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Biology of Vision MSc

This programme focuses on the understanding of binocular vision, visual function, ocular movement, pathophysiology of congenital and acquired eye movement disorders and vision loss in adults and children. The course combines lecture based knowledge with direct exposure to clinical practice in the orthoptic clinics at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2017

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year

Tuition fees (2017/18)


Application dates

All applicants
Close: 28 July 2017

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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:

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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Degree information

The course will provide in depth knowledge of the theory and practical skills of orthoptics, including vision and ocular movement testing. The programme will be delivered by high-level, experienced clinicians and researchers. The course will include disease pathology, the assessment of patients and the different disease modalities available, as well as treatment limitations and side-effects. Students will also have the unique opportunity to directly observe the implementation of clinical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting vision and eye movement.

The programme will develop the skills required to assess scientific literature and to formulate an opinion on the efficacy of novel treatment strategies and their place within existing treatment algorithms.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Adult Strabismus
  • Paediatric Strabismus
  • Vision testing
  • Amblyopia
  • Research Methods & Healthcare
  • Healthcare Quality & Evidence-Based Practice
  • Using information in Healthcare Management
  • Patient Safety & Clinical Risk

Optional modules


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, problem based learning, clinical workshops and clinical practice observation. Assessment is through written exams, problem based learning and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Advanced Binocular Vision and Eye Movement MSc


The Institute of Ophthalmology currently offers the following bursaries for successful applicants on our postgraduate taught master’s degrees: One £5,000 Duke Elder bursaries for non-clinical courses (available for successful applicants on the Biology of Vision, Applied Immunobiology, Applied and Regenerative Neuroscience, and Vision Research degrees). These bursaries are open to home and overseas students and will be received in the form of a fee reduction only.

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


This course will provide students with the opportunity to specialise in paediatric and adult vision, as well as the practical skills to advance their orthoptic or ophthalmic career. The unique exposure to high level clinicians and instructors will provide them with the basis for further clinical advancement.


 Following completion of this course students will be in a position to lead binocular vision and eye movement disorder services as well as the tools to manage them both clinically and administratively. 

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital are recognised globally and have an outstanding track record in basic biomedical research, much of which has been translated into important advances in novel innovative therapies.

Students will have direct access to these advanced facilities, experiencing ophthalmic practice together with high-level, experienced clinicians as part of the Moorfields Eye Hospital clinics.

The course will also provide unique opportunities to interact with leading clinicians from Moorfields Eye Hospital as well as from other leading institutions. 

Department: Institute of Ophthalmology

Student / staff numbers › 255 staff including 92 postdocs › 73 taught students › 100 research students

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Ophthalmology

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

Application and next steps


Who can apply?

This course is aimed at clinic staff with at least a basic knowledge in orthoptics, who are interested in acquiring an in-depth practical understanding of vision and eye movement disorders.

Application deadlines

All applicants
28 July 2017

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Advanced Binocular Vision and Eye Movement at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced Binocular Vision and Eye Movement 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

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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