The Master of Optometry is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge and clinical skills in vision science. You will be able to develop expertise in a number of fields such as contact lenses, visual neuroscience, myopia control, business skills, occupational optometry, and community eye health.This degree has been designed with a variety of teaching methods and intends to appeal to new and established practitioners who hold an undergraduate degree in optometry. On completion, you will have advanced disciplinary knowledge as well as the skills to meet the demands of the profession. The degree doesnt provide clinical training for registration to practise as an optometrist in Australia.

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Why choose this degree?

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.

Who should choose this degree?

Professional, practising optometrists take this degree to upskill and increase their credentials and specialisations.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

Advanced training to enhance clinical practice

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is the equivalent of a three-year AQF level 7 Bachelor degree in Optometry with a credit average. Students with an average between 60 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.

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 Bachelor 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.

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


*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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