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Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Optometry (OD) at the University of Melbourne is a master’s-level professional entry degree.
Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed

  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline, with studies to have been completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Optometry
    Or
  • For applicants whose most recently completed undergraduate degree was completed 10 or more years before January 1st of the year in which the applicant intends to commence the Doctor of Optometry, a Graduate Diploma, Master or PhD degree, or equivalent, completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Optometry
    And
  • Three subjects at level 2 or level 3 (or equivalent) from one or more relevant biological science disciplines with subjects to have been completed within 10 years of commencing the Doctor of Optometry.
  • One of either the GAMSAT (Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test), the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) or the OAT (Optometry Admission Test (USA)), no more than two years before the date of commencement of the Doctor of Optometry.
    Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • Prior academic performance; and
  • The GAMSAT or MCAT or OAT.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

Notes

Successful applicants with relevant prior study or professional practice may be granted up to 200 points of advanced standing towards the Doctor of Optometry as follows:

100 points of advanced standing will normally be granted to applicants with an undergraduate degree with a major in optometry or vision science, or equivalent;

200 points of advanced standing will normally be granted to applicants who are registered as an optometrist with the Optometry Board of Australia and have at least three years of documented clinical practice as a registered optometrist within the last ten years.

Intake Months
Apr
Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Tuition Fees
$43,552 per year / $174,208 total
Financial Support
Austudy
Graduate Satisfaction
82.40%

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