Postgraduate Coursework Degrees

The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Sydney offers coursework programs for Optometry graduates. Our four postgraduate coursework programs are the Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics, the Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management, the Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility, and the Master of Optometry. The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics is offered in consecutive years, with applications being accepted for January 2022.The Graduate Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics  and Graduate Certificate in Myopia Management programs are offered on a part-time basis. The Graduate Diploma in Orientation and Mobility will be offered as a full time online course  in Term 2, 2021. The Master of Optometry program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis. International students, however, are required to maintain full time enrolment to satisfy visa conditions.


Postgraduate Coursework

The Master of Optometry provides you with superior knowledge and expertise in fields such as contact lenses, visual neuroscience, myopia control, business skills, occupational optometry, and community eye health.

The MOptom program helped me to advance my clinical skills, strengthen my procedural confidence and widen opportunities. I have been back to Hong Kong and worked in a referral clinic to triage patients and fit Orthokeratology lenses, mini-scleral lenses and keratoconic lenses. Most importantly, the satisfaction I experienced in completing a research project swayed me towards a career in research and I commenced my PhD in 2015. The results of my research project were subsequently published in a peer reviewed journal.

  • Kam Chun Ho, BSc (Hons) Optom, MOptom, PhD

The MOptom program offered a variety of courses to enhance my knowledge and professional skills.  The combination of face-to-face and online learning allowed me to undertake this program part-time whilst continuing to work full-time.  The courses provided both clinical and theoretical teaching and have greatly enriched my critical thinking, writing and presentation skills. The research component of the program also gave me an opportunity to conduct a one-year research project and produce a paper which has now been accepted for publication. 

  • Katherine Wong, BOptom/BSci (Hons), MOptom

I consider it the best decision of my life to do a PhD at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW, Sydney. The enriching, extensive knowledge and state of the art skills of my supervisors, peers and other academic staff during my candidature has smoothed the path of my academic career. Their help has led me to be at the front of the line in my research field. The work environment has not only been beneficial to my academic career but also to myself as a person. My colleagues care about who I am as an individual and have provided me with support in all aspects of my life. I am truly grateful for their lifelong care, mentorship and friendship in UNSW and therefore I will not hesitate to say that pursuing PhD in UNSW Sydney has been an unforgettable and fruitful experience.

  • Dr Cecilia Chao

The School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW was the ideal place for me to pursue my PhD studies. The training and guidance I received at UNSW and from my mentors at the Brien Holden Vision Institute have equipped me with the skillset necessary to be successful in my career. I enjoyed working with my mentors and the various faculty members at UNSW who supported me in everything I did. I am especially appreciative of the level of care and encouragement that I received during my PhD studies. My interactions with UNSW faculty have resulted in some life-long friendships. Pursuing a PhD on this beautiful campus at one of the most beautiful cities in the world would surely be a wonderful experience.

  • Carolina Kunnen, BOptom, BHealth, PhD



Current Local students share their experiences:

  • Daniel Rafla (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy covers all facets of a research degree, providing the necessary experience and the basis to be able to undertake the PhD program.

  • Albert Lee (MPhil)

The MPhil is giving me an opportunity to make a difference to the lives of refugees and people seeking asylum, and is providing me a skillset to research, promote and advocate for better outcomes in humanity.

  • Allan Ared (DOptom)

I am able to apply research to practical problems, formulate solutions to complex issues, and design effective solutions within my field of optometric expertise.

  • Suki Jaiswal (PhD)

Research study widens your scope of career opportunities and provides a supportive platform to learn new research and clinical skills as well as broaden professional networks.

  • Adam Samuels (PhD)

My research enables me to look at some issues I have encountered in practice and allows me to try and find solutions for them.

  • Jeremy Chiang (PhD)

I wanted to be at the forefront of new discoveries that are clinically relevant and translatable to real-world impact.

  • Peter Wagner (PhD)

I find it exciting to get to the edge of current knowledge. Designing experiments where things reveal their true nature is just fascinating.

  • Wilson Luu (PhD)

I am developing skills and improve my knowledge base so that I can make a broader impact on society.

  • Elisa Li (PhD)

Research gives you an opportunity to help more people, beyond the limits of your consultation room.

  • Matt Trinh (PhD)

Doing a PhD helps to develop and test my critical thinking and creativity. There are great opportunities to network and collaborate with like-minded people locally and globally.