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Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS)

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The purpose of the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences is to provide a postgraduate qualification for New Zealand or Australian medical graduates interested in pursuing further training and specialisation in ophthalmology. We anticipate the source of enrolment will be mainly second year house surgeons in New Zealand and/or Australia. The programme may also meet the needs of trainees already enrolled in similar training programmes in other parts of the world or general practitioners.

This programme, taught in conjunction with the University of Sydney, consists of four 30-point papers, which can be taken full time over a year or part-time up to five years. It is also available through Distance Learning.


Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences
Dunedin School of Medicine

Website Ophthalmology at the Department of Medicine


Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (PGDipOphthBS)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    2. Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in the country in which the programme is taught, or have an exemption from this requirement from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences).

  2. Structure of the Programme

    1. The programme of study shall comprise the following four papers:        
      • OPHT 801 Ophthalmic Anatomy (30 points)
      • OPHT 802 Ophthalmic Physiology (30 points)
      • OPHT 803 Ophthalmic Optics (30 points)
      • OPHT 804 Practical Ophthalmic Basic Sciences (30 points)

  3. Duration of the Programme

    The duration of the programme shall be one year of full-time study or its equivalent in part-time study. The programme must be completed within five years of admission.

  4. Level of Award of the Diploma

    The diploma may be awarded with distinction or with credit.

  5. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2024 Calendar and supplementary material.

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