Masters in Clinical Optometry

Area of Study Type of Course Level of Study
Optometry Award Masters
Course Master of Clinical Optometry
Course Abbreviation MC-ClinOpt
Partner Faculty Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
Background The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences has been reviewing the training needs of professional optometrists and the historical engagement of students in postgraduate training programs. This review has led to the closure of a number of existing programs and the introduction of the Master of Clinical Optometry (MClinOptom) and six Specialist Certificates. Under new legislation (2011), all registered Australian and New Zealand Optometrists are required to complete 40 points of CPD each year, of these 20 points are required to be in the therapeutics area.
Course Description The course allows optometrists to not only re-examine the basic science underpinning clinical optometry in the context of the latest evidence but also to update current knowledge and skills. The emphasis is on understanding and managing clinical problems. One 25 point compulsory subject (Research Studies in Optometry) and 3 x 25 point elective subjects must be completed for students to qualify for the Master of Clinical Optometry (100 points) To provide recognisable CPD outcomes for optometrists in a structure that is manageable for working professionals, it is proposed that those electing to undertake the Master of Clinical Optometry will have the option of either:
  1. Enrolling directly into the Master of Clinical Optometry, or
  2. Enrolling in, and completing three Specialist Certificates prior to enrolling in the Master of Clinical Optometry and completing the compulsory Subject - Research Studies in Optometry
The rationale for allowing Optometrists to have access to option 2 above is to allow them to use the Specialist Certificates to demonstrate the specific areas of Optometry in which they have undertaken advanced studies. The course is only offered as part time study and can be completed over four years.
Delivery Mode This course is delivered online via the UoM online learning management system, known as LMS. Once you have enrolled, you will be issued with an LMS user name and password. Enrolled students will be directed to research articles, case studies, course materials and activities, as well as being able to interact with other students using this platform e.g. participating in discussion forums.
Subjects Choose three of the following 6 elective subjects: And one compulsory subject:
Entry Requirements A 4-year Australian degree in Optometry, or equivalent. Professional experience may be taken into account to determine equivalency. The IELTS requirement for international students is an overall band score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 in the individual listening, reading, writing and speaking components.
Course Fees Course fees for 2017 are as follows;
  • Domestic students: $20,120.00
  • International students: $24,600.00
Please note that fees are subject to an annual increase. Organisations wishing to enrol three or more students on a single course delivery may be eligible for a group discount if participation is entered into an organisational contract basis. All individuals are required to meet the University entry requirements for the course. Please contact us to find for details and requirements. Places are limited and it is recommended that you express interest and/or send in your application as soon as possible. A closing date for applications will be determined closer to the commencement of the subject.
Fee Inclusions Fees include tuition, course materials and access to on-line resources. As enrolled students of the University of Melbourne, students have access to a range of facilities and amenities provided by the University of Melbourne.
FEE HELP Fee-Help is a loan from the Australian Government to cover tuition fees and is available to Australian Citizens only.
Key Dates 2017
Semester 1: Monday 27 February 2017 - Friday 28 May 2017 (12 teaching weeks)
Semester 2 : Monday 24 July 2017- Friday 22 October 2017(12 teaching weeks)
Last assignment due mid November 2017
Other Information The University of Melbourne is an approved provider of CPD for the Optometry Board of Australia (OBA). CPD points for specialist certificates are designated as non-accredited CPD points as they are not recorded automatically by Optometry Australia, (but they are valid for attaining the OBA mandatory CPD requirements for registration).
Contact Us Program Administrator: Kathy Griffiths
Phone: (03) 8344 2601
Email: tl-optometry@unimelb.edu.au