The Department of Ophthalmology offers higher degree programs in laboratory, clinical and/or public health research towards the following qualifications:
A three-year research degree (or equivalent part-time) incorporating a thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words.
An internationally recognised masters by research. Duration of candidature is 18 months (or equivalent part-time). Students produce a thesis of approximately 30,000-35,000 words, which is externally examined.
For candidates who have completed a medical qualification (MBBS or equivalent):
An approved supervised degree of not less than two years full-time research (or equivalent part-time) resulting in a thesis of 80,000 to 100,000 words
Duration of candidature is not less than one year full-time research (or equivalent part-time). Students produce a thesis of 30,000 - 40,000 words.
A research degree for candidates who have a medical degree and surgical experience.
You can find out more about research projects undertaken by some of our current students and recent graduates.
A research higher degree in the Department of Ophthalmology does not result in specialist ophthalmology qualifications. To apply for ophthalmology training, contact the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).
How to apply for higher degree study in our Department:
1. Download and complete an Expression of Interest Form
To help us establish your eligibility and preparedness for a research degree with the Department of Ophthalmology.
The form is not intended to be a final or worked up version of the research you may eventually do. Submitting the Expression of Interest form does not guarantee a place.
2. Review the University's detailed information for each of its graduate research degrees and for general information on applying for graduate degrees:
Information for prospective Australian graduate students
Information for prospective International graduate students
International students are also directed to International Student Services
3. The university is moving to a paper-based graduate research degree application process in July 2011. Applicants who are unable to submit a complete application with all supporting documents using eApplication before 30 June should wait and submit their applications after the new process opens in July. More information on the new process is available at
4. Contact our Student Administration Coordinator (9929 8705) to discuss your Expression of Interest.