Where will this take me?


Doctor of Optometry graduates will be inspired to become industry-leading practitioners and world-class care providers after their time at the University of Melbourne.

Driven by unmatched resources, renowned teaching staff and evidence-based practices, graduates from this course are prepared to pursue a career that is constantly challenging and evolving.

Amazing career opportunities

As a graduate of the Doctor of Optometry, you can take advantage of high employment rates, no matter the pathway you choose to pursue.

Most graduates of this course find employment through their final year of clinical placement. With an outstanding reputation for excellence in the field of optometry, the University of Melbourne has a vibrant placement relationship with private and corporate practices alike.

While many students choose to become community-based practitioners post-graduation, there are other career opportunities open in the field of optometry, including:

  • Further academic research
  • Public health
  • Public health policy.

If you have rural or community-focused practice in mind, this degree will provide you with plenty of opportunities to pursue some of the most interesting and remote placements.

An internationally recognised qualification

Graduates from the Doctor of Optometry emerge as strong leaders in their field. The Doctor of Optometry is the entry practice degree for registration as an optometrist in Australia, as well as New Zealand.

Students can also take advantage of potential international placements. Previous students have travelled to a range of international locations, including New York, South Africa, India, Nepal and Vanuatu.

Read about Erica's experience:

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Erica Barclay