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Ophthalmology MD(Res)

The Institute of Ophthalmology is a vibrant learning environment in which to carry out postgraduate research. Postgraduate students are supervised by internationally renowned experts with access to state-of-the-art laboratories. In addition, our close contact with clinicians in Moorfields Eye Hospital allows for rapid translation of basic research to address clinically relevant eye diseases and disorders.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

Entry Requirements

MD(Res): candidates must have a clinical orientation and must a) have obtained the MBBS degree of the University of London; or some other registerable primary qualification in Medicine, and b) be eligible for full registration, or hold limited registration, with the UK General Medical Council.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Overview

Research at the Institute of Ophthalmology usually consists of practical laboratory studies, although some topics can involve theoretical study using computer technology, field work, clinical observations or epidemiological and biostatistical techniques.

Research areas

  • Cell science: angiogenesis; membrane trafficking; annexin biology; tight junction biology; cytoskeleton; cell signalling; leukocyte trafficking; chaperones; neurodegeneration; control of wound healing
  • Genetics and gene therapy: single gene and complex genetics of eye disease; genetic epidemiology; gene therapy for eye disease from experimental models to clinical trials
  • Multi-disciplinary studies of disease: age-related macular degeneration; glaucoma; diabetes; retinitis pigmentosa; ocular scarring; neurodegeneration
  • Ocular immunology and allergy: applied ocular immunology; understanding basic mechanisms causing disease to identify novel therapeutic approaches; determining to what extent T-cells, eosinophils and mast cells damage the cornea and conjunctiva in allergic eye disease
  • Regenerative medicine: stem cell therapy for eye disease; transplantation strategies (corneal and retinal disease); optic nerve regeneration
  • Visual neuroscience: neurophysiology of central visual processing; imaging of retina and CNS; neuronal plasticity; evolutionary paradigms of vision; visual pigments.

Funding

Several studentships are normally available each year.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Recent graduates have taken up a number of academic posts at UK universities including UCL and Oxford. Others have pursued careers in industry or continued with clinical or other medically related careers.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, UCL (2011)
  • Ophthalmologist, NHS Moorfields Eye Hospital (2012)
  • NIHR Clinical Lecturer, UCL Cancer Institute (2012)
  • Associate Professor and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, University of Western Australia (2011)
  • Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, University of Cambridge (2011)

Employability

Postgraduate students are supervised by internationally renowned experts in their field with access to state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. In addition, our close partnership with clinicians in Moorfields Eye Hospital, who also contribute to our teaching, allows for rapid translation of basic research to address clinically relevant eye diseases and disorders.

Networking

Students are encouraged to attend diverse weekly seminars where they have the opportunity to meet with external speakers. PhD students also have the opportunity to attend overseas and national conferences where they are encouraged to present posters and network with key researchers in their field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is the oldest and largest centre for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in Europe. The institute has been awarded the highest possible rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) during the last three Research Assessment Exercises (5**) and has received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for its achievements. As well as world-class research, we are involved in graduate training of research students and UCL undergraduate and taught graduate teaching, because future research is critical to our goal of improving sight.

Student / staff ratios › 77 staff › 57 taught students › 112 research students

Department: Institute of Ophthalmology

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

Application deadlines

Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.

For more information see our Applications page.

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