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Study ophthalmic science at the University of Sydney

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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

Ophthalmic science aims to prevent blindness, promote eye health and rehabilitate those with a visual disability. The Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) will provide you with the grounding required to undertake a career in vision science.

Why study with us?

  • Our ophthalmology programs have been developed and are taught by the Save Sight Institute at the Sydney Eye Hospital. They have extensive experience in providing the best quality ophthalmic care in both developed and developing countries.
  • This course will give you the core knowledge and understanding of the basic ophthalmic sciences and you will gain skills in the theoretical and practical aspects of ophthalmic anatomy, physiology and optics.

How will you learn?

  • The course includes a two-week intensive practical unit where you will gain skills in the practical applications of ophthalmic equipment and familiarity with anatomical specimens.
  • To complete this programme, you will undertake a supervised basic ophthalmic science research project.

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February 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.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 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.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The majority of the Master of Science in 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. Each of the two core units of study (ophthalmic anatomy and ophthalmic physiology) require one semester of study to complete and are taught online. Assignments are set every three weeks and a final exam is submitted at the end of the unit of study.

The unit of study, Practical Ophthalmic Science is a three-week block/intensive mode (15 days) 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 treatise (12CP) of 8000 - 40,000 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.

Ophthalmic science course structure (pdf, 405KB)

Units of Study

Capstone (compulsory project)

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 Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science), all students complete a treatise (12cp) of 8000 - 40,000 words under the guidance of a supervisor, as the capstone experience.

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) will hold either:

  • a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification or,
  • a bachelor's degree without first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification. 

Applicants must have completed work equivalent to a first or second class honours bachelor's degree or pass a preliminary examinations/s as prescribed by the school. 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.
 

Professional accreditation

This course may assist those seeking a position in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) approved training scheme.

Please refer to RANZCO vocational training for further information about becoming an ophthalmologist.

Related courses

Short courses and professional development

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. 

Learn more about short courses in medicine.

Other study options

Further study

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.

Career Pathways

The course aims primarily to assist graduates in 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.

Domestic students

International students

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