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Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology MSc

This programme provides ophthalmic non-medical professionals with the opportunity to undertake advanced clinical practice training in ophthalmology through flexible study. The aim of the programme is to develop clinical practice and to contribute to the advancement of eyecare delivery in primary, secondary or tertiary care settings. UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has partnered with Moorfields Eye Hospital to provide this challenging and rewarding programme.

Covid-19 programme updates

Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Modules on this programme are typically 85% online and 15% face-to-face.

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020
Notification
Due to the large number of applications received, this programme is no longer accepting applications for 2020/21 entry. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Applications for 2021/22 entry will open later in the year.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

UK/EU:
£10,450 (FT)
£5,255 (PT)
Overseas:
£20,780 (FT)
£10,450 (PT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Accreditation:

Some modules can be taken as College of Optometrists Higher Qualifications. These can only be obtained by UK-based GOC registered optometrists. A clinical placement may be required for some levels, which you will need to arrange independently. The clinical placement for some modules are available at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Please contact module leaders for more information. 

Location: London, Old Street

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK BSc (Hons) Optometry, Orthoptics, Nursing or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with other appropriate professional qualifications and/or work experience will also be considered on an individual basis. Overseas students will have to provide evidence of their proficiency in the English language. Applicants wanting to take the contact lens modules are required to have an upper-second class UK BSc (Hons) Dispensing (for students who want to take the contact lens modules).

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

You will develop the following skills and knowledge:

  • Understand the disease process underlying common ophthalmic conditions (e.g. glaucoma and medical retina)
  • Learn how to use diagnostic criteria to formulate patient management plans
  • Develop decision-making skills underpinned by academic and clinical knowledge

Students must complete 180 credits for the MSc (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or up to 5 years on a flexible/modular basis).

 

Students must complete 120 credits for the PG Dip award (1 year full-time, 2 years part-time). You may be eligible for a Health Education England bursary.

Students must complete 60 credits for the PG Cert award (1 year part-time). This pathway will suit those who want further education on a specific topic to refresh their skills or learn something new.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

Compulsory modules for the MSc pathway only.

  • Research and Statistics - 15 credits
  • Clinical Leadership Level 1 - 15 credits
  • Dissertation - 60 credits

Optional modules

Optional modules for MSc, PGDip and PGCert pathways.

  • Glaucoma Level 1 - 15 credits
  • Glaucoma Level 2 - 15 credits
  • Glaucoma Level 3 - 30 credits
  • Medical Retina Level 1 - 15 credits
  • Medical Retina Level 2 - 15 credits
  • Medical Contact Lenses Level 1 - 30 credits
  • Medical Contact Lenses Level 2 - 30 credits
  • Cataract - 15 credits

 

Covid-19 module updates
Due to COVID-19, there may be updates to the modules for your chosen programme of study this year. Some modules may not be available or may need to be moved to a later term or year of study.  We have included these updates below:   Dissertation (OPHT0066) will be replaced with Ophthalmology Dissertation (OPHT0039). Opthalmology Dissertation modules: Glaucoma Level 1 (OPHT0044) and Medical Retina Level 1 (OPHT0048) are optional and will both run in Term 1. These updates are relevant for 2020-21 academic year only.  The full list of modules will be available in the module catalogue from late August.  From the first week of September, you will be invited to complete module selection from Portico, our student record system. There may need to be additional updates or changes to modules during the academic year to allow for new guidance from the UK Government and Public Health England. Your department shall keep you updated of these changes as they become available.  

Dissertation/report

The MSc programme will culminate in a dissertation.

Covid-19 field trip updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned field trips for this programme. This will depend on travel restrictions, social distancing measures, and the availability of the relevant venues. Your department will keep you updated if field trips are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.
Covid-19 placement updates
Due to COVID-19 updates, there may need to be changes to planned placements for this programme. This will depend on social distancing measures, the availability of the relevant placements, and the relative risk of completing the placement. Your department will keep you updated if placements are able to occur and/or any alternative options available.

Teaching and learning

Note that face-to-face components of the programme will take place in March every year, and assessments will take place in May. We advise overseas students to aim to spend the months from March to May inclusive in London.

Covid-19 contact hours on campus
In Term One, while campus will be open, all the learning activity for the core content of your modules will take place online – including lectures, tutorials, seminars and assessments. By “core content” we mean everything you need to learn to complete the module successfully. In addition to these online contact hours, we will be offering some face-to-face educational activities for students on campus, and we will provide alternative online activities for those students unable to join us on campus. These activities, which will include contact with academic staff, will be relevant to your programme of study may include seminars, academic and employability skills workshops, small-group or individual tutorials, lab and practice-based teaching. UK Government safety guidelines will limit the amount of ‘in person’ activity we can offer and while it will vary from programme to programme, is likely to be no more than 1-2 hours per week. This will vary across departments, particularly if your programme includes laboratory/practical/studio/workshop sessions. You will be updated with more specific details as they are available and your timetable will indicate which sessions will be on campus and which will be available online.
Covid-19 assessment updates
There may be changes to the format of assessments for modules in this programme due to COVID-19. These will be summarised for each module on the module catalogue from 17 August 2020.   If any changes to assessments need to be made during the academic year due to updates in government guidance, these will be communicated to you as soon as possible from your department.    
Communicating further Covid-19 mitigation plans
We are continuing to follow UK Government guidance, as well as the expertise of our researchers, including specialists in health, education, human behaviour and infection prevention, to make sure UCL is as safe as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. If it becomes necessary to make further changes to your programme as a result of new guidance/regulations, UCL and your department will communicate these as soon as this becomes clear. We will keep you up-to-date with our plans throughout term one, so you have the information you need to be able to take decisions that are right for your circumstances. Please ensure that you keep in touch with your department by regularly checking your UCL emails, Moodle courses, the Coronavirus FAQs for Students page and any UCL online groups or social media you follow.

Additional costs

Standalone credit-bearing modules
£1,000 per 15 credits (UK/EU)
£2,000 per 15 credits (Overseas)

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Funding

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Careers

Training will enable multidisciplinary ophthalmic clinicians and scientists to carry out advanced clinical practice roles in ophthalmology as well as providing the scientific knowledge required in these areas. 

Employability

The programme is designed to teach you to apply knowledge from a range of clinical subjects to extended roles in ophthalmology and advanced clinical practice in optometry and clinical leadership. Innovative and authentic learning methods help you to develop necessary skills such as clinical decision making, critical appraisal of evidence, and reflective practice.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The structure of this programme is designed to suit busy professionals through blended* learning. All modules will be carried out online and will be supplemented by face-to-face days in London. The face-to-face days involve workshops, case discussions, patient assessments and discussion of clinical "pearls" from experienced practitioners.

*blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching. It enables you to fit your study around your professional life if undertaking the programme part-time. Modules on this programme are typically 85% online and 15% face-to-face.

Accreditation:

Some modules can be taken as College of Optometrists Higher Qualifications. These can only be obtained by UK-based GOC registered optometrists. A clinical placement may be required for some levels, which you will need to arrange independently. The clinical placement for some modules are available at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Please contact module leaders for more information. 

Department: Institute of Ophthalmology

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Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

Entry requirements
A minimum of an upper second-class UK BSc (Hons) Optometry, Orthoptics, Nursing or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with other appropriate professional qualifications and/or work experience will also be considered on an individual basis. Overseas students will have to provide evidence of their proficiency in English language.

English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. The English language level for this programme is: Good

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

Any late applications will only be considered after all those received by the closing date and subject to UCL regulations.


For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

This is a very rewarding, challenging programme and preference will be given to those candidates who meet the academic criteria and those who are able to demonstrate a clear commitment to the programme of study.  This should be demonstrated as part of your personal statement on the application form.  Candidates must be able to meet all deadlines and attend all of the teaching sessions.

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