Research programmes

Taught programmes

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  • FT / Full-time
  • PT / Part-time (over two years)
  • FX / Flexible mode of study available (up to five years)
  • DL / Distance-learning mode available


The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology offers an outstanding, multi-disciplinary environment for education and research with considerable and exciting opportunities for graduate students. The institute is one of the foremost and most influential eye and vision research institutes in the world with a reputation for excellence in furthering understanding of the eye and visual system and its related disorders and diseases. Its scientists include world leaders and pioneers in scientific and medical research. With a strong ethos of excellence, the institute’s mission is to bring benefit globally to those with, and those at risk of, blindness and visual impairment. It has had an unparalleled impact with several world firsts in novel therapeutics for the treatment and cure of eye disease. Its strengths and uniqueness stem from a fundamental science base, the clinical and translational focus of its applied research, clinical partnerships and strategic commercial collaborations.

Taught and research programmes

Degree programme Qualifications Modes
Ophthalmology MD(Res) FT2, PT2
Ophthalmology MPhil/PhD FT3, PT5
Biology of Vision MSc FT
Clinical Ophthalmic Practice PG Cert FT, PT
Clinical Ophthalmology MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, PT, FX
Ophthalmology: Cataract and Refractive Surgery MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, PT, FX
Ophthalmology: Retina MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert FT, FX
Translational and Regenerative Neuroscience MSc FT
Translational Immunobiology MSc FT
Vision Research MRes FT

Student/staff ratios

  • 45 staff
  • 44 taught students
  • 102 research students


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Staff View

"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

Student View

"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."

Abbas Fahem

Degree: Clinical Ophthalmology MSc