Graduate degree pathway

How to become an optometrist

Standard entry

1. Undergraduate degree

First you must meet the entry requirements for your undergraduate degree.

2. Graduate degree

The Doctor of Optometry also has specific prerequisite and grade entry requirements to be considered for entry. Specifically, you must complete three subjects from one of more relevant biological science disciplines at a second and third year level. Students applying for standard entry must also complete the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

Graduate Degree Packages

The University also offers guaranteed entry to high–achieving domestic and international students who have completed an Australian Year 12 or the IB in Australia based on your ATAR.   More information on Graduate Degree Packages.

Graduate Degree PackageATAR CSP VTAC Course Code International Fee Paying VTAC Course Code Other selection criteria
Bachelor of Biomedicine/Doctor of Optometry 99.00+ 3800510261 3800510263 WAM 75%+
Bachelor of Science/Doctor of Optometry 99.00+ 3800510271 3800510273 WAM 75%+

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars

Melbourne Chancellor's Scholars are guaranteed a place into the graduate degree of their choice following successful completion of their undergraduate degree.


The University offers a range of scholarships at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Find a scholarship that's right for you

Other guarantees available

DegreeGuaranteed Entry Requirements
Doctor of OptometryApplicants who receive an ATAR (or notional ATAR) between 96.00 and 98.95 in Year 12 and commence and complete an undergraduate course at the University of Melbourne with a weighted average mark of 75% or higher are guaranteed an Australian fee place (for domestic students) or international fee place. All students who commence their undergraduate degree at Melbourne after the 2016 intake will be required to pass on the first attempt any subject course pre-requisites taken at The University of Melbourne. Students who fail to achieve this, will not be guaranteed entry to the course. Applicants eligible for guaranteed entry do not need to complete the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT).