Clinical placements are an integral part of your learning. You'll undertake a variety of short-term industry placements and spend time as a student resident in one of a range of clinical optometric and medical settings. These experiences take place in both metropolitan and regional or rural settings, and will enable you to consolidate your knowledge and skills under the supervision of qualified optometrists.
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.
Postgraduate (further study)
A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.
Always wondered what an optometrist does?
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 and work within vision-related non-government organisations.
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.
Bachelor of Vision Science/Master in Optometry
Learn from the best
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.
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.
Indigenous Entry Stream
Aspiring to a career in optometry? We offer an Indigenous Entry Stream for our optometry course, which provides a direct entry pathway for Indigenous Australian applicants.
Regional and Remote Entry Scheme
If you live 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.
Medicine and optometry at Deakin
Learn more about our innovative Doctor of Medicine – a unique four-year graduate-entry program aiming to improve the health and wellbeing of rural and regional Australians.
Study optometry at Deakin
Change the way people see the world. Gain practical experience through placements and graduate work-ready.
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Medicare Service Providers.
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.
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If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in optometry, we'll help get you there.
How our optometry courses focus on practical learning virtually
Keen to study optometry? Find out how you can master the skills to treat people's vision with Deakin's Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry.
How Deakin's Indigenous Entry Stream opens up a world of opportunity
The Indigenous Entry Stream offers places to study the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Bachelor of Medical Imaging or Doctor of Medicine.
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