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The Master of Optometry program is intended to provide students with advanced knowledge and clinical skills in Optometry and Vision Science. The program is designed to provide a broad range of courses that offer students training in clinical and theoretical aspects of Optometry with opportunities to advance their knowledge in a number of fields such as Contact Lenses, Visual Neuroscience, Business Skills, Occupational Optometry, Community Eye Health and Behavioural Optometry. Admission is limited to students with a minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree in Optometry with a credit average. Upon completion graduates will have advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the profession.

Note: The Master of Optometry program does not include any clinical training and is not appropriate for people wanting to train for registration to practice as an Optometrist in Australia.



Study Level


Typical duration

1.7 Years

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, Fully online, Research

Intake Period

Term 1, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Optometry - MOptom



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Program Structure

Students must complete 72 UOC as a standalone program.

The program consists of 72 UOC comprised of:
1. 12-18 UOC of Core Courses
2. 42-60 UOC of Prescribed Electives
3. Up to 18 UOC of non-compulsory Free Electives from any Faculty in the University, subject to the approval of the Program Authority.

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Entry Requirements
Progression Requirements

Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information

International students can take a maximum of 25% of their courses via distance or online. Therefore, where international students receive advanced standing into the program and are only required to take 48 UOC to complete the degree, they can take a maximum of 12 UOC of courses chosen from OPTM7003, OPTM7001 and OPTM7006.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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