Study Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney


Our range of courses in ophthalmology are designed to accommodate students from different backgrounds with different career aspirations. This area is divided into two programs: Ophthalmic Sciences and International Ophthalmology.

These courses have been developed to give you the core knowledge and understanding of basic ophthalmic science, which focuses on preventing blindness, promoting eye health, and rehabilitating those with a visual disability. Our International Ophthalmology course has a different focus, with extra emphasis on the specific needs of clinicians in developing countries.

Why study ophthalmology 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
  • Core knowledge of ophthalmic science and practical skills such as diagnostic and prognostic, as well as management and surgical skills are covered in detail throughout the course, and
  • Our courses are delivered online and are complimented by intensive face-to-face practical workshops, which offer flexibility for busy professionals.

Who should study this course?

This course is primarily for medical graduates who are interested in a career in related fields, although there are some students from allied health or science backgrounds.

Our Ophthalmic Sciences course is primarily aimed at those who wish to apply for a position in a Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) recognised training program.

Students interested in pursuing a career in vision science may also be interested in applying for the Ophthalmic Science programme. For our International Ophthalmology students, there are two streams of study available, the Community Ophthalmology Stream, for medical graduates with little or no ophthalmology specialist training, and the Vocational Ophthalmology Stream, for students who have completed a specialisation training program.

Graduate opportunities

Our Ophthalmic Science courses aim to assist primarily medical graduates applying for a position in a RANZCO-recognised training program. They are also designed to assist all graduates who are interested in careers in the visual and neurosciences to gain a strong grounding in the ophthalmic and visual sciences. Graduates of this course will gain practical skills including the ability to demonstrate a detailed and comprehensive knowledge of the practical aspects of ophthalmic sciences. Particular emphasis is placed on ophthalmic anatomy, physiology and optics.

International Ophthalmology graduates will gain practical skills that include knowledge of the prognosis and management of common eye conditions, diseases and injuries. The course also provides students with the opportunity to complete extensive practical experience, including performing ophthalmic surgery and management of post-operative complications.

Graduates from both programs will be able to apply these practical skills to their careers in the visual sciences and improve the eye health in their communities.

Course options

Professional accreditation / recognition

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO)

The Ophthalmic Science programs will assist those seeking a position in the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) approved training scheme.

Medical graduates in the Asia-Pacific region interested in ophthalmology will benefit from the Master of International Ophthalmology, which can lead to qualifications endorsed by their local health ministry. Successful graduates may be eligible for ophthalmology positions with an overseas health department.

Non-award study (single unit enrolment)

It is possible to take almost any unit of study as a non-award student. For more information, please visit Single Unit Enrolment.