Doctor of Optometry

  • CRICOS code: 072811B
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    Applications for 2023 will open on Monday 2 May 2022
  • Guaranteed Entry Applications close - Guaranteed Entry applications close on Friday 29 July 2022 for 2023 applications.
  • Graduate Access Melbourne Applications close - Graduate Access Melbourne applications for 2022 close on Friday 29 July 2022.
  • Standard Applications - Applications for domestic students open on Monday 2 May 2022 and close on Friday 29 July 2022 (5.00pm AEST).

    NO LATE APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED - Please note the closing time is 5.00pm AEST / 3.00pm AWST

Local applicants are those with Australian or New Zealand citizenship, Permanent Residency or a humanitarian visa. These applicants should apply via GEMSAS.

Guaranteed Entry

Current University of Melbourne students

Please refer to the Secure your graduate study at Melbourne page on the Study website for all the information about guaranteed entry pathways for the Doctor of Optometry. If you want to apply for guaranteed entry, as a local student you simply have to tick the box on the GEMSAS online application.

Note: Only University of Melbourne students can apply for guaranteed entry into graduate degrees.

Applications are now open to all applicants who have completed their undergraduate degree in 2021 or due to complete their undergraduate degree in 2022.

Chancellor's Scholars 
All Chancellor’s Scholars (who entered their undergraduate degree at the University of Melbourne with an ATAR of 99.90 or above) who would like to be considered for the Doctor of Optometry 2023 intake must apply via our future student website by Friday 29 July 2022 in order to be considered for a guaranteed place:

All students who commence their undergraduate degree at Melbourne after the 2016 intake will be required to pass on the first attempt any course prerequisite subjects taken at the University of Melbourne.

Guaranteed Entry Scheme Eligibility

View the eligibility criteria for the Doctor of Optometry via the Guaranteed Entry Scheme. Find out more about Guaranteed Entry Scheme here.

Please note, applying via the Guaranteed Entry Scheme guarantees eligible students either:

  • An Australian full fee place* (for domestic students); or
  • An international full fee place (for international students)

*Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are not offered via the Guaranteed Entry Scheme. To be considered for a CSP, domestic applicants would need to apply via the regular application process through GEMSAS.

Your Guaranteed Entry application will not be considered if you have not met the eligibility criteria for the Guaranteed Entry Scheme.

If you are not eligible for the Guaranteed Entry Scheme, do not apply through the above future student website. You must apply directly through GEMSAS by the application deadline.

If you have any questions about Guaranteed Entry Scheme, please email Please quote your Student ID number, full name in any correspondence with us.

Indigenous OD Pathway

Applicants of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent are given priority access to the Doctor of Optometry at the University of Melbourne under the Indigenous OD Pathway.

All eligible Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants must submit a Confirmation of Identity to for verification. Indigenous applicants who meet the requirements may be invited for a second interview with a panel of key Indigenous staff members and course staff.

How to Apply for the Indigenous OD Pathway

Eligible Indigenous applicants who wish to apply to the University of Melbourne under the Indigenous Pathway will be required to submit an application directly here

Prospective Indigenous applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with the faculty Indigenous Student Support Officer via to receive advice about the direct application process. Applicants who don’t meet the pre-requisites are also encouraged to get in touch with the Indigenous Student Support Officer.

Graduate Access Melbourne

If your personal circumstances have had a sustained adverse effect on your academic achievement at undergraduate level or you are member of a specified group known to be under-represented in higher education, you may be eligible for Graduate Access Melbourne (GAM). For more information please visit the Graduate Access Melbourne webpage.

Completed GAM forms are to be submitted directly to the University of Melbourne, by the closing date (see above).

The form stack link for Graduate Access Melbourne application can be accessed here.

More Information

Within the course, students will attend placements at clinical sites both within Melbourne, rural Victoria, interstate and overseas. Students are expected to bear the costs involved in these placements.

Students are required to conform to prescribed dress and conduct requirements when assigned to all clinical duties with patients.

Students will be required to attend and participate in the OD student conference. The student conference will be delivered in a traditional conference format over 2-3 days in the Semester 2 mid-semester break.

*Doctor of Optometry students will be required to have a current CPR certificate prior to entering clinic in third year.

If I am applying through the University's guaranteed entry scheme, do I need to sit the GAMSAT?

No, you do not. However, if you are not confident of maintaining the required GPA in your final year – we recommend you sit the GAMSAT (or equivalent) to ensure you can still apply.

Information about Guaranteed Entry Pathways into Doctor of Optometry

After completing the Doctor of Optometry, can I practise as a therapeutically endorsed Optometrist in Australia?

You can apply for accreditation from the Optometry Board of Australia. Graduates from the Doctor of Optometry are also eligible for accreditation in many other countries around the world.
Note: the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requires that all Optometry graduates demonstrate English language skills at IELTS 7 or equivalent before being considered for professional registration by the Optometry Board of Australia. You will need to have valid test results from IELTS (Academic) examinations prior to applying for registration.

Can I defer my place in the course?

No. You should apply for the year you would like to begin study. If you decline your offer you are welcome to apply again the following year but as the pool of applicants changes from year to year there is no guarantee you will be offered a place again.

Additional Costs:

Please note that the purchase of some equipment will be necessary for various compulsory subjects within this course. Students will continue to use the equipment during the remainder of the course and after graduation.

All students undertaking a placement in a hospital, clinic or other health or community environment are required to satisfy a number of requirements, including:

  • Undergoing a recent National Police Record Check
  • Holding a valid Working with Children Check for the relevant state/territory, and
  • Being satisfactorily protected against infectious disease transmission.

Please refer to the Student Placements webpage for detailed information regarding compliance requirements.

Please note that the purchase of some equipment will be necessary for various compulsory subjects within this course. Students will continue to use the equipment during the remainder of the course and after graduation.

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