By Coursework

The Master of Optometry (MOptom) is a coursework postgraduate program, with a comprehensive range of courses intended to appeal to new and established practitioners. Many of the courses have been designed using a variety of teaching methods. It is a specific aim of the School to provide further education for optometrists in country areas and states that are physically remote from an Optometry School. To this end, some courses are offered in a multi-modal format. It is the School's intention to offer more courses in these modes in the future. In this way, we intend to make them accessible to practising optometrists who wish to obtain further qualifications, as well as those who would like an update on specific topics as part of continuing professional education. Candidates may enrol in a full postgraduate coursework program or individual courses for professional continuing education purposes.

The MOptom is offered on a full-time or part-time basis and consist mainly of coursework with a compulsory research component. There are two compulsory courses and pre-requisites, co-requisites and exclusions may apply. The MOptom can be completed in one and a half years of full-time study, or in two or more* years of part-time study#.

#International students are required to maintain full-time enrolment to satisfy visa requirements.

Applicants may apply for this program by clicking here The program code for the Master of Optometry is 8073.

In addition, courses may be taken individually as non-award and may be later incorporated into a program (providing they make up no more than half). In this way, study may be carried out in smaller commitments over a longer period of time*.

*There is a maximum time limit - contact the Postgraduate Administrator for details.

The School offers the following courses for the MOptom and for continuing education.

It is important to note that not all courses will be offered each year. Courses only run subject to sufficient enrolment numbers. The School reserves the right to cancel courses because of insufficient enrolments.

Note: The Master of Optometry is designed to provide further training including clinical training to established optometrists. It is not appropriate for people wanting to train for registration to practice as an optometrist in Australia. 

Code Course Title
OPTM7302 Evidence Based Optometry*
OPTM7301     Advanced Clinical Optometry
OPTM7104     Advanced Contact Lens Studies 1
OPTM7205     Specialty Contact Lens Studies
OPTM7103 Behavioural Optometry 1
OPTM7203     Behavioural Optometry 2
OPTM7307 Clinical Imaging
OPTM7213     Ocular Therapy
OPTM7117     Ocular Therapy 2
OPTM7308     Research Project
OPTM7108     Research Skills in Optometry
OPTM7115     Visual Neuroscience
OPTM7511 Advance Diagnosis and management of Ocular Disease 1
OPTM7521 Advance Diagnosis and management of Ocular Disease 2

*Core Course

Master of Community Eye Health (MCEH)

This program is currently suspended and no new enrolments are being accepted.

Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics (GradCertOcTher)

The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics offers specialised training in ocular therapy, such that endorsed and registered optometrists will be able to prescribe approved ocular therapeutic agents for the benefit of their patients. The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics developed by the University of New South Wales is accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand and addresses the Competency Standards for Ocular Therapeutics established by the Optometry Board of Australia.

Candidates for the GradCertOcTher must have at least a three-year Optometry degree. Potential applicants with a comparable qualification should liaise with the Postgraduate Administrator to determine their suitability prior to enrolling.

Program of study:  The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics comprises two part time courses of 12 units of credit each (24 units of credit in total); Ocular Therapy 1 (OPTM 7213, didactic component) and Ocular Therapy 2 (OPTM 7117, clinical component). Successful completion of OPTM 7213 (achieving an aggregate examination mark of 65% or above) will allow candidates to progress to the clinical component in OPTM 7117.  The program may be completed in two semesters (1 year).


Course Title


Ocular Therapy 1 (12 UOC)


Ocular Therapy 2 (12 UOC)

International and local students may apply for OPTM7213 but progression to OPTM7117 requires the student to be a registered optometrist in Australia. OPTM7117 requires students to attend hospital placements that may involve interstate travel and this would be at their own expense.

Applicants may apply for this program by clicking here The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics is 7436. If your degree is not from UNSW you will be asked to supply certified copies of your undergraduate transcripts and testamur. You may also be asked to supply certified proof of your Australian citizenship and any name change that occurred after completing your degree.

For further information on the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics please see the UNSW handbook or contact:

·         Professor Fiona Stapleton (Academic enquiries)
·         Fiona Anderson (Administrative enquiries)