Optometry and Vision Sciences Graduate Research

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences offers a wide range of expertise including assessment, diagnosis and treatment of disease that affect the eye and vision, furthering knowledge of the eye in health and disease, and improving clinical practice. The vision sciences are a broad area from understanding how vision works through to clinical practice.

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Honours in Optometry and Vision Sciences: Applications and project preference entry for the Bachelor of Biomedicine with Honours & Bachelor of Science with Honours are closing soon.
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The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences’ Graduate Research and PhD programs strive to advance eye care and vision, within Australia and internationally, through excellence in research that spans from laboratory to clinical research. The Department offers graduate students a multifaceted research experience from exploring the fundamental sciences to translational research. Graduate researchers are encouraged and supported to produce academic publications and to build national and international connections to broaden the impact of their research.

Our Programs

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences’ Honours (Bachelor of Science - Honours, Bachelors of Biomed - Honours), Master of Biomedical Science and Graduate Research (MPhil and PhD) programs strive to advance eye care and vision, within Australia and internationally, through excellence in research that spans from laboratory to clinical research. The Department offers students a multifaceted research experience from exploring the fundamental sciences to translational research. They are encouraged and supported to produce academic publications and to build national and international connections to broaden the impact of their research. Our programs also equip them for further study of the visual system and for job opportunities in the health sector and in many relevant industries.

We are committed to training and supporting our next generation of vision researchers. No matter what your major, there may be vision research pathways for you. We offer a full suite of research programs including:

For students who have completed an undergraduate degree, a research pathway though an Honours or Master of Biomedical Science is an appropriate research path. For students with a BSc (Hons) or BBiomed (Hons) further scientific training through a three to four year PhD or a two year Master of Philosophy would be appropriate.

Further Information

Explore an overview of the research in the department by downloading our Research Projects brochure. It summarises projects currently being pursued in the department.

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Register for our information day on Sept 13, 2022 for Honours, Master of Biomedical Science, MPhil and PhD programs.

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Applying for Honours and Masters Programs

After browsing through the project descriptions in Sonia, students are required to engage with a potential principal supervisor before they submit their application.

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences will work with students to match their research interests with the Department’s key specialisations and to assist them in identifying the most appropriate supervision team.

Scholarships may be awarded to student applicants with the highest Weighted Average Marks (WAM).

Our Students

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences is seeking high achieving students who demonstrate passion, dedication and drive to further knowledge and innovation in the vision sciences, and in applications to disorders involving the eye. With tailored options of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) pathways, graduate students will be supported by our academics throughout their research journey, working towards the overall goal of improving clinical and patient outcomes.

Explore past graduate research theses

Meet a current student

Career Opportunities

New career opportunities include fundamental and applied vision research, academia, policy development and clinical trial research. Graduate research and PhDs are also gateways along pathways to leadership positions. We are highly supportive of students who want to balance their academic studies with clinical practice, and to those who wish to enrol in part-time study.