UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Why study with us?

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology offers a research and teaching environment ranked as world-leading and is home to the largest co-located site for eye research, education and care in the world.

Academic excellence

  • The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is ranked the best place in the world to study ophthalmology (CWUR Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • In biomedical and health sciences, UCL is 1st in Europe for papers in the top 5% of their field by citation rate (2017-2020, CWTS Leiden Ranking 2022)
  • UCL is named University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
  • UCL hosts more UKRI Future Leader Fellowships than any other UK university, with three academics at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology receiving the prestigious fellowships over the last three years

World-leading facilities and partnerships 

  • Our longstanding partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital represents the largest co-located site for eye research, education and care in the world
  • As a student you will have access to innovative facilities, connection to a growing network of peers, and support from highly experienced and professional tutors
  • Project Oriel will integrate Moorfields Eye Hospital’s main City Road hospital site and the Institute of Ophthalmology in a new purpose-built environment on the St Pancras Hospital site in Camden, bringing together clinical care, research and education
  • Through our partnerships, we offer strong engagement with industry (e.g. GSK, Roche, Pfizer and Santen), successful spin-outs and spin-in initiatives and powerful collaborations with centres in the US and across Europe
  • We have a number of important global collaborations, including with the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) and Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) and the International Centre for Translational Eye Research (ICTER) in Poland


Portrait of student researcher

Postgraduate taught degrees

Aimed at medics, science graduates, and allied healthcare professionals, our postgraduate degrees will advance your knowledge of ophthalmology or prepare you for clinical training.

ucl 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.

ucl summer school

Summer schools

Experience what it’s like to work at the highest level in eye care. Over several weeks each summer, you can choose to study different aspects of the work we do, in partnership with Moorfields Eye Hospital.

Students at the IoO

Virtual and short courses

Whether you want to polish your microsurgical skills, learn more about retinal disease or brush up on FRCO exam topics, our short courses will help you boost your career.