Bachelor of Health Science - Vision Science / Master of Optometry

Flinders University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00114A

This double degree prepares students with the skills necessary to provide vital optometry services to the community. It provides students with study in the fundamental sciences and fields of medical science that underpin optometry, followed by studies in visual sciences and optometry. This includes studies in the fundamentals of the eye and vision and practical training in optometric practice. It provides students with the knowledge and clinical skills to identify and treat eye dysfunction and diseases and to perform common diagnostic and therapeutic optometric procedures. The degree shares significant amounts of teaching with Medicine and includes a topic delivered by Ophthalmology at Flinders Medical Centre. Optometry and Ophthalmology at Flinders University are internationally recognised for their research and the degree includes an important research component.


Students are required to pass all topics of the Bachelor component of the double degree and achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of no less than 5 in the 2nd and 3rd year topics completed, will be permitted to progress to the Master of Optometry. A large proportion of the Masters is spent in clinical placements in optometry clinics at Flinders University and in metropolitan or regional and remote areas. During the final years of the double degree, students are expected to complete over 500 eye examinations during the Master of Optometry. This clinical experience is spread across many environments including city, country, international, speciality, indigenous and hospital practice.


  • Biology, Chemistry and Physics, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Neuroscience, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Vision Science, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Ocular Anatomy.

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • Or higher education transfers.


This degree is accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand. Graduates will be eligible to register as optometrists.

Study pathways

Students must maintain a Grade Point Average of no less than 5 in the 2nd and 3rd year topics completed, will be permitted to progress to the Master of Optometry.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Bedford Park International: $182,500 No
  • Full-time : 5 years
  • Part-time : 8 years

Further information

Second Year entry is available to students who complete one year of the Bachelor of Medical Science at Flinders University or those who complete one year of the Bachelor of Science (Human Biology Preclinical) (Optometry Stream) at Curtin University.

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