The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics is a one-year program accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ). You will study three part-time courses that cover the didactic and clinical components of ocular therapy. On completion of this specialised program you will be able to prescribe topical therapeutic agents effectively, safely and in line with relevant legislation to manage ocular disease in your optometry patients.This is also the longest active Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in Australia, with an award-winning teaching team and a broad availability of clinical placement sites.

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Why choose this degree?

This program comprises self-paced online distance education modules as well as limited face-to-face sessions for clinical skill development, allowing you to learn flexibly and concurrently with your optometry practice. 

Who should choose this degree?

Practising optometrists in Australia and New Zealand take this program to train in ocular therapeutics and gain therapeutic endorsement. Overseas trained optometrists without therapeutics education may also take this program as one part of becoming registered to practice in Australia or New Zealand. Some courses may also be used as part of the Master of Optometry program.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates of this program can register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for therapeutic endorsement as an optometrist.

Accreditation / Professional Recognition

This program is an approved program of study of the Optometry Board of Australia and the Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Board New Zealand.

Entry requirements

To gain entry to this program, students must:

  1. Have at least a three-year full-time AQF level 7 Bachelor degree in Optometry.
  2. Be local (Australia and New Zealand) candidates only.

This program is only open for Term 1 enrolments and is completed part time.

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 with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*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.

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