Our two-year specialist degree is focused on diagnosis and management of a variety of eye disorders in children and adults. Orthoptics students can expect to study anatomy and physiology, ophthalmics, diagnostics, therapeutics and orthoptic clinical practices - guided by our internationally acclaimed academics researchers and practitioners.
- Eye and Visual Systems
- Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility 1
- Ocular Pathology 1
- Introduction to Professional Practice
- Clinical Management of Refractive Error
- Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility 2
- Ocular Pathology 2
- Professional Practice 1
- Research Project 1
- Neurological Ocular Disorders
- Therapy, Management and Rehabilitation
- Professional Practice 2
- Research Project 2
- Advanced Professional Practice
- Professional Practice 3
Master of Orthoptics students experience a diverse range of clinical placement opportunities. Students complete a minimum of 280 hours over the two year program, both during semester and block placements between semesters, in a range of over 50 placement sites across Sydney in hospital, community and private practice, and over 15 sites outside the Sydney metropolitan area.
Finding a placement
Placements are sourced for students by the UTS: Graduate School of Health as the sites chosen are carefully selected to provide a balance of clinical practice across a range of settings and maximise your clinical learning.
Students are allocated placements within the Sydney metropolitan area. All students are required to undertake a block (full-time) rural, remote or interstate placement for up to three weeks at a location compatible with their circumstances.
Our hospital placement partners include some of Sydney's largest teaching hospitals as well as settings in regional and rural Australia. Placements within a hospital setting may include:
- medical and perioperative areas
- outpatient clinics
Specialist and alternative placement settings
Students also have the option to pursue career interests outside the the hospital setting in a range of specialist settings including specialised opthalmic private practices, rehabilitation clinics, community health clinical and private orthoptic practices. These settings can include:
Specialisted Opthalmic Private Practices:
- Refractive laser surgery
- General opthalmic
- Low vision
- School screening clinics
- Statewide Eye Preschooler Screening (StEPS) Program clinics
- Paediatric screening clinics (0-3)
- Aged care facilities
Detailed information on clinical placement requirements and logistics including uniform, vaccinations and more can be found on the UTS Current Students site.