Study optometry

We offer the only optometry training in Queensland, and are one of just five providers in Australia.

Why study optometry at QUT?

  • Examine, diagnose and treat patients with real eye problems at QUT Optometry Clinic using a range of state-of-the-art ophthalmic instruments.
  • Our program is structured to take your learning from basic science to ocular science, clinical skills, and patient management.
  • Graduates are eligible for registration as an optometrist in Australia and New Zealand and can prescribe medications for therapeutic management of eye disease.
  • Clinical placement opportunities are available in rural and remote areas of Australia and overseas.
  • Learn from experienced staff with professional industry links and distinguished careers in research.

Undergraduate courses

Bachelor degrees

Postgraduate courses

Masters by coursework

Masters by research

Doctoral degrees

Short courses

Work with real patients

Complete extensive hands-on training that prepares you to manage real patients at our Optometry Clinic in the QUT Health Clinics. You'll treat patients from different social and cultural groups, across the age span, and with a diversity of conditions.

Under the supervision of experienced optometrists, you'll provide specialist services in:

  • children's vision
  • contact lenses
  • diabetes and hypertension induced eye problems
  • eye disease
  • Indigenous health
  • ocular therapeutics and dry eye
  • refraction and dispensing
  • visual impairment

Build confidence and develop skills in measurement and testing with training facilities that are equipped with the latest technical ophthalmic instruments.

Learn from the best

Learn from academics and clinical supervisors with many years of experience in optometry. Our staff are active researchers and have been internationally recognised for research outcomes that have improved the diagnosis and treatment of ocular and vision problems.

We work closely with colleagues in the profession nationally and internationally, and our guest lecturers are optometrists from private practice and other health disciplines like medicine and pharmacy.

Research in vision science

Most of our research in optometry and vision science is linked through the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation (IHBI). IHBI is focused on ensuring that better health becomes a reality of our lifetime and recognises the complexity of health issues including social factors, human behavior and genetic risk.

Our researchers come from many backgrounds including microbiology, engineering, psychology and biomedical science. They work in laboratories fitted out with sophisticated specialist equipment that uses advanced clinical, biological, pharmacological, optical, neuroscience and signal processing techniques.

Our areas of research strength include:

  • anterior eye assessment and disease
  • children's vision
  • functional vision and assessment
  • myopia/refractive error
  • ocular imaging
  • ophthalmic and visual optics
  • retinal function and disease.

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