UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Clinical Ophthalmic Practice PG Cert

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 IoO 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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PG Cert 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)

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

To learn more about the fees for the Clinical Ophthalmic Practice PG Cert course, please visit the Graduate Prospectus page.

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