Overview

The Master of Clinical Optometry is a two-year degree that serves as a pathway to registered practice as an optometrist in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. It combines the theoretical discipline of vision science – the optics of lenses and instruments, the physiology of the eye, the psychophysics of vision and neuroscience – with the clinical art of primary eye care, which covers the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, the dispensing of spectacles and contact lenses, the management of people with special needs (children, low vision), sports vision and vision in the workplace.

Program Code

8095

CRICOS Code

093022B

Total units of credit (UOC)

96

Campus

Kensington

Indicative Enrolments

148

Why choose this degree?

Job opportunities in this field are excellent and are expected to remain so, given the high visual demands in the modern computer-based workplace and the ageing population in Australia.

Who should choose this degree?

Professional, practising optometrists take this degree to train in the prescription of ocular therapeutics, or as a pathway to the Master of Optometry.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Clinical optometrist

Accreditation / Professional Recogntion

On completion, you can apply for registration with the Optometry Board leading to the practice of optometry in Australia, New Zealand and most parts of Asia.

Entry requirements

Direct pathway:

Entry into the dual award 3182 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry program. Students must maintain an overall CREDIT average (65%) at the end of the Bachelor of Vision Science component of the program to progress to the Master of Clinical Optometry. Students who do not meet this requirement are expected to exit the program with a Bachelor of Vision Science degree.

Alternative pathway:

Program 8095 is only open to students who have completed program 3181 (BVisSci) from UNSW.

Applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Vision Science (3181) degree at UNSW may apply for entry into the Master of Clinical Optometry. Admission into the Master of Clinical Optometry will be a competitive process that is based on academic performance. To be considered for entry into the Master of Clinical Optometry, students must have at least an overall CREDIT average (65% WAM) in their completed undergraduate degree, however, there is no guarantee of a place in the Master of Clinical Optometry as only a limited number will be available.

Students with a Bachelor of Vision Science degree (or equivalent) from an international institution are advised to either apply for the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry (3182) program, or the Bachelor of Vision Science (3181) and apply for entry into the Master of Clinical Optometry via the above competitive selection process. The award of credit in recognition of prior learning (RPL) for external students will be considered (in accordance with UNSW RPL policy and procedure), and a study plan will be developed on a case by case basis.

Students with a Bachelor of Vision Science degree (or equivalent) from an Australian or New Zealand institution are advised to either apply for the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry (3182) program, or the Bachelor of Vision Science (3181) and apply for entry into the Master of Clinical Optometry via the above competitive selection process. The award of credit in recognition of prior learning (RPL) for external students will be considered (in accordance with UNSW RPL policy and procedure), and a study plan will be developed on a case by case basis.

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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