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.

Contact us

Address

Student Central

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

Telephone

(+61 8) 6488 3939

International

1800 653 050

Frequently asked questions

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

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. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or 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.

 

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 


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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.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

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

Available for 2021 entry, 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 2021
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-site professional placement
Starting dates
  • January
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • CIDB068
CRICOS code
  • 0101919
Doctor of Optometry
Status
  • Available 2021
Locations
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-site professional placement
Starting dates
  • January
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • CIDB068
CRICOS code
  • 0101919
Full time/part time duration
  • Three years
Degrees course is available in
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
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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.

 

 

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The Lions Eye Institute has clinics in up to four locations across Western Australia – Nedlands, Murdoch, Midland and soon to be Broome. It also houses the Lions Eye Bank, Lions Optics, Lions Outback Vision and the Lions Save-Sight Foundation WA.

Through these partnerships and placement opportunities, the Doctor of Optometry will establish Western Australia as global leader in the education of eye professionals, producing high-calibre optometrists with practical experience, research expertise and community focus.

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Application deadlines

For January 2021 entry, applications open 9 March 2020 and close 1 August for Domestic students and  31 May for International students

For more info refer to the Doctor of Optometry admissions page 

 

 

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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. 

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. Visas that may be of relevance to students who have studied Doctor of Optometry, include:

 

A range of factors influence eligibility for these longer visa options, including:

  • the duration of the course
  • whether the studies are related to an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL)2019/20 Graduate Occupation List (GOL), or an occupation in demand in one of the Australian states, for example Western Australian Skill Migration Occupation List. Optometry graduates are well position on these lists.*
  • whether you have previous work experience in the occupation
  • the sector of the course (ELICOS, trade certificate, bachelor degree, postgraduate diploma, master’s degree or doctorate)
  • the physical location of the institute
  • your age and level of English at the time of graduation
  • the level of your studies

 

To seek further information about some of the options available, you are advised to consult the following Australian Government Visa list, as well as seek advice from officially registered Australian migration agents.

 

* Correct as at time of publication.

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.


Industry 

The Lions Eye Institute (LEI) is a not-for-profit centre of excellence that combines world class scientific research into the prevention of blindness with the highest level of eye-care delivery.  It incorporates one of Australia’s largest ophthalmic practices, including a Day Surgery unit, a Laser Vision Centre and Lions Outback Vision which will be accessible to our students during their clinical placements.

Students studying the DOpt will have the opportunity to work in close collaboration with the Lions Eye Institute’s scientists and clinicians on their research projects - which have a focus on early detection, diagnosis, treatment and management of eye diseases, and rehabilitation of ocular conditions. The Lions Eye Institute’s clear point of difference – underpinning its success, is its ability to translate science into practical outcomes coupled with technology and innovation leadership that save people’s sight.

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