Higher Degree Research Topics

We offer research programs for graduates of optometry and other sciences. Research for a Master of Science by Research (MSc) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) can be undertaken in a diverse range of areas and disciplines including clinical optometry, applied research and basic research.  Possible topics include:

- Visual development, amblyopia, binocular vision

- Vision throughout the lifespan

- Low vision, access to services, visual impairment and accident prevention

- Colour vision and development

- Myopia control

- Dry eye, sex hormones, obesity and nutrition, nutraceuticals

- Measurement of ocular symptoms

- Tear film biochemistry and disease-related changes

- Ocular surface physiology and pathology

- Ocular allergy

- Corneal healing, wound healing (eg following refractive surgery)

- Ocular surface innervation

Contact lenses, orthokeratology, contact lens-related disease

- Keratoconus

Ocular microbiology and bacterial pathogenesis

- Ocular immunology

- Ocular anatomy

- Animal models of ocular disease

Genetic predisposition to ocular disease

Ocular Therapeutics

- Ocular tumours (melanoma)

- Retinal and choroidal cell biology

- Retinal anatomyphysiology and pathology

- Retinitis Pigmentosa

- Glaucoma

Ocular disease diagnosis using imaging

- Visual electrophysiology

- Visual psychophysics, detection of brain abnormalities

- Visual perception of scene layout, motion, and form

- Multisensory experience of self-motion

Optics: white light interferometry, holography

- Public health optometry: access to eyecare, quality of eyecare, evidence-based practice