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Optometry combines the theoretical discipline of vision science with the clinical art of primary eye care. Vision science includes the optics of lenses and instruments, the physiology of the eye, the psychophysics of vision and the neuroscience of the brain.

Optometry includes 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. Graduates of this program will be able to register as an optometrist in Australia. The degree is also recognised in New Zealand and in most parts of Asia. Job opportunities in this field are excellent and are expected to remain excellent given the high visual demands in the modern computer-based workplace, and the ageing population in Australia.

Upon completion of the Master of Clinical Optometry degree, students will be allowed to apply for registration with the Optometry Board leading to the practice of Optometry in Australia, New Zealand and most parts of Asia.

Graduates of the dual award Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry will have specialised knowledge and skills for professional practice and research in Optometry and Vision Science and further learning.



Study Level


Typical duration

5 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Vision Science - BVisSc
Master of Clinical Optometry - MClinOptom

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 240 UOC as a standalone program.

1. 228 UOC - Core Courses in Stages 1 to 5

2. 12 UOC - General Education Courses

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Progression Requirements
Internships and Placements


University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Additional Information

Study Load

This is an intensive full-time program. Only in exceptional circumstances will students be allowed to enrol in a reduced program for a Stage.


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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