About

About Us

The School is one of the largest in Asia and the only Optometry School in NSW. We are committed to forming partnerships with ophthalmic industry and across the health care sector. The School of Optometry and Vision Science is committed to translational research which will lead to practical application and significant improvements in ocular health. The best in practicum experience, the UNSW Optometry Clinic has 65 visiting staff and supports optometry education, providing on-campus clinical training for students. The School runs a Vision Education Centre offering eye screening to primary school children. Since 1990, the Centre has screened more than 18,000 children.

We offer a three-year Bachelor of Vision Science undergraduate program, which can be taken as a standalone degree with the option of an honours year or lead to a two-year Master of Clinical Optometry at the postgraduate level.  The combination of the Bachelor of Vision Science and Master of Clinical Optometry qualifies graduates to practice as an Optometrist in Australia, New Zealand and many Asian countries.

With world-class research facilities and staff with international reputations, the School offers the most comprehensive vision science postgraduate degrees in Australia, including higher degree research; PhD, MSc and a Doctorate in Clinical Research in Optometry.  In addition, coursework degrees such as Master of Optometry, and Graduate Certificates in Ocular Therapeutics and Myopia Management are offered.

Research in the School of Optometry and Vision Science encompasses a diverse range of topics and disciplines, including basic, applied and clinical research in the science of vision.  The School's multidisciplinary approach to research is one of its key strengths. 

The School incorporates the UNSW Optometry Clinic which is open to the public and utilises state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that provides the best in patient eye health management.  Students see patients from a wide variety of ages from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.  The UNSW Optometry Clinic operates several internal clinics that, in conjunction with external placements, offer students a broad experience in many aspects of optometric and eye care including paediatrics and myopia progression control.

Our Vision

In undergraduate education, our aim is to produce graduates of the highest calibre with both superior clinical skills and a thorough understanding of the vision science that underpins clinical practice. A BVisSci/MClinOptom (UNSW) leads directly to registration throughout Australia, in New Zealand and Malaysia as well as being recognised in many countries around the world.

Optometry was a founding discipline of UNSW and the School takes pride in its achievements in teaching and research over the last 50 years. We look forward to expanding and optimising our activities, as well as continuing our leading role in responding to the challenge of providing outstanding vision care for all and providing the knowledge infrastructure to support our changing profession.

Location

The School is located on the Kensington campus and incorporates the UNSW Optometry Clinic, which is open to the public and provides a wide range of clinical services. It also incorporates the Optics and Radiometry Laboratory, which provides a test, calibration, research and development service in matters related to light and colour.

The Rupert Myers Building is also home to several other eyecare, research and education organisations including the Centre for Eye Health, Brien Holden Vision Institute, Optometry Giving Sight and the Vision Cooperative Research Centre, a transnational research centre devoted to addressing the issues of visual defects and preventable blindness.