Study the science of how we see and interact with our world. This degree provides a comprehensive education in a wide range of areas, including:
sensation and perception
anatomy and functioning of the eye
visual aids and dispensing
the consulting room interface
research design and methods and experimentation.
You’ll gain broad experience in optometric eye care and training to communicate effectively with patients and other health practitioners. This degree will help you develop sought after skills, ensuring your training is relevant in today’s fast-changing world.
IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 90
This Bachelor of Vision Science explores the sensory processes that underlie vision and the development and use of vision-related technologies. Your study will include optical science, anatomy and functioning of the eye, eye disorders, clinical optometry, ocular therapy and treatments of ocular-visual disorders. You’ll also learn about research design, methods and experimentation that can be applied in the workplace.
Full program structure
The Bachelor of Vision Science can be completed in three years of full-time study. The program is made up of 24 courses total, including 22 core courses and two general education courses.
Molecules, Cells and Genes
Chemistry 1A: Atoms Molecules and Energy
Biological Chemistry for Optometry Students
Seeing the World: Perspectives from Vision Science
Geometrical and Physical Optics
Mathematics for Life Sciences or Mathematics 1A or Higher Mathematics 1A
Fundamentals of Physics or Physics 1A or Higher Physics 1A
The Clinical Environment
Ocular Anatomy and Physiology
Organisation and Function of the Visual System
General Education Course
Disease Processes of the Eye 1
Vision Science in the Consulting Room
Ocular Imaging & Applied Vision Science
Disease Processes of the Eye 2
Working in the Clinical Environment
Pharmacology for Optometry
Development and Aging of the Visual System
General Education Course
Direct entry requirement
All India Senior School Certificate (CBSE)
Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
India State Board
Great Britain General Certificate of Education (GCE A levels)
International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (after 2016)
Applicants will be assessed on a combination of higher school academic results, portfolio submission and an interview.
You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.
If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:
English language tests and university English courses
Prior study in the medium of English
UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level.
IELTS 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest)
TOEFL 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking)
2022 Indicative First Year Fee
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
The Bachelor of Vision Science will prepare you to work in the eye health sector, including clinical settings, health promotion in government and non-government organisations and the ophthalmic industry.
You can work in wide range of optics, vision science and ophthalmology research laboratories that develop drugs, imaging technology and vision correction devices such as contact lenses, spectacles and ocular implants.
Career opportunities are also available in the government sector, particularly in teaching and defence technology (e.g., lasers and optical equipment). You could also contribute to the development of health and occupational policy regarding the importance of vision to quality of life in the workplace.
You may be interested to pursue further study in a clinical discipline in optometry, orthoptics or rehabilitation for people with vision impairment (Diploma in Orientation and Mobility) or seek higher studies with an honours year, leading to a master's or PhD.