UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Summer School 2019

Spend a summer working alongside world-leading scientists and clinicians at the Institute of Ophthalmology and make connections for a future career in research.

UCL researcher in lab in Institute of Ophthalmology
This is an exciting opportunity to experience what it’s like to conduct medical research at the highest levels while still an undergraduate. 

Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll be engaged in a variety of cutting-edge research projects in bioscience, stem cell research, immunology, regenerative medicine, epidemiology, genetics, neuroscience, imaging, ophthalmology and data science.

You’ll also get to develop your own research project or paper.

You’ll need to be able to keep up. The Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields are two of the most prestigious eye and vision health institutions in the world and the academic standard is high.

Preparing you for a career in research

The first thing you’ll do here is complete an intensive week’s training in basic research skills. You’ll go on to learn more about the fundamentals of good research through a combination of seminars and practical hands-on work.

You’ll be closely supervised by one of our experts. You’ll also have the full extent of our facilities at your disposal. They include one of the largest ophthalmic libraries in the world.

To see our list of projects, please see our full list of research projects.

Key benefits

  • Work alongside world-leading scientists and eye clinicians
  • Learn what’s involved in trying to solve some of the most pressing health issues of our time
  • Interact with leaders in bioscience, stem cell research, immunology, regenerative medicine and other key research areas
  • Experience what it’s like to do a masters or PhD at UCL
  • Make invaluable connections with people who could help you with your future career
  • Spend a summer in the heart of London - one of the most exciting cities in the world

Need to know

Who can apply


  • be an undergraduate in your second or third year
  • be on target to get a 2:1 (or equivalent)
  • have a passion for research and be thinking about doing a master’s or PhD in biosciences, vision science or ophthalmology
  • have a good grasp of spoken and written English

Course dates

Between 1 July and 19 August 2019. You can opt for the full eight weeks or choose to do fewer. The minimum course length is three weeks.

Course fees

£500 each week.

When to apply

Applications close on 1 May 2019.


We’ll issue you with a certificate of programme completion from UCL at the end of the course, but there’s no official qualification. Instead, you’ll get the wealth of experience and the connections that come from working at two of the most prestigious eye and vision health institutions in the world. 

How to apply

To apply you’ll need to send us:

  • a transcript
  • a cover letter explaining why you want to do the course and how many weeks you want to do
  • two letters of recommendation, including one from somebody who can comment specifically about your research experience
  • a statement of research and interest of study

Please download the application form and send all materials to Tom Browne at thomas.browne@ucl.ac.uk

For questions about the programme or group enquiries, please contact Professor Nora Ann Colton, Director of Education at n.colton@ucl.ac.uk

All applications are due by May 1st at 12 midnight. Applicants are notified by 15 May 2019 at the latest, of their admissions status.