

Program Code
8073
CRICOS Code
081122G
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Indicative Enrolments
21

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Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is the equivalent of a three-year AQF level 7 bachelor's degree in optometry with a credit average. Students with an average between 50 and 65 will be considered for admission at the discretion of the Postgraduate Coordinator taking into consideration performance in optometry courses completed in the undergraduate program, and post-conferral clinical experience.

Applicants with the equivalent of an AQF level 8 honours degree in optometry may be awarded advanced standing for a maximum of 24 UOC and may complete the degree within one year of full time study (48 UOC). These students will still be required to complete the core course requirements for the program but will take fewer elective courses.

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

The minimum requirement is the equivalent of a three-year AQF level 7 bachelor's degree in optometry with a credit average. Students with an average between 50 and 65 will be considered for admission at the discretion of the Postgraduate Coordinator taking into consideration performance in optometry courses completed in the undergraduate program, and post-conferral clinical experience.

Prospective international students should note that they will need to meet the University's English language requirements.

Applicants with the equivalent of an AQF level 8 honours degree in optometry may be awarded advanced standing for a maximum of 24 UOC and may complete the degree within one year of full time study (48 UOC). These students will still be required to complete the core course requirements for the program but will take fewer elective courses.

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Full program structure

Future careers

Advance your knowledge and skill as an optometrist 
The demand for optometrists remains steady in Australia and globally, due to ageing and growing populations. By 2036 the number of optometrists is likely to increase with Australia’s population projected to reach 32.4 million people.  

In order to adapt to the diversity in the challenges in health that will arise, it is critical for optometrists to acquire the high-level knowledge and skills necessary to remain at the forefront of future innovations that will address the real-world demands in clinical practice and business practices of the profession. The Master of Optometry degree allows optometrists to develop expertise in contact lenses, sensory neuroscience, myopia control, community eye health, as well as business and public health. 

Across the world, over 2.2 billion people experience vision impairment or blindness. Access to proper eye care can correct many of these cases through different clinical measures. Sadly, for people living in communities with limited access to health care, treatment for vision problems is often inadequate. Advancing your skills and knowledge as a qualified optometrist will better position you to adapt to domestic and global challenges in the sector.   

Accreditation

This high-level degree is open to qualified optometrists and does not provide the foundational pathway to register as an optometrist in Australia.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$34,080*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$51,240*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$40,800*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$62,940*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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