|University Location||Melbourne, Victoria|
|City Population||4.8 million|
|Int'l Student Population||27,000|
|Main Campus||Parkville (Melbourne)|
|Program Duration||4 years|
|Estimated Annual Tuition||$53,088 AUD (2020 fees; subject to increase)|
|Semester Intake||March each year|
|Next Available Intake||March 2021|
|International Places||variable (64 total)|
The University of Melbourne is OzTREKK’s only university partner offering a 4-year Doctor of Optometry (OD) program. The OD is a master’s-level professional entry degree, and is the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, creating a new benchmark in optometric education. It is an internationally recognized qualification with full accreditation from the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (OCANZ).
Within the School of Health Sciences, the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Melbourne educates future optometrists, performs internationally recognized vision science research, and contributes widely to the advancement of optometry as an essential healthcare discipline.
The Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne is a four-year, full-time program consisting of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements. Clinical studies commence in your first year and gradually increase to full-time in your final year. The course covers the basic and applied optical, visual, and biomedical sciences that underpin optometry.
In your final year, you will conduct a research project with clinical relevance. This project will enable those who perform well to progress to a research higher degree program. You will also be given the opportunity to undertake clinical training at metropolitan, rural and overseas sites as part of their final year of study.
1. Completed bachelor’s degree
You must have an undergraduate degree in any discipline completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Optometry. If your undergraduate degree is more than 10 years old you will need to provide evidence that you have completed graduate study such as a graduate diploma, master’s, or PhD.
2. Prerequisite subjects
You must have completed three subjects at Year 2 or Year 3 (or equivalent) from one or more relevant biological science disciplines. See Melbourne’s list of pre-approved prerequisite subjects.
3. Admissions Test
You must have completed the or MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) or OAT (Optometry Admission Test (USA)) or GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test), no more than two years before the date of commencement of the Doctor of Optometry.
Please note, meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection. Credit is available to students who have relevant prior study or professional practice experience. Please contact OzTREKK for more information.
*Applications for the 2021 intake are TBA. For the 2021 intake, applications closed July 30, 2019.