The Master of Optometry program is intended to provide students with advanced knowledge and clinical skills in Optometry and Vision Science. The program is designed to provide a broad range of courses that offer students training in clinical and theoretical aspects of Optometry with opportunities to advance their knowledge in a number of fields such as Contact Lenses, Visual Neuroscience, Business Skills, Occupational Optometry, Community Eye Health and Behavioural Optometry. Admission is limited to students with a minimum of a three-year undergraduate degree in Optometry with a credit average. Upon completion graduates will have advanced disciplinary knowledge and skills to meet the demands of the profession.
Completion of a recognized bachelor degree
Meet English requirements.
* Some programs have additional entry requirements, please contact UNSW for this information.
Developed communication, critical thinking and problem solving skills through an effective and enriched learning environment that is evidenced based.
Developed advanced disciplinary knowledge that is both theoretical and practical in a number of contemporary fields most relevant to the optometry profession.
Developed knowledge and skills in the use of specialised optometric technologies and methodologies
Developed knowledge and skills in research methods and evidence based practices to foster life-long learning, critical analysis and independent enquiry.
Gained appropriate training and experience in effective communication to a range of audiences including one-on-one interactions with patients and to a group.
Gained a national and global outlook of contemporary issues most relevant to research and the practice of optometry.
The program requires students to complete 72 Units of Credit (UOC) of advanced disciplinary courses. This comprises two core courses focusing on evidence based practice and research skills, and elective courses offered through the School of Optometry and Vision Science (see below). A number of the courses have pre-requisites, co-requisites or exclusions, as indicated in the course descriptions. Up to 12 UOC of postgraduate level courses may be taken elsewhere in the University subject to the approval of the Program Authority. The courses are taught using different modes of delivery including face-to-face interactions, workshops, online learning and clinical practicals and workshops.
The program may be completed in one and half years full-time or two or more years part-time. Courses offered will only be conducted if there is sufficient demand. For information on which courses are being run refer to www.optom.unsw.edu.au.
OPTM7302 Evidence Based Optometry (6 UOC)
OPTM7108 Research Skills in Optometry (6 UOC) or OPTM7308 Research Project (12 UOC)
OPTM7003 Epid of Blinding Eye Diseases (6 UOC)
OPTM7005 Eye Hlth Econ & Sustainability (6 UOC)
OPTM7006 Eye Care Program Management (6 UOC)
OPTM7103 Behavioural Optometry 1 (6 UOC)
OPTM7104 Adv. Contact Lens Studies 1 (6 UOC)
OPTM7110 Public Health Optometry (6 UOC)
OPTM7115 Visual Neuroscience (6 UOC)
OPTM7203 Behavioural Optometry 2 (6 UOC)
OPTM7205 Specialty Contact Lens Studies (6 UOC)
OPTM7444 Business Skills in Optometry (12 UOC)
OPTM7511 Advanced Ocular Disease 1 (6 UOC)
OPTM7521 Advanced Ocular Disease 2 (6 UOC)
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