UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Telemedicine for Ophthalmology - PGCert

Telemedicine uses information and communication technology to deliver healthcare services remotely. It is a priority area for the international healthcare sector and is attracting global investment. This programme allows students to engage with cutting edge clinical knowledge taught by leading experts using the most advanced technology in the field.

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Telemedicine for Ophthalmology PGCert is aimed at ophthalmic professionals (medical and non-medical) who want to advance their knowledge and skills in order to address the rapid changes in healthcare towards digital health and telemedicine. Students will be introduced to health informatics in the context of eHealth and telemedicine systems, supported by specialist modules in diagnostic imaging for ocular diseases. Our researchers have pioneered AI breakthroughs developed with Moorfields Eye Hospital and Deepmind, stem cell-based discoveries for regenerative treatments and neuroscience innovations through Cortex Lab. Many of the scientific breakthroughs and inventions of academics at the Institute of Ophthalmology go on to be spinoff companies through UCL 

The main aim of the programme is to give working medical and non-medical ophthalmic professionals specialised knowledge that will enable them to design and evaluate telemedicine and eHealth technologies for ophthalmic patients. It will also prepare them for taking on expanded roles in this growing digital health economy.


Mode of learning

Learning for this programme will be completely virtual. There will be an option to participate in a one week of residential teaching. The face-to-face days will be used for practical based skills as well as instructor and peer interaction which will all be fed into the virtual teaching. Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.


Successful completion of this programme will allow students to pursue careers in ocular diagnostic imaging for medical and non-medical health professionals already working in eye care and develop advanced digital literacy knowledge and skills. This PG certificate will also form a sound foundation in diagnostic imaging if you want to proceed to a related master’s degree or PhD.

Programme Structure

There are 4 compulsory modules designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of diagnostic imaging in ophthalmology along with a strategic overview of telemedicine and digital health. Courses are spread across the academic year with 2 courses per term over 10-weeks. 
Successful completion of these modules leads to a UCL postgraduate certificate.


There are four compulsory modules spread across the academic year with 2 modules per term over 10-weeks.

  1. Telemedicine and AI
  2. Digital Health
  3. Diagnostic Imagining (Retina)
  4. Diagnostic Imagining (Glaucoma)

Entry Criteria

You will need a UK degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in an allied health area such as ophthalmology, optometry or nursing (2.1 or above), plus relevant work experience. We may also consider applicants with alternative qualifications, or equivalent professional experience; please contact us to check before you apply.
Appropriate professional qualifications and clinical work experience ideally in an ophthalmic setting for at least two years is required.

What we are looking for

When we assess your application, we would also like to learn from your personal statement:
●    Why you want to study telemedicine at graduate level
●    Why you want to study at UCL IOO/ Moorfields Eye Hospital
●    What particularly attracts you to this programme of study
●    Where you would like to go professionally through and after this programme of study

Programme Directors

Dawn Sim
Dawn is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon and Director of Telemedicine at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Her primary areas of research interests include retinal imaging, teleophthalmology and Digital Health applications in eye care.  Dawn is a winner of the Telehealth Business Award 2019, Moorfields Eye Charity Innovation Award 2018 for her work in the field of teleophthalmology and was voted in the past 3 years on the Ophthalmologist magazine power list as one of the top 50 ophthalmologists globally.

Pearse Keane
Pearse is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital and an associate professor at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. In 2016, He initiated a formal collaboration between Moorfields Eye Hospital and Google DeepMind, with the aim of developing artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for the early detection and treatment of retinal diseases. In August 2018, the first results of this collaboration were published in the journal; Nature Medicine. In October 2019, He was included on the Evening Standard Progress1000 list of most influential Londoners.

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Further information

Start date:
September 2021

10 months part time

Please note, you will have the option to complete your assesment either online or face to face 

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