Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry

At a glance
Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry Handbook
Duration: 3 to 4 years

Overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree encourages initiative and originality in research. Students will make a significant contribution to knowledge in their field and will be competent to carry out research in their chosen area.

Length of Study

3 to 4 years of advanced study full time (or part time equivalent), leading to the submission of a thesis. Minimum duration is 3 years.

Entry Requirements

A first or upper second-class Honours degree in the relevant discipline from UNSW, or an equivalent qualification from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Faculty of Science Research Training Committee. In exceptional cases, an applicant who the RTC considers holds equivalent academic and professional qualifications may be permitted to enrol.

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Course Structure

This program involves a minimum of three years full-time study. Students undertake supervised research leading to the production of the thesis. 

The length of a doctoral thesis normally should not exceed 100,000 words of text and should be submitted for examination within 4 years of full-time study.

Further information

Applicants should have an appropriate Bachelor's degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales or an equivalent qualification from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Faculty of Science Higher Degree Committee. In some cases, the applicant may be required to carry out a qualifying program before being permitted to enrol. Applicants without a first-class honours degree are usually enrolled initially as MSc candidates.

Applicants for admission to our research programs should first contact the Postgraduate Coordinator (Dr Maria Markoulli) and complete the School's expression of interest form to identify their proposed area of research and suitable supervision.

Information regarding the UNSW application process and scholarship opportunities for domestic and international students can be found at https://research.unsw.edu.au/future-students.

Important note regarding entry into PhD Program
Students who wish to be considered for entry into the PhD program on the basis of successful completion of the MOptom Research Project course OPTM7308 will be expected to achieve a grade of High Distinction and good referees' reports for their Research Project thesis.