Vision Science is the study of the sensory processes that underlie vision, and the development and use of vision-related technologies. This degree is designed to develop scientists who can work within ophthalmic industries to develop new technologies, diagnostic instruments and patient care options.

Through theoretical studies and direct training, you will graduate with a broad and deep understanding of the areas relevant to a career in vision science, such as optics, anatomy and functioning of the eye, eye disorders, clinical optometry, ocular therapy, sensation and perception and psychophysics. You will also learn about research design, methods and experimentation that can be applied in the field.

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Why choose this degree?

Completion of the Bachelor of Vision Science will provide opportunities in a wide range of public and private sector areas that specialise in primary eye care, optical devices, technologies, teaching and scientific research in vision and ophthalmology.

Degree Structure

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Career opportunities

  • Ophthalmic assistant
  • Ophthalmic industries
  • Eye and vision research

Assumed Knowledge

Chemistry; English (Advanced); Mathematics; Physics

Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank


2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels
2018 IB Diploma


2018 QLD OP


Assumed knowledge includes Chemistry, English (Advanced), Mathematics* and Physics. Students who have not studied HSC Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics are strongly advised to enrol in an approved bridging course.

*Please note that general Mathematics does not meet the necessary level of assumed knowledge.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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