Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom)

Quick facts

Points per degree 600 points
Fulltime study 5 years (including Overlapping Year)
Degree structure Taught
Taught at City, Tāmaki and Grafton Campuses
Application closing dates 1 October
Start date Semester 1

Programme highlights

  • New Zealand's only BOptom degree to be accredited by the Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand.
  • Develop communication, empathy and problem-solving skills, particularly in working with children, the elderly and the partially sighted.
  • On graduation you can be accredited as a registered optometrist, able to diagnose and treat eye diseases.
  • Develop the clinical and business skills to own or manage your own business or work in the health sector.

Programme overview

Optometry is the clinical application of visual science. It is the study of the basic physical and life sciences as they relate to the visual system, and the study of visual mechanisms, including colour and form perception, focussing properties and eye coordination. The role of the optometrist is to examine the eyes and integrity of the visual pathways, to diagnose visual problems or impairments, advise of the prevention of eye problems, and prescribe and provide treatment. Optometrists with a therapeutic scope of practice may prescribe therapeutic pharmaceutical agents for the management of certain anterior eye diseases. Taught by the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, the Bachelor of Optometry (BOptom) covers both clinical optometry and vision science and involves the study of the basic physical and life sciences as they relate to the visual system. You will also gain an extensive knowledge of optics, anatomy and physiology of vision, ocular pharmacology, pathology and therapeutics, as well as immunology. In addition to extensive knowledge in vision science, the BOptom will give you skills in communication, empathy and problem-solving, particularly when providing services to children, the elderly and the partially sighted. By graduating with a BOptom you will be well prepared with the knowledge, experience and skills required to enter practice or to continue with graduate or other studies. For futher programme details, please visit the Department of Optomery and Vision Science website or refer to the University of Auckland Calendar.

Programme structure

Of the 600 points required for this degree, a student must pass:

Entry requirements

If you wish to be considered for a place in the BOptom programme, you must first complete the Common or Overlapping Year of the Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science or the Health Sciences First Year from University of Otago. School leavers are not admitted directly into Part II of the BOptom programme.

Find more information about the Biomedical Common or Overlapping Year

Find more information about pre-requisites for the BOptom

Career opportunities

On completion of your BOptom, you may apply for registration as an optometrist with the New Zealand Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians Registration Board or a State Board in Australia. There are opportunities in private practice, in hospitals, research, teaching and industry.

Help and advice

For further information, refer to the following publications.

Alternatively, staff at the Department of Optometry and Vision Science, located on Level 3 of Building 503 (85 Park Road, Grafton Road), can help you with general enquiries and refer you on to the relevant academic advisors. Their opening hours are 8.30am - 5pm.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 89925 or 86483 
Email: ugadvice-optometry@auckland.ac.nz