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Deakin University

Burwood, Melbourne , Victoria ,Australia

Bachelor of Vision Science / Master of Optometry

With Deakin’s Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, you can graduate with a professional qualification in optometry in just three and a half years. Gain the knowledge and skills to be work-ready and be eligible to apply for registration to practice as an optometrist in Australia and New Zealand. We emphasize understanding the visual health issues that impact regional and rural Australia, particularly those contributing to the health gap that exists between members of these communities and those living in urban centers.

Gain a holistic understanding of the practice of optometry, with strong foundations in evidence-based and reflective practice, interprofessional collaborative practice, and practice management. Clinical placements are a big focus of this program and you will spend the final six months of the course as a student resident. You will also gain crucial skills in the clinical assessment, treatment, and management of eye and vision disorders.

Want to graduate job-ready as a qualified optometrist?

Deakin offers Australia’s first accelerated optometry course, which means you can graduate and begin your career sooner.

You will investigate the structure and function of the visual system while learning about various visual health issues and their wider impact on the local and international community. Gain crucial skills in the clinical assessment, treatment, and management of eye and vision disorders, as well as forming a strong understanding of the ethical, legal, and professional standards of practice. You’ll cover a broad spectrum of industry-relevant study areas that prepare you for work as a professional optometrist, including:

  • the key principles of optics
  • clinical optics and treating eye and vision disorders
  • ocular function and structure
  • the science of vision
  • the business of optometry.

Campus Information

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

At Deakin’s Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus, you are surrounded by expansive grounds and impressive new buildings. It offers state-of-the-art engineering, medical and sport facilities, as well as some of the most advanced research spaces in the world. The campus also features incredible sporting facilities, including Deakin’s Elite Sport Precinct, which includes an Australian rules football oval, FIFA-grade soccer pitch, athletics track, basketball courts, and more.


  • March

Application Processing Time in Days: 5

Application Process

Application Outcome
7 Days
Visa processing time
35 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Deakin optometry graduates are well prepared for employment in a diverse range of work settings, including:

  • clinics
  • corporate and community settings
  • health services
  • hospitals
  • non-government organizations
  • private practice
  • research institutes
  • state and local governments
  • tertiary education institutions.

Career opportunities for qualified optometrists include:

  • practice ownership
  • private and public eye care
  • research and education
  • recognized specialties within optometry such as:
  • myopia control
  • dry eye management
  • low vision
  • pediatric vision.

As well as pursuing a career in optometry, this course could lead you towards a number of other rewarding careers, including:

  • ophthalmic practice business owner
  • spectacle retailer
  • not-for-profit campaigner
  • visual simulator designer.

PSW Opportunity

  • Geelong/ Warrnambool Campus - 3 years of Post Study Work Permit

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria


  • (standard class XII):- 65%

Inherent requirements

Applications are accepted from students who possess the skills and prerequisites required to complete the course, gain professional certification, and practice safely.

Mandatory student checks

All students are required to undertake the Police and a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to do so prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students are also be required to declare their immunization status to satisfy the requirements of health organizations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organization may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunization status is not satisfactory to the health organization

Supporting documents

When you apply to Deakin, it’s important to attach all requested supporting documentation, otherwise, your application could be delayed or disallowed.

Remember, most documents need to be certified before you upload them, so give yourself plenty of time to get organized.

Examples of certified copies you’ll need to include:

  • award certificates
  • academic transcripts
  • formal identity papers (e.g. your passport).

Documents in languages other than English will need to be translated. If you’re applying for a scholarship, please also check the specific supporting documents for that application.