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What will I learn?

Prepare yourself for a rewarding career in optometry in a high-quality learning environment. You will receive a grounding in the fundamentals of science with an emphasis on vision science, where you will study the visual system and factors that influence sight, in preparation for intensive study and clinical experience in optometry.

What you will study

First year

A typical first year may include:

  • science topics in physics for the health sciences, evolution of biological diversity, the molecular basis of life, chemistry for the life sciences, and chemical structure and bonding or general chemistry
  • medical and health topics in legal and ethical aspects of health care, skills for medical scientists, and human physiology and structure.

Second year

A typical second year may include:

  • medical science topics in biochemistry, human molecular genetics, human physiology, fundamental neuroscience, and human immunology and infectious diseases
  • optometry topics in skills for optometry practice, optics of the eye and vision, and communication for the consulting room.

Third year

A typical third year may include:

  • topics in pathophysiology, principles of pharmacology and toxicology, ocular pharmacology and therapeutics, knowledge of health and illness for optometrists, ocular anatomy and histology, clinical skills, and normal eye and vision.

Fourth and fifth year

A typical fourth and fifth year may include:

  • core topics in knowledge of health and illness for optometrists, ophthalmology, clinical skills for optometrists, and optometry
  • a series of clinical placements.

Your career

Potential occupations include:

  • optical consultant
  • optometrist
  • outreach optometry coordinator
  • paediatric optometrist
  • public health optometrist.

Which department am I in?

College of Medicine and Public Health



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,500.00 (19,85,854) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

27 February 2023


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Flinders University recognises international secondary schooling for direct entry to undergraduate programs.

Assumed knowledge: Knowledge of SACE stage two chemistry, mathematics and physics or equivalent is assumed.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 7.0 Overall with 7.0 Speaking, 7.0 Writing, 7.0 Reading, 7.0 Listening; TOEFL (Internet): 96 Overall with 24 Speaking, 24 Writing, 24 Reading, 24 Listening; Pearson PTE Academic: 65 Overall with 65 Speaking, 65 Writing, 65 Reading, 65 Listening; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): C.

There are two admissions cycles for undergraduate degrees: February intake (semester 1): applications open in August for commencement the following year. All courses are open for applications. Midyear intake (semester 2): applications open in August for commencement in July the following year. Not all courses are offered.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Flinders University

Flinders University ranked 1st in South Australia for teaching quality, learning engagement and student support.

  • Among top 300 - THE World University Rankings 2020
  • Home to over 5000 international students
  • Based in Adelaide one of the most liveable cities in the world
  • Over 300 study options to choose from