UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Why study at IoO?

Find out why UCL is the best place in the world to study ophthalmology.*

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This was a great course which provided me a deep knowledge of basic science in ophthalmology. I got a lot out of this course - such as a poster and journal publication. It improved my academic and research skills, like critical appraisal of journal articles and lab techniques."

Morteza Afrasiabi (MSc Biology of Vision graduate – 2013/14 class)

Learn from the experts

We believe that by learning from the best, you stand the best chance of going on to become future leaders in the field of vision research.

Thanks to our partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital, you can learn from the clinical experts, study rare conditions and diseases, and observe pioneering treatments and trials that have an immediate impact on patients’ lives.  

Your future

Studying with us will allow you to discover new specialisms, themes and passions that can take you where you want to be, wherever you are in your education or career.

100% of our students have gone on to further study or graduate-level employment within 6 months of graduating. Our graduates include doctors, ophthalmic opticians, consultants and research scientists who now work for top national and international hospitals and research institutions.

The London advantage 

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is located next door to Moorfields Eye Hospital. Our Old Street location gives students access to the vibrant Clerkenwell and Shoreditch neighbourhoods.

UCL is London’s Global University – a multidisciplinary, research-intensive institution in central London, committed to solving the world’s most pressing challenges.

What can I expect?

  • As a student of the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, your programme of research will be overseen by a Principal Supervisor with collaboration from a Subsidiary Supervisor.
  • Your progress will be monitored annually by a Graduate Tutor.
  • You will be invited to join a Staff/Student Consultative Committee.
  • Regular development seminars and training sessions will be organised by the student body itself and you will be encouraged to take part.
  • You will be welcome to attend diverse weekly seminars organised by academic staff at the Institute.
  • You will have access to the UCL Graduate School's ongoing skills development programme.

Faculty of Brain Sciences

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is part of the Faculty of Brain Sciences, whose core strengths are founded on interdisciplinary research, teaching, collaborations, and partnerships. Postgraduate students have access to Faculty resources such as careers workshops and the alumni community.