Discover ophthalmic science at the University of Sydney
This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.
In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has also reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
About this course
The Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) develops core knowledge and understanding of basic ophthalmic science, which focuses on preventing blindness, promoting eye health, and rehabilitating those with a visual disability. You will develop knowledge of ophthalmic science alongside practical diagnostic and prognostic, management and surgical skills.
Why study with us?
How will you learn?
Who should study this course?
There are no specialisations for this course.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.
Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year
We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)
Standard closing dates:
Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)
The majority of the Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) is in the form of distance learning.
The course consists of 48 credit points (CP), which requires the completion of five core units of study. Three of the core units of study (ophthalmic anatomy, ophthalmic physiology and ophthalmic optics) require one semester of study to complete and are taught online.
Assignments are set every three weeks and a final exam is taken at the end of the unit of study.
The unit of study, Practical Ophthalmic Science is a two week block/intensive mode to be taken at the Save Sight Institute in Sydney or at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
All students will undertake a research project of 10,000 - 12,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor.
Download our sample course diagram to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the school to provide students with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with their prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.
For the Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), all students complete a research project of 10,000 - 12,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor, as the capstone experience.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) will hold a medical degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.
For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.
This course will assist those seeking a position in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) approved training scheme.
Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.
Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body.
Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy (Medicine), Master of Philosophy (Medicine) and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School.
A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.
The school is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.
Sydney Medical School provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Our research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the federal and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.
The course aims to assist primarily medical graduates applying for a position in a RANZCO recognised training program. It also aims to assist all graduates who are interested in careers in the visual and neurosciences to have a good grounding in the ophthalmic and visual sciences.
Students of this course will gain practical skills including the ability to understand the practical applications of ophthalmic equipment, familiarity with anatomical specimens, prosections, radiographs and electronmicrographs and the ability to apply psychometric testing to obtain reliable and repeatable data.
Graduates will be able to apply these practical skills to their careers in the visual sciences and improve the eye health of our community.