UNSW Master of Clinical Optometry (MClinOptom) is a two-year degree. It serves as a pathway to registered practice as an optometrist in Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia.

Optometry combines the theoretical discipline of vision science with the clinical art of primary eye care.

Vision science includes the optics of:

  • lenses and instruments
  • physiology of the eye
  • psychophysics of vision
  • neuroscience of the brain.

Optometry includes the diagnosis and management of:

  • ocular disease
  • dispensing of spectacles and contact lenses
  • management of people with special needs (children, low vision)
  • sports vision
  • vision in the workplace.

Excellent Learning Outcomes

With world-class research facilities and staff with international reputations, UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science offers the most comprehensive vision science postgraduate degrees in Australia.

We are the only Optometry School in NSW and one of the largest in Asia. We are committed to forming partnerships with ophthalmic industry and across the health care sector.

Upon completion of the Master of Clinical Optometry degree, you’ll be able to apply for registration with the Optometry Board leading to the practice of Optometry in Australia, New Zealand and most parts of Asia.


  • Optometry

Your Career

This degree will help you pursue a career as an optometrist.

You can choose diverse career pathways in a range of settings, including:

  • public health
  • vision research
  • paediatric optometry
  • sports and workplace vision
  • consulting to ophthalmic industries.

Job opportunities in this field are excellent and are expected to remain so, given the high visual demands in the modern computer-based workplace and the aging population in Australia.

What Our Students Say

“The MOptom program offered a variety of courses to enhance my knowledge and professional skills. The combination of face-to-face and online learning allowed me to undertake this program part-time whilst continuing to work full-time.”

Katherine Wong, UNSW alumnus.

Find Out More

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.