The Doctor of Optometry (OD) is the pathway to an exciting and rewarding optometry career. The Melbourne OD is a masters level professional entry degree that creates a new benchmark in 21st century optometric education. It is an internationally recognised qualification and the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Clinical studies commence in first year and gradually increase to full-time in the final year. The course is of four years duration and consists of a combination of on-campus teaching and clinical placements. A research project, with clinical relevance, is conducted as a required component of the degree.
The Melbourne OD is taught by the Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences , within the Graduate School of Science at the University of Melbourne. The department has long led the way in optometry training in Australasia and was the first optometry school to respond to the expanded scope of professional optometric practice by introducing therapeutic training.