Clinical Ophthalmic Practice PG Cert


This new Postgraduate Certificate is the first blended learning postgraduate programme in the UK to be designed for nurses and allied health professionals working in the specialised field of Ophthalmology. Developed by two global centres of expertise, education and research, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL, this collaboration ensures that students have access to experts in their fields.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £3,050
  • UK/EU Part-time: £1,500
  • Overseas Full-time: £7,200
  • Overseas Part-time: £3,600

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

The emphasis of the programme will be on relating empirical knowledge to clinical practice and care, whilst developing more analytical and research-based skills. The inclusion of a work-based module, relating clinical care to practice, ensures that the knowledge base is related to experience of clinical conditions in the workplace and that graduates will be able to deliver first-class patient care.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This programme aims to bridge the gap between theory and practical skills for those working in ophthalmic practice. It provides an opportunity for UK and EU nurses and professionals allied to medicine, who are working in ophthalmic care, to enhance their understanding of the knowledge base and empirical research that underpins clinical conditions and develop practical skills within their own clinical area.

Students will have access to the foremost ophthalmic library in Europe, both in person and remotely. There will be networking opportunities for online group discussions and web-based discussion forums around the modules being taken.


Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (15 credits each) delivered predominantly via distance learning, with only seven attendance study days.

Core Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Case Studies Relating to Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Introduction to Research and Statistics
  • Work-based Clinical Skills

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion forums and online learning. Personal Tutors will support your learning. Assessment is through both formative and summative assessment via coursework, workbooks, online multiple choice questions, short answer papers and a final viva examination.

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Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.


Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates will need to have a professional healthcare qualification (in nursing or an allied healthcare profession). Students are also required to have at least one year’s ophthalmic experience and to be currently working in the field of ophthalmology.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

This programme is suitable for nurses or allied healthcare professionals working in the field of ophthalmology.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical Ophthalmic Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Clinical Ophthalmic Practice at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.


Career

Students will be able to apply for positions in ophthalmology and will be eligible for further postgraduate study at UCL.

Employability

Graduates of this programme will have enhanced their employment prospects with employers both in the UK and overseas, as they will have broadened their ophthalmic knowledge and skills and have a foundation in research. These skills will be transferable within all areas of ophthalmic practice.


Next steps

Contact

Ms Helen Gibbons

T: +44 (0)20 7566 2273

Department

Institute of Ophthalmology

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