Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

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3.5 years accelerated full time program delivered over ten consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1

Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$25,910* AUD
CRICOS course code083228D
IELTS Requirement

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 7.0 in each component. More information is available at

Deakin course code D302
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
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The course is only available to students on a full-time basis.

This is a 3.5 year accelerated full time program delivered over ten consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The combined course of Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry aims to produce graduates who have the attributes, discipline-specific knowledge, professional behaviours and standards required to practise as an optometrist within Australia and New Zealand.  

Throughout this course you will develop knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the visual system; optometric clinical assessment and management approaches; ethical, legal and professional standards of practice; and acquire high level inter-personal and inter-professional communication, relationship management and commercial awareness skills. You will acquire life-long independent learning skills and a commitment to both patient-centred care and evidence-based practice that will enable you to practise as a professional in this field. The course equips graduates with transferable academic skills that enable them to conduct research, undertake self-guided learning. It also provides graduates with an understanding of visual health issues and their impact, particularly on communities in regional and rural Australia as well as globally, emphasising how underlying social and environmental factors contribute to the health gap between these communities and well-served urban population centres.

Work-Integrated Learning

Clinical placements are an integral part of Deakin’s optometry program. You will undertake a variety of short-term industry placements during the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry 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 clinical rotations will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and skills in supported environments under the supervision of qualified optometrists. These clinical rotations may include time in our metropolitan, regional or rural settings

Professional recognition

Students who successfully complete D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry can apply for registration to practise as an optometrist in Australia. Deakin Optometry has been awarded ‘accreditation with conditions’ by the Optometry Board of Australia, following assessment by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ). Graduates of D302 Bachelor of Vision Science/ Master of Optometry will therefore be eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and to Medicare as service providers, making them able to pursue employment opportunities throughout Australia and New Zealand.

Note: This course is currently accredited (with conditions) as at the date of publishing.

Students may elect to exit the combined program and complete the Bachelor of Vision Science requirements only (Graduates of the Bachelor of Vision Science will not qualify to practise as an optometrist).

Fees and charges

Fee paying place - International (IFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the University does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.

Fees for international students apply to persons living in Australia with Temporary Resident status, provided that there is no limitation on study and persons living abroad who are not Australian citizens and do not have Permanent Resident status in Australia.

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Optometrists are primary eye care practitioners who are involved in assessing the health and function of the eyes and visual system and the diagnosis and management of a wide range of ocular conditions, Optometrists work in a variety of health care settings, with the great majority  working in a private practice environment – which itself can be very diverse. On a given day, an Australian optometrist may perform a primary visual assessment, manage a newly identified eye disease, prescribe a prescription medicine, or prescribe, fit and dispense optical aids. At the same time, many optometrists are business owners and retailers.
Some optometrists use their qualification to engage in other employment opportunities, such as research, other para-medical practice and work within vision-related non-government organisations.
Following successful completion of the Deakin Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Deakin graduates are well prepared for employment in a diverse range of work settings including, but not limited to: hospitals, clinics, health services, state and local governments, non-government organisations, research institutes, tertiary education institutions, private practice, and corporate and community settings. Career and employment opportunities for qualified optometrists include private and public eye care, practice ownership, research and teaching, other ophthalmic practices, and recognised specialties within optometry such as low vision, paediatric vision, and behavioural optometry.

Course rules

The Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry is an accelerated three and a half year, 40 credit point course delivered over ten consecutive trimesters commencing in Trimester 1. All the units in the course are prescribed. The course rules are listed at BVisSci/MOptom Course Rules. Students must pass all first year units, or be granted credit for prior learning for these units, before proceeding to second year.

Course structure

Students must enrol in the Waurn Ponds offering of all units

Year 1

Trimester 1

HBS107Understanding Health

HBS108Health Information and Data

HMO101Principles of Optics

SLE111Cells and Genes

SLE010Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (0 cp)

Trimester 2

HMO102Science of Vision 1

HMO103Clinical Optics

HMO104Ocular Structure

SLE155Chemistry for the Professional Sciences (if Chemistry completed in Year 12)

SLE133Chemistry in Our World (if Chemistry not completed in Year 12)

Trimester 3

HMO105The Business of Optometry

HMO201Science of Vision 2

HMO202Ocular Function

MAA103Accounting for Decision Making

Year 2 

Trimester 1

HMO203Health and Vision Sciences 1

HMO204Principles and Practice of Optometry 1

Trimester 2

HMO303Health and Vision Sciences 2

HMO304Principles and Practice of Optometry 2

Trimester 3

HMO305Health and Vision Sciences 3

HMO306Principles and Practice of Optometry 3

Year 3

Trimester 1

HMO701Advanced Optometric Studies 1

Trimester 2

HMO702Advanced Optometric Studies 2

Trimester 3

HMO703Community Optometry 1

Year 4

Trimester 1

HMO704Community Optometry 2

International places

10 international places will be offered in 2015

Entry requirements - general

Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

For students commencing in 2015 onwards, more information will be available in the 2015 online VTAC Guide.

Inherent requirements

Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification and practise safely. The inherent requirements of the course are listed in the document, BVisSci and MOptom Inherent Requirements (pdf 103k).

Due to the specific language requirements of the Optometry Board of Australia some international students may need to retake IELTS tests towards the end of their course in order to be eligible to register in Australia. Further information is available from OBA website:

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.

Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact