Vision Research MRes
This exciting new programme is based at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, which is world renowned for the translation of basic biomedical research into new therapeutic advances in eye disease. Students will be fully embedded in the research environment and have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project and to work alongside world-leading experts.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,750
- Overseas Full-time: £23,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Students will develop key transferable personal and professional skills to independently conduct an extended empirical research project supervised by world-leading experts in the field of vision research. Students will also learn about the fundamental biology of the eye in health and disease, providing key knowledge to support their research project.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is recognised globally for its outstanding record in basic biomedical research, much of which has been translated into important advances in novel and innovative therapies.
The Vision Research MRes is a unique programme that will incorporate existing high-quality research-informed teaching at the institute with a substantial empirical research project.
The opportunity to participate fully in academic life as part of a research team will provide networking opportunities across the spectrum of biomedical research taking place at the institute, UCL and elsewhere, thereby increasing exposure to further opportunities in research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (120 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 18,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, journal clubs and workshops. Assessment is through essays, oral presentations, problem-based tasks and a research dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
A first or upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in either medical, biomedical, biological or life sciences, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with other science degrees or appropriate professional qualifications and/or work experience will also be considered on an individual basis. Overseas students will have to provide evidence of their proficiency in the English language.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
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 best suited for those aiming to undertake a research degree at PhD level with the ambition of developing a competitive research career in academia, industry or business.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Vision Research at graduate level
- why you want to study Vision Research 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
The Vision Research MRes will develop the necessary competitive skills to pursue a research degree at PhD level in the field of biomedical sciences. Graduates will offer prospective employers skills in research development and practice, suitable for further research careers in academia, industry or business.
A unique feature of the Vision Research MRes is the delivery of key elements that are essential for the development of an internationally competitive career in biomedical research. The research expertise at the institute will be fully harnessed to prepare students for a new era in research in the global employment market. Students will develop critical understanding of a wide range of research-related knowledge and skills, including quantitative and qualitative tools for the implementation, management and dissemination of research. The programme will therefore empower students with both the fundamental knowledge and skills base to address complex issues of global significance in health and wellbeing.
Dr Jacqueline van der Spuy
T: +44 (0)20 7608 6968
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"Participating in some observership clinics with my supervisor was extremely helpful for me, and writing the dissertation with all the new things I learned from this experience. Ophthalmology is one of the fastest evolving medical specialties, and dealing with vision was always my dream."
Degree: Clinical Ophthalmology MSc
"A particularly valuable aspect of my degree is that I am part of UCL’s vast neuroscience community. This provides great networking opportunities and gives me the chance to learn from world-leading academics and experts in my field."
Degree: Visual Neuroscience PhD