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Overview

The Professional Doctorate of Clinical Research in Optometry is an applied research professional degree that is designed specifically for clinicians in optometry or cognate areas. It provides an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with the coursework component of relevant Masters programs. Participation in the DCRO will lead to the presentation of a doctoral thesis. 

The DCRO may be undertaken on either a part-time or full-time basis.

Programs Structure

The proposed DCRO is designed as a three year full-time equivalent program (3 years minimum, 4 years expected duration), structured as one-third coursework (equivalent to one year full-time) and two-thirds research (equivalent to two years full-time).

Students will undertake 48 UoC of coursework courses selected from relevant programs including the Master of Optometry (8073), or Master of Public Health (9045) or other suitable Level 9 AQF courses.Core courses will include a OPTM7302 Evidence Based Optometry (6 UOC) and an approved statistical training course appropriate for the field of research (6 UOC).

The 2-year research component of the DCRO may be undertaken on a part-time or full-time basis and may be based in the student's clinical practice or place of work. Similar to the PhD in Optometry and PhD in Vision Science, the research consists of independent study supported by an academic supervisor and successful completion requires that the study constitutes an original and significant contribution to knowledge.

See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.

Campus

Kensington

Study Level

Research

Typical duration

4 Years

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, Research

Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit

144

Award type

Professional Doctorate

Award(s)

Doctor of Clinical Research in Optometry - DClinResOptom

CRICOS Code

093084K

Program Structure

Students must complete 144 UOC as a standalone program.

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Prescribed Electives

Prescribed Electives description.

Students complete 36 UoC of courses from relevant programs including the Master of Optometry (8073), the Master of Community Eye Health (8761) or the Master of Public Health (9045) or other suitable Level 9 AQF courses.

Research component

Students undertake a 3-year research component, which may be based in the student's clinical practice or place of work, consisting of independent study supported by an academic supervisor that constitutes an original and significant contribution to knowledge.

Entry Requirements

Additional Information

For further information on policies, procedures and forms, see the Graduate Research website.

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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