Biology of Vision MSc
This MSc is aimed at students who wish to extend their knowledge and expertise in the eye as an integrated biological system. The programme provides a unique and integrated review of the physiology and biology of the eye, covering molecular and developmental cell biology, complex genetics, immunology and behavioural neuroscience.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £23,000
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise in ocular cell biology, genetics, visual neuroscience, development and immunology. On completion of the programme, students gain an enhanced knowledge and understanding of scientific communication skills, scientific design and analysis, sophisticated laboratory techniques and valuable research experience.
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.
This MSc programme draws upon the extensive basic and clinical research experience available at the Institute and at Moorfield's Eye Hospital. Students gain expertise in basic cell biology, genetics, neuroscience and physiology, specialise in the biology of the eye as an integrated biological system and conduct a six month research project within a world-class research environment.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits) and a research project (90 credits).
All MSc students undertake either a research or informatics project using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment. The project culminates in a dissertation of 15,000–18,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, problem classes, journal clubs, self-directed studies and laboratory practical courses. Assessment is through long essays, coursework, laboratory practicals, oral examination and the research dissertation.
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Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Applicants must have a minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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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?
The programme is suitable for students with either a science, biomedical or medical degree who wish to specialise in the eye as an integrated biological system. Students undertake a substantial research project making this MSc an excellent preparation for anyone wishing to embark on a career in vision research.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Biology of Vision at graduate level
- why you want to study Biology of Vision at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
This programme provides excellent preparation for a PhD or a successful research career in academia or for positions in the public or commercial sectors. Previous students have also successfully obtained Specialist Trainee positions in Ophthalmology at hospitals across the country.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Mid Yorkshire Hospital, Ophthalmology Doctor, 2011
- University College Hospital, Doctor, 2011
- Western Infirmary, F1 Doctor, 2011
- Institute of Ophthalmology, Research Assistant, 2011
- North Middlesex Hospital, Retina Screener, 2011
The programme aims to train first-class basic and clinical scientists in the field of ophthalmology.
"In London, and at UCL in particular, I am surrounded by excellent colleagues who have helped me to shape my research in numerous ways. At least half of the techniques we use today in the laboratory were unknown to me until I joined UCL and started collaborating with colleagues."
Professor Matteo Carandini
Professor of Visual Neuroscience
"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