Postgraduate coursework


post graduate teaching at the save sight institute

Since 2003, the Save Sight Institute and the Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology & Eye Health have been delivering innovative distance learning postgraduate programmes in ophthalmology. The discipline has an outstanding reputation for the expertise of its academic staff and the quality of its teaching and research.

The broadly based critical alliance of academics associated with
the discipline provides an extensive resource for our coursework students.

Sydney Medical School's International Ophthalmology, Ophthalmic Sciences and Cataract & Refractive Surgery postgraduate programme includes studies in ophthalmic science, the applications of ophthalmic equipment, and familiarity with anatomical specimens, prosections, radiographs and electron micrographs, as well as refractive surgery theory and practice.

The Ophthalmic Sciences programme also provides a solid foundation for the pursuit of a research career and is offered at graduate certificate, graduate diploma and masters degree level. The Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) is open to applicants who hold a medical qualification (MBBS) or equivalent. The Master of Science in Medicine (Ophthalmic Science) is open to applicants who hold a non-medical qualification. The two masters degrees offer the same course of study. Our Refractive Surgery and International Ophthalmology courses are offered at graduate diploma and masters degree level.

We offer a range of programmes to suit recent medical graduates, practicing ophthalmologists, students in developing countries and those interested in vision science. All our programmes can be taken at graduate diploma or masters level.

Basic Sciences

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

The basic ophthalmic science programme was launched in 2003. This is the only course of its kind in Australasia and is a collaborative programme between the University of Sydney and the University of Otago in New Zealand. The programme brings together world-recognised leaders in ophthalmology and basic ophthalmic science and the universities involved have an international reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research. The graduate diploma and masters programmes in ophthalmic science provide students with the core knowledge and an understanding of ophthalmic basic science. The online distance learning programme has been designed to allow students to continue to further their careers by studying at their own pace while maintaining positions within hospital departments, training programmes, private practices, clinics and research facilities. The practical component of the course is run intensively over three weeks and is offered twice a year. We offer programmes for both medical and non-medical graduates seeking a career in ophthalmology or vision science. Please see our Ophthalmic Science pages for further information.

Oculoplastic Surgery

Graduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Science (Oculoplastic Surgery)
Master of Medicine (Ophthalmic Science – Oculoplastic Surgery)

In addition to the basic ophthalmic science degree, a subspecialty stream is offered in oculoplastic surgery. This specialist stream aims to provide a theoretical and practical qualification for the practice of oculoplastic surgery. It is open to local and international students who wish to gain a comprehensive and balanced perspective in the evolving field of oculoplastic surgery. The course covers basic sciences, evidence based medicine and surgery as it applies to oculoplastic surgery. The course aims to equip postgraduate students with the foundations for lifelong clinical development and to enhance clinical and theoretical knowledge in oculoplastic surgery to complement a candidate’s clinical or fellowship experience. Applications for admission to the Oculoplastic Surgery stream are welcome from medical graduates who are eligible to undertake a sub-specialty fellowship or are registered to practice ophthalmology in their state or country.

Graduate Diploma in Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Master of Medicine (Cataract and Refractive Surgery)

In 2009, the discipline welcomed its first cohort of Refractive Surgery students. The programme is offered jointly by the University of Sydney and the University of Auckland and is the first of its kind in any country. In 2013, we changed the name of the programme to Cataract and Refractive Surgery to reflect changes in the sub-specialty area and the evolved course content. Cataract and Refractive Surgery are ever-expanding areas and laser surgery is now the most frequently performed eye operation in Australia. The University of Sydney Cataract and Refractive Surgery programme aims to equip students with knowledge of the theory and practices of cataract and refractive surgery using distance learning and a practical component at an accredited cataract and refractive surgical centre. The course has been designed so that students can undertake it entirely remotely and is run by internationally recognised ophthalmologists. The courses are structured to suit recent ophthalmic graduates and practicing ophthalmologists. Please see our Cataract and Refractive Surgery pages for further information.

Graduate Diploma in International Ophthalmology
Master of International Ophthalmology

International ophthalmology focus on the specific training needs of clinicians in the developing countries of the Asia-Pacific region but is not limited to these countries. Students will be provided with the skills to competently practice ophthalmology at the highest possible standard with an emphasis on the specific diseases and pathologies of their home countries. Students will gain theoretical and practical knowledge through a combination of distance learning and local and visiting mentors who will provide clinical teaching and supervision in the student’s working environment. For further details, please see our International Ophthalmology pages.