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Mrs Anne Snowling

Email: msc.ioo@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7608 6878

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£ (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£ (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Ophthalmology: Cataract and Refractive Surgery MSc

Ophthalmology is becoming increasingly specialist in nature, and evidence of appropriate knowledge and skills within each subspecialty is therefore of great value. The Ophthalmology MSc: Cataract and Refractive Surgery pathway at UCL offers students the opportunity to acquire practical skills and advanced knowledge in this expanding subspecialist area.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students gain a comprehensive theoretical and practical training in cataract and refractive surgery. This includes disease pathology, the assessment of patients and the different disease modalities available, together with their limitations and side-effects. They gain the skills required to analyse scientific literature and the efficacy of novel treatment strategies.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is one of the premier centres in the world for the study of vision and the mechanisms, diagnosis and therapy of eye disease. We embrace fundamental research, through the entire spectrum of translational medicine to clinical trials.

Close links with laboratories in Europe and North America and growing commercial partnerships enrich the opportunities for learning and provide networks for future career development.

This MSc offers students the opportunity to gain subspecialist knowledge. It will be of particular benefit to overseas ophthalmologists who do not have the opportunity to access subspecialty teaching within their own system.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years (flexible 2-5 years)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, full-time six months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Basic Clinical and Research skills
  • Patient Assessment for Cataract Surgery
  • Cataract Surgery
  • Complications of Cataract Surgery
  • Optics and Refraction
  • Patient Assessment For Refractive Surgery
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Complications of Refractive Surgery


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, presentations, clinical demonstrations, practical and patient sessions and workshops. Assessment is through MCQ examination, case-based assessments, short-answer papers, seminar presentations, essays, observation work and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in optometry, orthoptics or a medical discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

Aimed at ophthalmologists approaching the end of their training and looking to demonstrate their subspecialty expertise, this programme is particularly suitable for overseas trainees, but will also appeal to UK doctors who are not in a recognised training programme and wish to acquire knowledge and practical skills in this field.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Ophthalmology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Ophthalmology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


This specialism is likely to be of increasing value to ophthalmologist trainees with the expansion of cataract and refractive surgery within the UK and overseas.

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