Postgraduate

Doctor of Optometry

As a Doctor of Optometry you can make a difference to the health of our community by detecting, diagnosing and managing the increasing eye complications from chronic diseases and conditions suffered by millions of Australians.

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Student Central

The University of Western Australia (M355)
35 Stirling Highway
Perth WA 6009

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

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Career Pathways

To practice as an optometrist in Australia, all graduates are required to register with the Optometry Board of Australia. Graduates can take advantage of high employment rates, with employment opportunities in varied industries such as the private sector, government, not-for-profit and other agencies. You could become a private practitioner in a community practice or hospital based optometrist or explore a career in academia or research.  
 
To practice as an optometrist in Australia, all graduates are required to register with the Optometry Board of Australia. Graduates can take advantage of high employment rates, with employment opportunities in varied industries such as the private sector, government, not-for-profit and other agencies. You could become a private practitioner in a community practice or hospital based optometrist or explore a career in academia or research.  
 

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Course fees

DOMESTIC FEES*
Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual fee, year 1: $33,150 (48 credit points)
Annual fee, year 2: $49,725 (72 credit points)
Annual fee, year 3: $49,725 (72 credit points)

Total course fee: $132,600

INTERNATIONAL FEES*
Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual fee, year 1: $38,125 (48 credit points)
Annual fee, year 2: $57,188 (72 credit points)
Annual fee, year 3: $57,188 (72 credit points)

Total course fee: $152,502

*Fees are an estimate based on proposed fees for 2021 for the approved full-time course structure. Fees are indicative and subject to annual review.

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Australian Government Loan Schemes
If you are eligible for FEE-HELP you can borrow up to the combined HELP limit to pay your tuition fees. This includes all FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and Vet Student Loans and any HECS-HELP loans incurred from 1 January 2020. HECS-HELP debts with a census date prior to 1 January 2020 are not included in the HELP loan limit. For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319.

Find out more at Study Assist. 

Check your HELP balance on myHELPbalance.

Other student loan schemes
Information on student loans is available on the UWA Student Finance website.
Contact the UWA Student Finance team through askUWA.

 

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Course fees

DOMESTIC FEES*
Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual fee, year 1: $33,150 (48 credit points)
Annual fee, year 2: $49,725 (72 credit points)
Annual fee, year 3: $49,725 (72 credit points)

Total course fee: $132,600

INTERNATIONAL FEES*
Postgraduate - fee paying students

Annual fee, year 1: $38,125 (48 credit points)
Annual fee, year 2: $57,188 (72 credit points)
Annual fee, year 3: $57,188 (72 credit points)

Total course fee: $152,502

*Fees are an estimate based on proposed fees for 2021 for the approved full-time course structure. Fees are indicative and subject to annual review.

UWA Fee calculator

Australian Government Loan Schemes
If you are eligible for FEE-HELP you can borrow up to the combined HELP limit to pay your tuition fees. This includes all FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and Vet Student Loans and any HECS-HELP loans incurred from 1 January 2020. HECS-HELP debts with a census date prior to 1 January 2020 are not included in the HELP loan limit. For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319.

Find out more at Study Assist. 

Check your HELP balance on myHELPbalance.

Other student loan schemes
Information on student loans is available on the UWA Student Finance website.
Contact the UWA Student Finance team through askUWA.

 
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2021
$152,400.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Doctor of Optometry

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the DOpt, an applicant must have:

  • a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science at UWA, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA. Recognised bachelor’s degrees are those conferred by Australian universities or higher education institutions recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework or the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR). 
  • the equivalent of a Faculty Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 5.0 - refer to information below regarding the GPA calculation method
  • demonstrated adequate knowledge of each of the following: chemistry (at year 12 or tertiary level) and mathematics (year 12 or tertiary level mathematics or statistics) 
  • a current Australian Police Certificate, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal convictions. The currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

Please refer to further details on the admissions page 


Doctor of Optometry

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a bachelor's degree in biomedical science, or an equivalent qualification, with demonstrated adequate knowledge* as recognised by UWA;
or
(b) bachelor's degree together with demonstrated adequate knowledge* as recognised by UWA;
and
(c) the equivalent of a Health and Medical Sciences UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0;
*demonstrated adequate knowledge of each of the following: chemistry (at year 12 or tertiary level), mathematics (year 12 or tertiary level mathematics or statistics), microbiology (at tertiary level) and pharmacology (at tertiary level);
and
(d) a current Australian National Police Certificate, or equivalent certification, indicating no criminal convictions. The currency of a National Police Certificate is 12 months.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) a structured interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in optometrists, with invitation to attend the interview based on equal weightings under Rule 4(a) or (b), and (c) in alignment with the interview quota for the year;
and
(b) the intake quota for that year;
and
(c) equal weighting of the Health and Medical Sciences UWA GPA and interview.
OR
(d) assured pathway
OR
(e) Dean's List of Commonwealth Supported Places for the intake quota for that year including:
(i) Rural applicants:
(ii) Indigenous applicants; or
(iii) Applicants with Academic merit demonstrating financial need.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

The Doctor of Optometry (DOpt) is an exciting new postgraduate course designed to meet the growing demand for eyecare in Australia. This course prepares you with the professional attributes and skills required for professional practice, so you can deliver safe and responsive person-centred care. Theory and problem-based learning will direct you through the program. The Doctor of Optometry will see you regularly apply your theoretical knowledge in real-world situations, with an emphasis on clinical practice in metro, rural and remote regions of WA, eyecare research and integration into public and private eyecare pathways. Your hands-on and industry supported degree has strong employment and salary prospects.

 

About the course

The Doctor of Optometry is a three-year program that combines on-campus teaching and clinical placements. You will be trained in the early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of eye diseases and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system. The course content and teaching is based on the competency standards for optometrists in Australia and New Zealand, which are: professional responsibilities; communication; patient examination; diagnosis and management; and health information management.
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Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-site professional placement
Starting dates
  • January
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91590
CRICOS code
  • 0101919
Doctor of Optometry
Status
  • Available
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-site professional placement
Starting dates
  • January
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91590
CRICOS code
  • 0101919
Full time/part time duration
  • Three years
TISC Codes
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Doctor of Optometry

Top reasons to study Optometry at UWA

  1. Optometry is a recognised degree in Australia and New Zealand
  2. Meets the increasing demand for eye-care services and the undersupply of optometry in Australia
  3. Extended clinical placements in metro, regional and remote areas with direct patient experience
  4. Exposure to renowned clinicians and researchers through established partnerships with Lions Eye Institute, Lions Outback Vision, SpecSavers, Luxottica and other industry leaders
  5. Undertake a research project with leading institutions including the Lions Eye Institute
 

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The future looks bright - 15.7% projected job growth nationally over the next 5 years
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Our facilities

As an optometry student you have access to a range of world-class facilities that will enhance your learning while at UWA.
These include:

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CLUBS AND SOCIETIES

Health Students' Society

The Health Students' Society (HSS) is a student-run, not-for-profit organisation for undergraduates completing health-related majors at UWA. HSS provides social and education opportunities and encourages students to make the most of their time on campus and of university life. HSS offers a support network for members during their degrees and aims to enhance the university experience and raise the profile of graduates to prospective employees.

CLUBS AND SOCIETIES
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Placement opportunities

As part of your study, students will gain hands-on direct patient experience through extended clinical placements with industry partners including Lions Eye Institute and its Lions Outback Vision division, Specsavers and Luxottica across metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Western Australia.

 

 

Doctor of Optometry
The most common salary in WA for an Optometrist is between $120k and $150k
Hear from our current student

Thi Huynh

What I’ve enjoyed most about studying optometry so far is jumping straight into pre-clinical studies! We have been given amazing facilities at UWA that emulate a clinical room in an optometric practice, with the appropriate equipment and tutors to guide us through our clinical practical's. Very quickly learning and applying clinical information has been challenging but rewarding. I’ve also very much enjoyed meeting the vast array of people involved in optometry. From our academic staff, optometrists and dispensers in our communities and optometry students from other universities. Everyone has an incredible amount of knowledge to share.

Hear from our current student

Optometry post-study work options

As an accredited and approved higher education provider with the Government of Western Australia, eligible International students who successfully complete studies at UWA, have a number of options available for them to stay in Australia to gain valuable work and life experiences.  

 

Optometry is a skill in high demand within Western Australia and throughout Australia, particularly in rural and remote regions. By studying a Doctor of Optometry at UWA, there may be visa options available to allow you to stay in Australia for a short or longer period of time. 

Course Accreditation

The University of Western Australia has applied to the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand for the Doctor of Optometry to be recognised as a qualification leading to registration as an optometrist in Australia or New Zealand. The course is currently not accredited.

Industry 

Lions Eye Institute

The Doctor of Optometry (DOpt) is supported by the Lions Eye Institute and industry, and represents a unique collaboration between the optometry and ophthalmology disciplines that will herald the start of a new era in eye health care in Western Australia.


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