Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry

Fast facts

Course type: Undergraduate/postgraduate course
Course length: 5 years
Location: On campus

2017 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 99.70
Bonus points: Yes

Admission information setsFlinders University | Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry

Course overview

By successfully completing the Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Vision Science) you can gain entry to the Master of Optometry at Flinders. This new double degree gives you a fundamental grounding in science with a specialisation in Vision Sciences, where you will study the visual system and factors that influence sight in preparation for intensive study in Optometry.

This 5 year double degree prepares you with the skills you will need to provide vital optometry services to the community. It will also give you the necessary training to perform valuable research into eye diseases and conditions that cause blindness, and to identify, diagnose and treat a variety of eye problems.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Vision Science?

Vision Science is the study of visual perception and the visual system.

Why study Vision Science at Flinders?

  • We are providing the only Optometry course offered in South Australia.
  • The course provides the opportunity for you to become a registered optometrist in 5 years.
  • Flinders University is nationally recognised for its research into blinding eye conditions. During your studies you will have access to cutting-edge research and benefit from the expertise of the University’s Eye and Vision Collaborative Group.
  • Based in The Flinders Medical Centre’s Department of Ophthalmology, this multidisciplinary group’s members include professional clinicians, researchers and nurses. Focusing on the connections between vision and health, the group’s aim is to pass their expertise on to the next generation of clinicians and researchers through training and participation in student projects.
  • Vision Sciences will enable you to build on our School of Medicine’s strengths in rural, remote and Indigenous health by giving you the opportunity to undertake clinical placements in various rural and remote areas. We have a strong profile in medicine both nationally and internationally, and we continue to be at the forefront of innovation in teaching and research.

Career opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science), Master of Optometry?

Professional recognition/membership

The course has been developed with reference to the competency standards and requirements for optometry as published by the Optometry Board of Australia and the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites: None. Knowledge of Stage 2 chemistry, mathematics and physics or equivalent is assumed. The Undergraduate Medicine Admissions Test (UMAT) is no longer a requirement from 2015.

The Flinders Optometry Program is available to school leavers and higher education transfers. School leavers are defined as applicants who are competing for entry on the basis of performance in SACE Stage 2 studies or the International Baccalaureate or the interstate/overseas equivalent. 

An annual sub-quota of up to 15 places in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry will be for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practise in rural and remote regions across Australia. In addition up to five places are allocated to Indigenous students.

Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes.

Refer to undergraduate study applications.

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 214931
Mid year entry: No
Applications: SATAC Uniweb
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2017: $8,798

International students
CRICOS code: Not applicable
Mid year entry: Not applicable
Applications: Not applicable
Annual fees:

Not applicable



Note: Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?

Immunisation and Communicable Diseases: Requirements for Clinical Placements

This course includes clinical placements which aim to provide students with the practical experience required for the workplace. Students on placement have both an increased risk of most vaccine preventable diseases as well as the potential to transmit infections to susceptible patients. Students who are required to complete clinical placements as part of their course must therefore be immunised in accordance with the relevant State or Territory immunisation  standards (e.g. Health Immunisation for Health Care Workers in South Australia 2014 Policy Guideline)  and any additional private provider requirements as needed.

Further information about immunisation and other clinical placement requirements.

Criminal History Screening Check

All optometry students will be required to complete a Criminal History Screening Check prior to undertaking any placement. This requirement will apply to students when they commence the optometry component of the course.

Rural and remote sub-quota

An annual sub-quota of up to 15 places in the Bachelor of Medical Science (Vision Science)/Master of Optometry will be for applicants from rural and remote areas who wish to practise in rural and remote regions across Australia.

In addition up to five places are allocated to Indigenous students.

For further information about being considered for the rural and remote sub-quota refer to rural and remote sub-quota - statutory declaration.

Course brochures

Domestic students
Health (PDF 6MB)

International students

International course guides


Further information


Faculty contact

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Tel: (08) 8201 2986 Fax: (08) 8201 3905