Ophthalmic Science

Overview

ophthalmic science

Ophthalmic Science aims to prevent blindness, promote eye health and rehabilitate those with a visual disability. The courses provide graduates with the core knowledge and understanding of basic ophthalmic science and thus enable them to practice ophthalmology or vision sciences at the highest possible standard.

The diploma and degree teach anatomy, physiology, optics, and practical ophthalmic science and masters student will complete a treatise in the field of ophthalmology.

Units of study are delivered online with the exception of the Practical Ophthalmic Science (OPSC5004) unit which is delivered as a face to face block/intensive unit over 3 weeks. This unit can be taken at the Save Sight Institute in Sydney or at the University of Otago in New Zealand. The unit is held twice a year in the semester breaks.

The Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) and the Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) are essentially the same programme but with different entry requirements.


Studying Ophthalmic Science at Sydney University (VIDEO)


Articulation Pathways

There are two points at which students may elect to graduate:

  1. Upon successful completion of 36 credit points of coursework students may graduate with a Graduate Diploma of Ophthalmic Science.
  2. Students have the option to upgrade to the masters at any time during their studies subject to meeting the admission criteria.
  3. Upon successful completion of a total of 48 credit points of coursework students graduate with a Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) or a Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science).

Sydney Medical School Handbook: http://sydney.edu.au/handbooks/medicine/postgraduate/coursework_io/ophthalmic_science.shtml


Graduate Diploma & Master of in Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science)

The course aims to provide graduates with the core knowledge and an understanding of ophthalmic basic science and thus enable them to advance in a career in vision science. It will assist those seeking a position in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) approved training scheme.

Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science)

This course aims to provide graduates with the core knowledge and understanding of basic ophthalmic science and thus enable them to advance a career in vision science.

Core Units of Study

Students must complete the following units of study:

OPSC5001: Ophthalmic Anatomy (9 credit points)
OPSC5002: Ophthalmic Physiology (9 credit points)
OPSC5003: Ophthalmic Optics (9 credit points)
OPSC5004: Practical Ophthalmic Science (9 credit points)

And (Masters students only):

OPSC5005 Treatise (12 credit points)

Alternative core unit of study (require departmental permission)

OPSC5011 Ocular Genetics (9 credit points)
OPSC5012 Ocular Pathology (9 credit points)

Career pathways

Students 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. It follows that the graduates of this degree will be able to apply this to their careers in the visual sciences and improve the eye health of our community.

Further information and applications

Graduate Diploma
Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science)
Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science)