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Clinical Ophthalmic Practice MSc | PGDip | PGCert

This programme will allow students to develop an advanced knowledge of eye diseases and treatments through the groundbreaking research underpinning clinical practice. It is delivered by ophthalmologists, researchers and nurses who are at the forefront of ophthalmic research at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital Trust.

The Clinical Ophthalmic Practice programme has been designed with you as a working professional in mind, you can study when it is convenient as 75% of the course is delivered online with the remaining 25% of the course being delivered face-to-face. In a typical week, you will be expected to engage in online learning and participate in the group activities, develop clinical skills, carry out personal reading and research, which accounts to approximately 12-40 hours a week, depending on your mode of attendance. You will have access to classroom teaching and virtual learning, both individualy as well as through collaborative and cooperative learning approaches, to help you acquire the academic knowledge and skills required for evidence-based practice.

As a graduate of this programme you will have enhanced your employment prospects with employers both in the UK and overseas, as you will have broadened your ophthalmic knowledge and skills and will have a foundation in research. 

Programme Pathways

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Postgraduate Certificate

The PGCert Clinical Ophthalmic Programme offers you the specialist clinical competencies and underpinning theoretical biomedical science to gain in-depth knowledge of visual function and ocular pathology and ocular therapies. You will learn research concepts which will enable you to critically appraise literature, undertake a research proposal and and utilise research knowledge to inform evidence based practice and service improvement initiative.    

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Postgraduate Diploma

The PGDip Clinical Ophthalmic Practice programme offers both theoretical and specialist clinical knowledge. It is designed for nurses who have done the PGCert Clinical Ophthalmic Nursing Practice programme or alternative recognised accredited ophthalmic course at Level 6 or 7. Candidates with a Level 6 Ophthalmic nursing qualification or level 7 qualification from institutions other than UCL will require accreditation of prior learning (APL)

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Masters Programme

The MSc Clinical Ophthalmic Practice programme offers advanced clinical and theoretical knowledge and practice in ophthalmic services and care for those who have access to practice in an ophthalmic clinical setting. Delivery is through a blended learning approach with a combination of contact face to face classroom teaching, collaborative and co-operative learning activities, virtual classrooms, self-directed learning and practical clinical skills.

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Modules

PGCert Modules

All 4 modules in this programme are compulsory and there are no optional modules. 
•    OPHT0019 Anatomy and physiology (15 credits)
•    OPHT0020 Research and statistics (15 credits)
•    OPHT0021 Ophthalmic clinical case studies (15 credits)
•    OPHT0022 Clinical care in practice (15 credits)

PGDip Modules

Compulsory Modules
•    OPHT0019 Anatomy and physiology (15 credits)
•    OPHT0020 Research and statistics (15 credits)
•    OPHT0021 Ophthalmic clinical case studies (15 credits)
•    OPHT0022 Clinical care in practice (15 credits)
•    OPHT0032 Physical assessment of the ophthalmic patient (30 credits)

Optional Modules
•   OPHT0036 Glaucoma (15 credits)
•   OPHT0038 Medical retina, vitreoretinal, systemic disease, uveitis and ocular oncology (30 credits)
•   OPHT0067 Ophthalmic Accident and Emergency Practice (15 Credits)
•   OPTH0068 Ophthalmic Theatres Practice (15 credits
 

MSc Modules

Compulsory Modules
•    OPHT0019 Anatomy and physiology (15 credits)
•    OPHT0020 Research and statistics (15 credits)
•    OPHT0021 Ophthalmic clinical case studies (15 credits)
•    OPHT0022 Clinical care in practice (15 credits     
•    OPHT0032 Physical assessment of the ophthalmic patient (30 credits)
•    OPHT0039 Dissertation module (60 credits)

Optional Modules
•    OPHT0036 Glaucoma (15 credits)
•    OPHT0038 Medical retina, vitreoretinal, systemic disease, uveitis and ocular oncology (30 credits)
•    OPHT0067 Ophthalmic Accident and Emergency Practice (15 Credits)
•    OPTH0068 Ophthalmic Theatres Practice (15 credits
 

What we are looking for

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical Ophthalmic Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Clinical Ophthalmic Practice at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme 

Entry Requirements 

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Candidates will need to have a professional healthcare qualification (in nursing or an allied healthcare profession) and are required to have at least one year’s ophthalmic experience and must currently be working in the field of ophthalmology.

 

Tuition Fees

If you have any queries, please contact ioo.admissions@ucl.ac.uk