Graduate Certificate in Optometry


NOTE: The program is currently offering a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) that will waive upfront fees and reduce costs for domestic students enrolling into Term 2 of 2021. For further information on course and program fees, please visit here

The Graduate Certificate in Optometry is a unique program that provides you with an exciting opportunity to grow your clinical expertise in optometry and diversify your career horizons in vision science.

This Graduate Certificate in Optometry is designed to suit new and established practitioners who hold a degree in optometry. On completion, you will have the knowledge and skills necessary to address the growing demands in the field of ocular health and the changing requirements for practices in ocular health in our society. The program provides a foundation for career progression in clinical practice and is a pathway into higher-degree research opportunities.

An Award-winning Teaching Team 
UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) is the only optometry school in NSW. It is also one of the largest in Australasia and currently ranked #1 in the Asia Pacific. We have outstanding research facilities and staff with world-class reputations for research excellence and global impact in clinical outreach. 

A unique program that offers diversity in study

You will receive training in evidence-based optometry and will be able to choose among courses covering myopia management, community eye care, orientation and mobility, research methods, as well as public health. 

The following courses are available for enrolment in this program:

Term 2 2021

Term 3 2021

OPTM7302 Evidence Based Optometry

OPTM7218 Research Project

OPTM7218 Research Project

OPTM7208 Research Skills

OPTM7208 Research Skills

OPTM7001 Introduction to Community Eye Health

OPTM7612 Myopia Management (OPTM7611 pre-requisite)

OPTM7115 Visual Neuroscience
(only offered if enough students and for students who have not
taken VISN5511)

VISN5511 The Visual System, Impairments and Implications
(only available to students who have not taken OPTM7115)


VISN5512 Sensory Processes and Movement


VISN5513 Orientation and Mobility Foundations:
Disability, Diversity and Inclusion



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

To express your interest, or if you have further enquiries, please contact the teaching support administrative officer Dr Anne Barnes at:


For more information about the Graduate Certificate in Optometry, view the 2021 handbook.