Highlights

There is no direct entry into this course. This is the second component of a five year dual degree program, comprising a three year Bachelor of Vision Science (OP45), followed by a two year Master of Optometry (OP85).

  • Graduate able to practise as an optometrist and register with the Optometry Board of Australia.
  • Receive individual attention from experienced lecturers in small classes.
  • Develop and practise clinical skills at the QUT Optometry Clinic.
  • Prepare for a career in private practice, contact lens practice, paediatric vision, occupational/public health vision or low vision.

Highlights

There is no direct entry into this course. This is the second component of a five year dual degree program, comprising a three year Bachelor of Vision Science (OP45), followed by a two year Master of Optometry (OP85).

  • Graduate able to practise as an optometrist and register with the Optometry Board of Australia.
  • Receive individual attention from experienced lecturers in small classes.
  • Develop and practise clinical skills at the QUT Optometry Clinic.
  • Prepare for a career in private practice, contact lens practice, paediatric vision, occupational/public health vision or low vision.
  • Start online unavailable. This course is only available to you if you can attend classes on campus. It is not possible to start this course online.

Why choose this course?

A graduate of OP45 Bachelor of Vision Science must also complete the Master of Optometry to be eligible for registration as an optometrist.

The course provides increased exposure to real world learning experiences both within QUT Health Clinics, and in the workplace via the inclusion of extended clinical placements.

Case-based learning and case-based assessment will enhance the training in diseases of the eye and ocular therapeutics. Guest lecturers and practising optometrists are involved in the clinical training.

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What to expect

This course is the second component of a five year dual degree program, comprising a three year Bachelor of Vision Science (OP45), followed by a two year Master of Optometry (OP85).

NOTE that:

  • both degrees need to be completed before a graduate can apply for registration as an optometrist
  • there is no direct entry to the OP85 course
  • all applicants enter the program through the OP45 Bachelor of Vision Science and progress to the OP85 course on successful completion of the OP45 course

The profession of optometry is undergoing expansion in its scope of practice as a result of legislative amendments to allow appropriately trained optometrists to use therapeutic pharmaceutical agents in the practice of optometry. The five year program increases graduates' depth of knowledge in the areas of general and ocular pharmacology, with training in the therapeutic management of eye disease.

Information for existing optometrists

The Master of Optometry course provides the second component of the entry-level program to the profession in Australia - it is NOT designed to provide qualified optometrists with a masters level qualification. A route for further study is through higher degree research training. 

Information for overseas trained optometrists

Overseas trained optometrists seeking to gain registration in Australia should contact the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand at www.ocanz.org for details concerning eligibility for registration through the assessment process before considering further study.

Course requirements

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. You will need to identify these requirements and ensure you allow sufficient time to meet them.

Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates in optometry have exciting careers that may include clinical practice in a range of optometric settings, or teaching and research positions in Australia and overseas. Many graduates enter private practice with a view to future partnership or the establishment of their own practice. An increasing number of graduates are working alongside other health professionals in medical ophthalmology clinics.

Graduates of the dual award program can work or specialise in areas such as contact lens practice, paediatric vision, occupational/public health vision, or low vision.

Professional recognition

The dual degree program Bachelor of Vision Science/ Master of Optometry meets the requirements for accreditation by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand. Graduates of the program meet the requirements for registration by the Optometry Board of Australia.

Students must complete the Master of Optometry as well as the Bachelor of Vision Science to be eligible for registration.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires that graduates demonstrate English language skills at IELTS level 7 or equivalent before being considered for professional registration. For further information visit the AHPRA website www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Process/Registration-Requirements.aspx

Please refer to the Optometry Board of Australia website www.optometryboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards.aspx for additional information on the Board's Registration Standards.

Student registration

QUT automatically registers students enrolled in this course with the Optometry Board of Australia in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009. Details about student registration are available from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency at www.ahpra.gov.au

Possible careers

  • Optometrist

Details and units

Requirements

Course code
OP85
CRICOS code
065379E
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
2 years full-time
Duration
2 years full-time
Entry
February
Entry
February

Entry requirement

Completion of QUT's Bachelor of Vision Science within the last two years with a mimimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.00.
 

Additional information

Current QUT Bachelor of Vision Science students will automatically receive an offer within three weeks of course completion.
 

Deferment

This course is open to deferment. Requests are made by responding to the offer email.

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

Successful completion of QUT's Bachelor of Vision Science with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.0 on QUT's 7 point scale completed within two years of commencing the Master of Optometry.

Students who have not completed QUT’s Bachelor of Vision Science

The Master of Optometry course provides the second component of the OP45 Bachelor of Vision Science/OP85 Master of Optometry dual degree entry-level program which leads to registration as an optometrist for practice in the optometry profession in Australia. It is not designed to provide qualified optometrists with a masters level qualification.

If you already have an optometry qualification and are seeking to practice as an optometrist in Australia, you should contact the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (www.ocanz.org) regarding the assessment process for overseas trained optometrists wishing to practice optometry in Australia. If you wish to obtain an Australian optometry qualification then you will need to apply for the OP45 Bachelor of Vision Science/OP85 Master of Optometry dual degree award.  Your previous overseas studies in optometry may be considered for advanced standing towards the five-year program.

Your application for OP45/OP85 should include:

  • Details of your Optometry/Vision Science undergraduate degree including course overview and unit outlines.
  • Details of any assessment regarding your qualifications you may have received from the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
IELTS Academic 7 6.5 6.5 6.5 6.5
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
185 176 176 176 176
Pearson PTE (Academic) 65 58 58 58 58
TOEFL iBT 98 20 20 24 20

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

 

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

Additional Costs

There are requirements that you will need to meet as a student in this course. Some of these requirements have associated costs. Information is available from the Additional course requirements and costs website.

 

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You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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Pathways to entry

Thank you for the interest in studying optometry at QUT. You first must study QUT’s Bachelor of Vision Science and upon completion you will be automatically offered a place in the Master of Optometry

Pathways to entry

Thank you for the interest in studying optometry at QUT. You first must study QUT’s Bachelor of Vision Science and upon completion you will be automatically offered a place in the Master of Optometry

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