Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics

At a Glance
Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics Handbook
Duration: 1 year
Attendance: Primarily online, with two on-campus meetings
Study mode: Online recorded lectures, with regular live webinars


Interested candidates for the 2019 program can contact Fiona Anderson at to register their interest.  The 2019 program will commence in mid-January

 “The profession moves forward and I don’t want to be left behind. (Jane Dinh, Menai, NSW, Class of 2017)” 

  Key features of Redesigned Program 

Diverse and Flexible Content                                     Long History of Experience 

   Australian Designed Program                                     Numerous Clinical Placements 

                     Award Winning Teaching Team                                  Affordable, Commonwealth Supported Fees

Completing the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics counts for 80CPD points 

The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics is designed to provide the knowledge and experience necessary for registered optometrists to prescribe therapeutic agents for the management of ocular disease in Australia and New Zealand.  

This redesigned UNSW program consists of the following key features:  

  • Diverse and flexible content delivery – The course comprises of self-paced online distance education modules (interactive online webinars, discussion groups, lecture recordings and exercises), supported by a single (2 day) targeted face to face session at UNSW for hands on clinical skill development and evaluation.

  • An Australian designed program - This course is based on current and future standards of treatment and management of ocular disease applied to our Australian context.  

  • An award-winning teaching team - Experienced clinical and didactic instructors, drawn from Australia and internationally

  • A long history of experience – The program at UNSW is the longest active Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics Program in Australia and New Zealand and has enrolled more than 525 optometrists since the program began in 2006.

  • Numerous clinical placements – A large network of clinical placement sites are available in New South Wales and Australia wide.

  • Cost effective – Affordable, Commonwealth supported fees set out by UNSW.  

The combination of flexible, self-directed learning packages, targeted skill development session and diverse clinical placements is designed to maximize the educational impact for busy practicing optometrists.  

“Completing the theory component of the course has definitely brought a new edge to my day to day practice. I'm a perfectionist by nature and the course has really set concrete approach to management and diagnosis of conditions like glaucoma, uveitis and the red eye to name just a few.” (Olga Bryskine, Summer Hill, NSW, Class of 2017)” 

“The online format was very convenient. All readings were provided and accessed online through the UNSW library. You really didn’t need to leave your seat! (Kay Kariatlis, Cronulla, NSW, Class of 2017)” 

Units of Credit

The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics program at UNSW is accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ), and runs over 12 months.  Completion of the core courses Ocular Therapy 1 and Ocular Therapy 2 culminates with conferral of a degree certificate from UNSW.  

Length of Study

Length of Program: It is recommended that all components of the program be completed over the course of 12 months, with a maximum enrolment time of 36 months.  

Entry Requirements

Applications for 2019 are now open and can be submitted via  The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics is 7436.  If your degree is not from UNSW Australia, 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. 

Late applications may only be accepted after the closing date subject to space availability.  

Fee Calculator

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

To express your interest, or if you have further enquiries, please contact the postgraduate administrator Fiona Anderson at: