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Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Optometry

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


University of Auckland


The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) is an opportunity for Bachelor of Science graduates to advance their qualifications.

Pursue advanced study in your specialist area with the Postgraduate Diploma in Science. Extend your knowledge with coursework or try a project or dissertation as part of your diploma – the option is yours. The PGDipSci offers a pathway toward masters and doctoral study.

Summer School will start in January.

The School of Optometry encourages both new and less-recent graduates to consider postgraduate study as it provides an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in a specialised field.

The school’s postgraduate programmes are designed to assist and enhance clinical, biomedical and vision science research. There are a number of active research groups within the school who are all undertaking leading-edge clinical, biomedical and vision research. This subject also available in Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

In addition, there are research study collaborations with a number of specialist groups:

  • New Zealand National Eye Centre
  • Department of Ophthalmology
  • School of Medical Sciences
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Physiology
  • Department of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Auckland Bioengineering Institute
  • Liggins Institute
  • Department of Psychology

Further study options

  • Master of Science
  • Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice
  • Master of Bioscience Enterprise
  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Entry criteria

Taught 120 points

You must have completed an undergraduate degree in science at a recognised university (or similar institution) in your intended specialisation with a GPE of 3.0. Some specialisations may require you to have completed specific courses in your undergraduate degree.

IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and no bands less than 6.0; Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 and written score of 21; Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21; Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169; Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50; Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP): Grade of B-; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 85.

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