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Ophthalmology MPhil/PhD

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: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 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

MPhil/PhD: candidates normally require a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university (or its overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject.

English language requirement: Standard

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.

International equivalencies

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

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Funding

Several studentships are normally available each year.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • UCL, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, 2011,
  • King's College London, Cell Researcher, 2011,
  • Hammersmith Medicine Research, Clinical Project Manager, 2011,
  • University of Western Australia, Associate Professor and Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, 2011,
  • University of Cambridge, Clinical Lecturer in Public Health, 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.

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

Degree reviews

Student review

"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."

Seetal Chavda

Subject: Visual Neuroscience PhD

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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