Study Ophthalmology MSc at UCL
Why study the Ophthalmology MSc?
The Ophthalmology MSc provides an in-depth engagement with the study of Ophthalmology in a contemporary clinical and research focused context. It is intended to provide a comprehensive grounding in the principles, approaches and methodologies that inform current practice in the specific clinical subspecialties in this rapidly advancing area.
It is intended to provide you with a deeper theoretical and contextual knowledge to allow you to develop your clinical decision-making skills in subspecialty areas and plan coherent next steps and further specialist study, research and training in readiness for patient-facing clinical practice and research.
The relationship between the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and the world-leading Moorfields Eye Hospital as partners in delivering the programme, allows you to develop your understanding in the context of the most current research, diagnostic and treatment advancements in the ophthalmic field.
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Why study at UCL?
- You will be taught by Consultant Ophthalmologists based at Moorfields Eye Hospital, ranked as the world's best eye hospital (SCImago Institutions Rankings 2023).
- Our longstanding partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital represents the largest co-located site for eye research, education and care in the world.
- The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is ranked the best place in the world to study ophthalmology (CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017).
- UCL is ranked 8th in the world (QS 2022).
- In biomedical and health sciences, UCL is 1st in Europe for papers in the top 5% of their field by citation rate (2015-2018, CWTS Leiden Ranking 2020).
- UCL hosts more UKRI Future Leader Fellowships than any other UK university, with three academics at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology receiving the prestigious fellowships over the last three years.
- As a student you will have access to innovative facilities, connection to a growing network of peers, and support from highly experienced and professional tutors.
The Ophthalmology MSc is delivered through a modular structure, in intensive learning blocks that are focused on the core ophthalmic sub-specialties in respect of content and topics (such as Glaucoma, Cornea and external disease, Neurophthamlology, Retinal conditions etc). This allows for a connected synthesis of understanding to be developed across the programme, while ensuring that in-depth knowledge of particular aetiologies, pathologies, management and treatment of conditions in specific areas can be acquired.
Learn more about this programme below.
If you are studying via distance learning, your teaching will take place online throughout the year. To complement your studies, a two-week, in-person Enhancement Activities course is available for enrolled students for free at the end of your programme (in the summer). The Enhancement Activities will take place across Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology with opportunities for observerships, practical clinical skills workshops, and networking events. Attendance to the Enhancement Activities is not compulsory and there may be additional costs such as visas, travel and accommodation expenditure.
If you are studying in-person, your teaching will take place in the dedicated Clinical Education Suite (CES) at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology which has its own lecture theatres and classrooms. The two buildings are located next to each other and you can walk between them quickly. You will be able to access the Joint Library of Ophthalmology and the student common room - both located in the Institute of Ophthalmology building. Please note, the programme will still include self-study time even if you are studying in-person. Students on this programme can also access the main UCL Bloomsbury Campus, including the Student Centre and libraries.
Students studying via distance learning are welcome to participate or attend in-person teaching dependent on their visas.
- Application information
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Ophthalmology at graduate level
- why you want to study Ophthalmology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.
- UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital teaching staff
All module leads are Honorary lecturers at UCL and Consultant Staff at Moorfields Eye Hospital (or Consultants at other London-based Hospital Trusts).
By studying the Ophthalmology MSc programme, you will gain unprecedented access and networking opportunities with consultant ophthalmologists at one of the world's best eye hospitals.
- Your global community
When you complete your programme at UCL, you will join a global alumni community of more than 350,000 former students. Your relationship with UCL continues long after your graduation with opportunities to attend events and and access academic e-journals to support your research interests.
- Our research expertise
Hear from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology Director, Professor Andrew Dick and Deputy Institute Director/Deputy Director for Research Professor Alison Hardcastle on the ideas behind the research themes at the Institute.
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What our students say
- Elsa Lee, Ophthalmology MSc.