UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Postgraduate courses

Get an edge over the competition. Studying at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields gives you the best start, whether you’re considering a career as an ophthalmologist or you’re a scientist planning to work in research, industry or clinical practice.

Our innovative degree programmes are designed by experienced clinicians, researchers and product developers, making them directly applicable to whichever path you choose.

And because we run many of our courses with Moorfields Eye Hospital, we’re able to offer you a blend of learning styles and real-world clinical experience, delivered by world-class leaders in their field.


Postgraduate Taught Courses

Patient exam at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology MSc

The new flagship MSc in Ophthalmology provides a pathway into specialist ophthalmological practice and research. The new curriculum is based on research-driven innovation across sectors, including clinical management, translational research, digital technology, and the latest techniques in surgery.

Aimed at: medics, GPs, science graduates, experienced optometrists and other allied health professionals
Study mode: full time
Duration: 1 year

Imaging work at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Science MSc

This gives you an in-depth knowledge of the physiology and biology of the eye and is excellent preparation for a PhD or a career in research or industry. You’ll learn about complex genetics, immunology, stem cell regeneration and behavioural neuroscience, and hone skills in analysis, lab techniques and research.

Aimed at: science and medic graduates
Study mode: full time
Duration: 1 year

clinical ophthalmic practice

Clinical Ophthalmic Practice (for nurses) MSc

This course will give you a more detailed knowledge of the research behind the eye conditions you see in clinic every day. It’s an opportunity to learn about why conditions are assessed, diagnosed and treated in a particular way, so that you can hone your own practical skills and offer patients a better standard of care.

Aimed at: nurses and allied health professionals working in ophthalmology
Study mode: full time, part time and flexible with blended learning (online and face-to-face)
Duration: 1 to 5 years, depending on study mode

Advanced Optometry and Ophthalmology

Advanced Optometry and Ophthalmology MSc

This course will appeal to optometrists and health professionals who want to venture further into the field of ophthalmology. You’ll have the amazing opportunity to observe glaucoma clinics at London’s prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital. There are occasional practical days delivered in blocks, though most of the course can be done online.

Aimed at: optometrists and ophthalmic allied professionals (eg nurses)
Study mode: full time, part time and flexible
Duration: 1 to 5 years, depending on study mode

Computer imaging at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Sensory Systems, Technologies and Therapies MRes

Conceived by cutting edge research scientists and representatives from industry, this innovative course will make you a stand-out candidate for either PhD research or a job in the sensory systems commercial sector. You’ll embark on a year-long research project and learn how to develop novel technologies for sensory disorders.

Aimed at: medics and science graduates
Study mode: full time
Duration: 1 year