Train in a field that enables you to care for others by diagnosing and managing a wide range of ocular conditions and disease. As a graduate, you’ll be qualified to work anywhere in Australia or New Zealand.

Graduate sooner: with Australia's only accelerated optometry course
Work experience: become more employable with industry placements

Career opportunities

If you're after a work-life balance in the health field, optometry could be for you. Why? Work is very flexible if you go into private practice (around 75% of graduates do).

However you're also perfectly placed to explore other employment opportunities, such as:

  • para-medical practice
  • research
  • work within vision-related non-government organisations.

Always wondered what an optometrist does?  On any given day, an Australian optometrist may perform primary visual assessments, treat advanced eye disease and dispense both prescription medicines and optical aids.

As such, optometrists share traits with general practitioners, ophthalmologists and pharmacists. At the same time, most optometrists are business owners providing clinical care and dispensing optical appliances.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.

With an endemic spread of Myopia across the world, I wanted to learn about and practice the skill of a profession that dealt first hand with combating this disease.

Zara Danehsvar

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master in Optometry

Graduate sooner

Unlike any other optometry course in Australia, you can complete your Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry in just three-and-a-half years of full-time study. Other optometry courses in Australia take seven years.

Regional and Remote Entry Scheme

Aspiring for a career in optometry and living in a regional area?

You might be eligible for special entry pathways that give you a better chance of finding a spot in your dream course.

Learn more

Indigenous Entry Stream

We also offer an Indigenous Entry Stream for our optometry course, which provides a direct entry pathway for Indigenous Australian applicants.

Find out more

Research with us

If you're excited about making a breakthrough and curious about the future of optometry, a higher degree by research could be for you.

Learn more about researching with us


Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Medicare Service Providers.

Optometry staff

Being an Optometry student at Deakin means that you'll be exposed to a team of industry-leading experts, ensuring you'll graduate with the confidence and experience needed to thrive in the workplace.

Learn more about our Optometry staff members here

Medicine and optometry at Deakin

Deakin's innovative Doctor of Medicine is a unique four-year graduate-entry program. The course aims to improve the health and wellbeing of rural and regional Australians by training doctors to pursue a career in medicine in rural and regional areas either as specialists or general practitioners.

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Change the way people see the world. Gain practical experience through placements and graduate work-ready.

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