UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Postgraduate research degrees

Be at the cutting edge of ophthalmic and bioscience research led by world-renowned experts. Our main areas of focus are ageing and disease, repair and regeneration and new ways to assess vision.

As a postgraduate student, you will be supervised by internationally renowned experts in their field with access to state-of-the-art laboratories.

Plus our close contact with clinicians in Moorfields Eye Hospital allows for rapid translation of basic research to address clinically relevant eye diseases and disorders.

Funded studentships

Santen SenSyT PhD Studentship

PhD Title: Elucidating novel genetic origins and molecular mechanisms underlying inherited corneal disease

Principal Supervisor: Prof Mariya Moosajee

Application deadline: 3 September 2022 at 11:59pm 

More project and application details can be found on this page.


Three Year Moorfields Eye Charity PhD Studentship

PhD Title: Defining the RP2 retinal disease pathway for the development of potential therapeutic approaches 

Principal Supervisor: Professor Alison Hardcastle 

Application deadline: 1 September 2022 at 11:59pm 

More project and application details can be found on this page.

PhD Studentships usually provide funding that cover UK tuition fees, student living expenses and often some research expenses. Usually they will have been awarded to specific supervisors or programmes. Any IoO studentships will be featured above, but you may also want to regularly check:

Speculative opportunities

If you cannot find a studentship in a research project that interests you or you have your own funding, the best way to find a PhD project is to approach a potential supervisor directly. If you're an exceptional student and you meet the entrance requirements please be proactive in identifying opportunities with UCL academics whose recent research closely matches your interests.

To apply for a PhD course at the Institute of Ophthalmology, please get in touch with a potential supervisor and discuss the details of your proposed project. Detailed guidance on how to contact a potential supervisor and the Project Proposal form can be found below. Once you have found a supervisor, who agrees to supervise, please fill in the application form online.

A summary of the research interests of each of our supervisors can be found on the webpage of each principal investigator.

You may also wish to:

  • Browse the UCL's online Graduate Prospectus to find centres of research in your area of interest (click through to the department or centre website to find staff profiles).
  • Search our online research repository (UCL Discovery) where UCL’s research papers are published, subject to approvals. If you identify a research paper that particularly interests you it is likely that one of the authors would be a suitable research supervisor.

If an academic is very impressed with your research experience and proposal they may be able to help you to identify sources of funding, including from their own, or departmental, research funds. They can also nominate you for UCL scholarships.

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