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International Ophthalmology

Graduate Diploma in International Ophthalmology

Master of International Ophthalmology


Graduate Diploma in International Ophthalmology

Master of International Ophthalmology

Credit points required to complete



Time to complete full-time

1 year

1 year

Time to complete part-time

1.5 to 4 years

1.5 to 6 years


International Ophthalmology focuses on the specific training needs of clinicians in developing countries with a particular emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region. The course provides students with the skills to competently practise ophthalmology at the highest possible standard with an emphasis on the specific diseases and pathologies of their home countries.

The course provides the opportunity for students to learn both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to enable them to competently diagnose and manage common eye conditions, diseases and injuries to the eye. Clinical and basic sciences are taught online and local and visiting mentors provide valuable clinical teaching and supervision in the student's working environment.

Course outcomes

The courses provide graduates with the practical experience and knowledge to manage ophthalmic conditions specific to their native countries.

Further information

The majority of the degree is in the form of online learning.

The method of assessment for online units will be based on assignments (three assignments over the course of each semester), problem-based learning modules and online participation.

Students enrolled in the Community Stream will undertake their practical units of study under the guidance of the course coordinator and may be completed in their home country, in another developing country or at the Save Sight Institute in Sydney.

Students enrolled in the Vocational Stream will undertake their practical units under the guidance of a visiting mentor either to their home country or to another developing country.

Discipline of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye Health
Phone: +61 2 9382 7284/7599

Website: Save Sight Institute