Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry

Deakin University

The Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry is a specialised combined degree that lets you graduate with a professional qualification in optometry in just three and a half years. You will gain the discipline-specific knowledge and skills to be work-ready and practise as an optometrist in Australia and New Zealand, as well as learn about the broader effects that visual health has on society. Deakin offers Australia's first accelerated optometry course, which means you can graduate and begin your career sooner. Our optometry program will give you a comprehensive understanding of the practice of optometry, with strong foundations in science, inter-professional health practice, commercial awareness and practice management. You will investigate the structure and function of the visual system while learning about various visual health issues and their wider impact on the local and international community. Gain crucial skills in the clinical assessment, treatment and management of eye and vision disorders, as well as forming a strong understanding of the ethical, legal and professional standards of practice. Clinical placements are a big focus of this program. You will take part in a variety of short-term industry placements from your first year, and spend the final six months of the course as a student resident in one of a range of clinical optometric and medical settings. These extensive rotations take place in both metropolitan and regional or rural settings, where you'll consolidate your knowledge and skills under the supervision of qualified optometrists. As well as equipping you to diagnose and manage ocular conditions, this unique combined degree has a strong emphasis on the underlying social and environmental factors that contribute to the health gap between regional communities and urban populations, ensuring you graduate with a well-rounded understanding of the field of optometry.

Course Fee:

International: $197,540

Entry Requirements:

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements We also offer an Indigenous Entry Stream for this course which provides a direct entry pathway for Indigenous Australian applicants. Find out more. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on their performance in: a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent (including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL). OR a Certificate IV in a related discipline or OR a Diploma in any discipline OR Successful completion of relevant study at an accredited higher education institution equivalent to at least two Deakin University units OR Other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent including, for example, successful completion of a Foundation program approved by Faculty Board and/or relevant work or life experience Current year 12 students from regional and remote areas may be eligible for bonus aggregate points through Deakin's Regional and Remote Entry Scheme.


To complete the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry students must attain 40 credit points. This is an accelerated three and a half year course delivered over ten consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1. All the units in the course are core (these are compulsory). Students must pass all first year units, or be granted Recognition of Prior Learning for these units, before proceeding to second year. Due to the integrated nature of the curriculum and assessment, and the requirements of the external accrediting body, from Year 2 onwards, students must pass all units in a given trimester prior to proceeding to the next trimester. Any student who fails to meet this requirement will need to intermit until the next offering of the unit, which will usually be in a period of two trimesters. To support student reintegration to the course after a period of intermission, students will be required to demonstrate that they have maintained skills and knowledge at a level required to practice safely. To support students in doing this, non-award units will be offered in the trimester preceding re-entry to the course. All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

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Study Pathways:

This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

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On successfully completing this course, you can apply for registration to practise as an optometrist in Australia. Deakin optometry has been awarded accreditations by the Optometry Board of Australia, following assessment by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ). You will also be eligible to apply for registration to practise as an optometrist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and to Medicare as a service provider. This will enable you to pursue employment opportunities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Waurn Ponds 95.1 No Full time 3.5 years

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