Vision Science is the study of ocular, systemic and neurological disease, underpinned by foundations in biomedical, computation, statistical or societal expertise. This specialisation will provide you with a broad understanding of the field and significant experience in your chosen area.
The Vision Science specialisation will enable you to gain advanced knowledge in the field, with experience investigating problems, thinking critically and collecting and analysing experimental data. This specialisation provides an ideal research pathway for students interested in optometry and a range of other areas within vision science.
Introduction to Biomedical Research (BIOM40001) will introduce you to processes and strategies at the core of modern biomedical research. You will then undertake Graduate Seminar in Vision Science (OPTO90017) to attain a detailed understanding of selected contemporary issues in vision science and the capacity to critically appraise theoretical concepts and empirical tests of those concepts. Additional Vision Science core subject The Eye and Vision: A Window to Disease (OPTO90018) focuses on vision research directed towards the study of ocular, systemic and neurological disease. This subject will develop your understanding of the ways in which experiments in vision science are designed, communicated and interpreted.
Your remaining 12.5 points of discipline subjects should be selected in consultation with your research supervisor. Choose your subjects based on availability and relevance to your research project and personal interest. Professional Skills subjects are offered across a range of faculties and enable you to develop skills that are attractive to employers. A list of available subjects can be found in the Vision Science Handbook entry.
Juan Alejandro Sepulveda Ulloa, Master of Science* (Vision Science), Currently a PhD candidate (Vision Science)
Why did you decide to study this course?
I decided to study the Master of Science* (Vision Science) because I felt it was a good starting point for a research career. This program has coursework components that are crucial for understanding how the visual system works. It has provided me with insights into research pathways that I am now pursuing further.
Most enjoyable about this course has been the opportunity to work with other students and researchers from different backgrounds and levels of expertise. This has allowed me to gain an overall view of how researchers work in teams within an academic environment.
What have been the highlights of your time at University?
My supervisors have been a great support – they have always helped me whenever I have had doubts about my project. I have made various connections and have built memorable friendships with my classmates who were of different nationalities.
Outside of classes, I have participated in recreational and sporting activities on campus, which has been great! I have also been a member of various student associations. This has been a great way to help new students, like myself, get involved in university life.
*The Master of Science (Vision Science) is now offered as the Master of Biomedical Science (Vision Science).
Sample Course Plan*
Master of Biomedical Science - Vision Science Specialisation
The Eye and Vision: A Window to Disease
Introduction to Biomedical Research
Graduate Seminar in Vision Science
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*any variation to this balance of coursework and research project subjects requires Course Coordinator approval.