Postgraduate study

Explore your postgraduate study options at the School of Optometry and Vision Science, meet our academic advisors, and find out about current research projects.

Our postgraduate programmes are jointly administered by the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.

Note that the following qualifications (PGDipSci, MSci, MHSc and PhD with Optometry as a specialisation) do not qualify for registration as an Optometrist in New Zealand or Australia.

Postgraduate research topics

Here you’ll find a list of research topics and interests offered at the doctorate (PhD), masters and honours level with supervisors from the school.

Honours

Research Topics Supervisor/s details
Age related nuclear cataract: the role of Nrf2 control in the lens Dr Julie Lim
j.lim@auckland.ac.nz
Professor Paul Donaldson
p.donaldson@auckland.ac.nz
Development of aids for colour deficient optometrists Dr Misha Vorobyev
m.vorobyev@auckland.ac.nz
Botox: as a tool for eye therapy? Dr Monica Acosta
m.acosta@auckland.ac.nz

Masters

Research Topics Supervisor/s details
TRP channel expression profiles in the lens Professor Paul Donaldson
p.donaldson@auckland.ac.nz
Dr Rosica Petrova
r.petrova@auckland.ac.nz
The CGAP KO mouse: a tool for understanding
redox regulation in the lens
Dr Julie Lim
j.lim@auckland.ac.nz
Professor Paul Donaldson
p.donaldson@auckland.ac.nz

PhD

Research Topics Supervisor/s details
Are TRP channels functional active in the core of the lens   Professor Paul Donaldson
p.donaldson@auckland.ac.nz
Biological clocks in the eye: regulation of antioxidant homeostasis by circadian rhythms Dr Julie Lim
j.lim@auckland.ac.nz
Professor Paul Donaldson
p.donaldson@auckland.ac.nz
Inter-tissue cross talk in the eye:exosome communication between the front and the back of the eye Dr Julie Lim
j.lim@auckland.ac.nz
Investigation of physiological mechanisms that regulate normal eye growth Dr John Phillips
j.phillips@auckland.ac.nz
Investigation of methods for Inhibition of myopia progression in children Dr John Phillips
j.phillips@auckland.ac.nz
Colour deficiency and colour judgement Dr Misha Vorobyev
m.vorobyev@auckland.ac.nz
Vesicular transport in eye diseases Dr Monica Acosta
m.acosta@auckland.ac.nz
Neurochemistry of an animal model of
retinal degeneration
Dr Monica Acosta
m.acosta@auckland.ac.nz
Biological glass: The molecular and cellular determinations of the optical properties of the ocular lens Dr Ehsan Vaghefi
e.vaghefi@auckland.ac.nz
Emmetropization in invertebrate eyesVisual function in virtual reality Dr Phil Turnbull
p.turnbull@auckland.ac.nz
Digital design of therapies to combat age related nuclear cataract Dr Ehsan Vaghefi
e.vaghefi@auckland.ac.nz

Find out more about working with our leading academic researchers on potential thesis topics at FindaThesis.  

Academic Advisers

Clinical Masters (MHSc)

Dr John Phillips
Senior Lecturer, Acting Head of School Semester 2 2018
Email: j.phillips@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6073

Research Masters (MSc) / PhD

Dr Monica Acosta
Senior Lecturer
Email: m.acosta@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6069

Help and Advice

For further information, refer to the Optometry and Vision Science Handbook or visit the Student Centre at 85 Park Road, Grafton.