Master of Optometry

Interested candidates for the 2022 program can contact Anne Barnes at to register their interest. The program will commence in February 2022

The Master of Optometry program is designed to extend students’ clinical skills, update and advance their knowledge in a range of clinical and theoretical areas of optometry and vision science. The program offers students opportunities to advance their disciplinary knowledge in as areas including Ocular Disease, Contact Lenses, Visual Neuroscience, Occupational Optometry, Evidence-based Optometry, Community Eye Health and now also Myopia Management. The program provides a solid foundation for career progression in clinical practice and is also a well-recognised channel into research opportunities at UNSW.

The key features of this UNSW program are as follows:

  • Australia’s best established Masters program in Optometry  – the Master of Optometry at UNSW has been running since 1970 
  • Flexible learning – The program consists of courses offered in a blended format of online webinars, face-to face lectures, clinical workshops and clinical placements, allowing students to complete the course full-time or part-time.
  • Transfer credits are available for graduates of approved optometry undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
  • Opportunities to conduct a research projects at the highest-ranked optometry school for research in Australiasia.


Applicants for admission to any of the postgraduate coursework programs should visit the Future Students website where an application may be completed on-line.  Admission is limited to students with a minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree in Optometry with a credit average.  Applicants with the equivalent of an AQF level 8 Bachelor Honours degree in Optometry may be awarded advanced standing for a maximum of 24 UOC and may complete the degree within one year of full time study (48 UOC). These students will still be required to complete the core course requirements for the program but will take fewer elective courses.

To express your interest, or if you have further enquiries, please contact the Teaching Support Administrative Officer Anne Barnes at:


For more information about the Master of  Optometry, view the 2021 handbook.