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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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,835 (FT)
Overseas:
£23,690 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015

Entry Requirements

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.

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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Degree Information

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Ocular Cell Biology
  • Genetics and Epidemiology of Ocular Disease
  • Ocular Immunology
  • Ocular Development in Health and Disease

Options

  • Either Advanced Visual Neuroscience (30 credits)
  • Or Microvascular Biology (15 credits) and Visual Neuroscience (15 credits)

Dissertation/report

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.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Biology of Vision MSc

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

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 degree

  • Ophthalmology Doctor, Mid Yorkshire Hospital (2011)
  • Doctor, University College Hospital (2011)
  • F1 Doctor, Western Infirmary (2011)
  • Research Assistant, Institute of Ophthalmology (2011)
  • Retina Screener, North Middlesex Hospital (2011)

Employability

The programme aims to train first-class basic and clinical scientists in the field of ophthalmology.

Why 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.

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

Department: Institute of Ophthalmology

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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

Subject: I contribute to programmes such as Neuroscience MSc, Biology of Vision MSc and Brain and Mind Sciences MSc. I also contribute to PhD programmes such as the one offered by CoMPLEX, and in Neuroscience.
Student review

"The programme at UCL is unique and exactly what I wanted to study. I could not miss out on the opportunity to carry out some research at the Institute of Ophthalmology."

Faye Horner

Subject: Biology of Vision MSc

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?

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-31

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 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
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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