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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.

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

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

 

Dissertation/report

The MSc programme will culminate in a dissertation.

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.

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.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

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