UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Ophthalmology MSc

The flagship Ophthalmology MSc from UCL and Moorfields is ideal for medics, GPs and optometrists and connects them to the most current clinical and research expertise. All students are given the opportunity to have an observership at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Patient undergoes exxamination using ophthalmology equipment

Led by consultants and specialists at Moorfields Eye Hospital, our flagship Ophthalmology MSc programme provides detailed study of specialist ophthalmological practice and research. The newly updated curriculum is based on research-driven innovation across ophthalmic specialities, including clinical management, translational research, digital technology and surgery.

Students will receive cohesive training that will form a solid foundation for them as they move onto specialist ophthalmological practice and research. You will learn through a combination of lectures, tutorials, case studies and peer-to-peer support, and undertake an independent project. Studying with the experts at two world-leading institutions means that you will develop your knowledge in the context of the latest advancements in the ophthalmic field.

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Your modules

Term 1

Introduction to Ophthalmology

This module introduces clinical anatomy and physiology of the eye and orbit, including basic genetics and embryology. You will have the opportunity to learn the principles and use of common imaging modalities in various sub-specialties within Ophthalmology.

Module lead

Miss Waheeda Rahman, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Adnexal and Orbital Disease 

This module provides an overview of the causes of diseases and infections affecting the ocular adnexa, including thyroid eye disease, orbital tumours, and orbital cellulitis. You will learn how to incorporate different tools in diagnosing and monitoring diseases.

Module lead

Mr Raj Das Bhaumik, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Cornea, Cataract, External Diseases and Refractive Surgery

This module provides an overview of cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Students will study the diagnosis and management of external eye diseases such as keratitis, conjunctivitis and dry eyes. You will also study the causes of cataracts, and cover the management of refractive errors, including the laser and intraocular techniques involved.

Module lead

Ms Sharmina Khan, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Term 2


In this module, students will explore the causes of glaucoma and the different techniques that can be used in diagnosing glaucoma. The module will also cover the current evidence base supporting evolving medical, laser and surgical treatments. 

Module lead

Miss Rashmi Mathew, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Neuro-ophthalmology, Strabismus and Paediatric Ophthalmology

This module provides students with a current overview of the diagnosis and management of strabismus and neuro-ophthalmological conditions, including paediatric refraction, optic neuritis, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Students will learn the different techniques used in diagnosing and monitoring these conditions, such as orthoptics.

Module lead(s)

Miss Naz Raoof, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Ms Tasanee Braithwaite, Locum Consultant Ophthalmologist (Deputy)

Medical Retina, Vitreoretinal, Systemic Diseases, Uveitis and Ocular Oncology

This module provides an overview of medical retina, uveitis, systemic diseases and vitreoretinal conditions including oncological diseases of the eye. Students will learn predisposing risk factors (e.g. genetics), relevant systemic diseases and ophthalmic management algorithms, covering both common and rare eye diseases.

Module lead(s)

Mr Omar Mahroo, Consultant Ophthalmologist

Praveen Patel, Consultant Ophthalmologist (Deputy)

Lyndon da Cruz, Consultant Ophthalmologist (Deputy)

Duncan Rogers, Senior Medical Ophthalmology Trainee (Deputy)


Term 3


The dissertation module enables students to explore and analyse an ophthalmic topic independently, developing their individual interests and engaging with current advancements in the field. You will have the opportunity to synthesise theory and practice in your chosen speciality.

Module lead

Professor Mandeep Sagoo, Consultant Ophthalmologist and Professor of Ophthalmology & Ocular Oncology

Programme Directors

Professor Mandeep Sagoo

Senior Lecturer at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon specialising in adult and paediatric eye tumours at Moorfields Eye Hospital, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and the Royal London Hospital, London UK.

Dr. Naz Raoof
Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Royal London Hospital in the United Kingdom. Her subspecialty interests are neuro-ophthalmology (both pediatric and adult), strabismus and pediatric ophthalmology.

To apply for this course and see details including tuition fees and entry requirements, visit the UCL Graduate Prospectus

General enquiries

To discuss your application, send us an email at ioo.admissions@ucl.ac.uk