Q. What are the course fees for 2015-16?

UK/EU 2015/15: £11,950 (FT)
Overseas 2013/14: £23,690 (FT)
Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

Fees for part time study are charged per module taken. The exact charge is quoted by the UCL Fees Office on an individual basis following module registration.

Q. When is the deadline for applications?

A. 7 July 2015 

The general deadline for overseas applicants has passed BUT if an applicant's country can provide a visa in good time for the start of term then a late application might be considered. As term starts in August this does not give much time.

Q. Can I do this course full-time over 1 year?

A. At the moment this is possible, since we are running all modules for the course during the 2015/16 academic year. 

Q. I do not have any ophthalmology experience, can I join the course?

A. The course is suitable for those who have experience in ophthalmic care. It may be difficult for those who have little or no experience in ophthalmology. Furthermore, it is a requirement for the course that students have their practical competencies signed off by an Ophthalmic Professional, which requires supervision. This requirement forms up to 33% of the total structure for all three awards of the programme (MSc / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate). However, UK/EU students who can study the course part time may defer the award of the programme, if they are not in a position to have the competencies signed off initially.

Q. The course details state that I require an Academic supervisor in my base hospital post to sign of the practical skills and competencies component of the course. What does this involve?

A. This course is designed to be studied as part of an ophthalmic training programme and one component of the course requires the completion a list of specific skills and competencies whilst at the students’ base training hospital. The course involves attendance at lectures and seminars here at the Institute but also home study and the completion of certain practical skills. UK students study it as part of their ST1 & 2 training and the onsite lectures compliment the practical training undertaken in their base hospitals. Overseas students are able to take the course but they must have a supervisor in their base hospital post who is willing to oversee the completion of the ST1 & 2 skills and competencies and then sign these off. The MSc is not awarded until this list has been returned to us.  If you do not have a suitable clinical post in which to complete the required competencies during the 1 year of the MSc programme then you must be able to demonstrate that you have already attained the equivalent skills level of a UK ST1 & 2 Ophthalmology trainee before you can be offered a place on the course.

Q. I am an Optometrist/Orthoptist, am I required to complete these clinical skills and competencies?

A. No. Optometrists and Orthoptists are not expected to complete the same clinical skills as the ophthalmologists. They are, however, required to provide a letter from a supervisor in their field confirming that they have reached the level of a year 1 trainee, optometrist/orthoptist.

Q. I am an ophthalmic professional from overseas and would like to increase my experience. Is this course suitable for me?

A. If you wish to work towards the FRCOphth then this course would be beneficial. We do not guarantee any arrangements for you to participate in local eye clinics, but you may wish to apply for clinical observerships / honorary contracts while you are in the UK.

Q. What’s the difference between the Masters / Postgraduate Diploma / Postgraduate Certificate?

A. The Masters programme requires the most time commitment (8 modules and dissertation), whereas the Postgraduate diploma requires less (8 modules only). The Postgraduate Certificate can be completed in 1 year (4 modules).

Q. I want to start with the less demanding format of the programme (eg Postgraduate Certificate). Can I upgrade to the Masters later?

Yes, as long as you have not already asked to be awarded the relevant qualification and you request the upgrade promptly, you can continue studying for a Masters. An extra fee will be applicable.

Q. What assessments are involved in the course?

A. There will be a mixture of formative assessments (eg MCQ exams) and summative assessments (eg Problem-based learning). The former count towards your final mark, the latter is used to  enhance your clinical knowledge. Your PBL answers must be completed and submitted by the deadline and they are marked with a simple pass/fail mark.