Course Description

Refractive surgery is an ever-expanding area within the field of ophthalmology that encompasses laser and non-laser vision correction. Such surgery has traditionally been performed by surgeons in large private clinics, but in recent years has become accepted as part of mainstream ophthalmic care. Laser eye surgery is now the most frequently performed eye operation in Australia.

The Graduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery aims to equip you with knowledge of refractive surgery theory and practice, complementing distance learning with a two-week placement in an accredited refractive surgical centre, including time spent in the wet lab at Sydney Eye Hospital.

The Graduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery is embedded within the Master of Medicine (Cataract and Refractive Surgery). The master's degree builds on concepts learned during the graduate diploma and provides additional training in research methodology. You may choose to complete the graduate diploma or use it as a pathway into the master’s degree in this discipline.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $32,000 total course cost.
International Students: $44,500 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Medicine postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 51.8% (national average 54.0%)
Improved skills: 70.9% (national average 71.5%)
Overall satisfaction: 76.4% (national average 77.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Medicine postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 93.6% (national average 95.0%)
Studying full time: 5.6% (national average 5.9%)
Median full time salary: $100,000 (national average $77,500)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNCAREFS1000

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