Admission Requirements

Master of Optometry (MOptom)

Candidates for the MOptom degree should have a Bachelor of Optometry qualification from the University of New South Wales or other approved university at a standard acceptable to the Postgraduate Coursework Committee of the Faculty of Science. Other related qualifications and experience may also be taken into consideration.

Coursework Programs (MOptom)

Applicants for admission to any of the postgraduate coursework programs should visit where an application may be completed on-line.

If you are an international applicant, you may find the following web site helpful (see left hand column: How to Apply). Sponsored applicants should note that an International Sponsorship Registration Form must be submitted with their application, and information on this may be found at the same site (see left hand column: Sponsored Students).

For information on all aspects of studying as an international student at UNSW, please visit

Some international students may be eligible to apply for an exemption from sitting the UMAT - please contact the School office for details.

You should also contact the Postgraduate Administrator (Coursework), to discuss your proposed enrolment.

Important note regarding English language requirements:
The University of New South Wales requires an IELTS score of 6.5 for enrolment in postgraduate courses. Students who barely reach this standard will have considerable difficulties in meeting course requirements for many postgraduate courses offered by the School of Optometry and Vision Science. Good English competency is therefore recommended before considering enrolment.

Important note about enrolment in specialty postgraduate courses:
It is expected that students will have strong foundational knowledge in specialty areas before their enrolment in some postgraduate courses. Before enrolment you should contact the Postgraduate Administrator (Postgraduate Coursework), for further advice. In particular, there may be additional hurdles to gain entry into the following courses:

OPTM7104 Advanced Contact Lens Studies
OPTM7205 Specialty Contact Lens Studies
OPTM7103 Behavioural Optometry 1
OPTM7203 Behavioural Optometry 2

Please contact the Postgraduate Administrator (Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapy), for further advice on the following courses:

OPTM7213 Ocular Therapy
OPTM7117 Ocular Therapy 2