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Subject description


Optometry is the clinical application of visual science. It is the study of the basic physical and life sciences as they relate to the visual system, and the study of visual mechanisms, including colour and form perception, focussing properties and eye coordination. The role of the optometrist is to examine the eyes and the visual system, diagnose visual problems, advise of the prevention of eye problems, and prescribe and provide spectacles and contact lenses.


Structure and prerequisites

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) - Optometry

The prerequisite is a BOptom, or an equivalent qualification approved by the Head of Department.



  • At least 90 points from OPTOM 711-787
  • Up to 30 further points, subject to approval by the Head of Department, from approved 600 or 700 level courses in a related subject


Master of Science (MSc) - Optometry

Research Masters

The prerequisite is a BOptom(Hons) or a PGDipSci in Optometry.

Requirements: Research Masters

Taught Masters

Prerequisites : BOptom and a current registration as an optometrist and an annual practising certificate


Academic Advisers

Taught Masters Contact

Research Masters/ PhD Contact

Help and advice

For further information, refer to the Optometry and Vision Science Handbook.

Alternatively, staff at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, located on Level 3 of Building 503 (85 Park Road, Grafton Road), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors. Their opening hours are 8.30am - 5pm.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89925
Email: optometry@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.optometry.auckland.ac.nz

Career opportunities

When you have completed your undergraduate BOptom programme you may apply for registration as an optometrist with the NZ Opticians Board or State Board of Australia. There are opportunities in private practice, in hospitals, research, teaching and industry.

New Zealand postgraduate qualifications (including Masters or PhD qualifications) in Optometry or in Vision Science are not accepted for registration as an Optometrist in New Zealand.


Further information