This programme will allow students to develop advanced knowledge of the eye, eye diseases and treatment and the research underpinning clinical practice. It is delivered by ophthalmologists, researchers and nurses who are at the forefront of ophthalmic research clinical practice at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital Trust – both institutions will be involved in the teaching.
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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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates will need to have a professional healthcare qualification (in nursing or an allied healthcare profession). Students are also required to have at least one year’s ophthalmic experience and to be currently working in the field of ophthalmology.
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: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
By the end of your programme you should have acquired advanced knowledge about common eye disease and some specialities and be more confident in your clinical practice underpinned by a knowledge of the relevant current ophthalmic research. You will also acquire skills in academic writing, problem based learning and group work, independent research and analytical skills.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six compulsory modules (total 150 credits) to include the dissertation (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Clinical Ophthalmic Practice.
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.
- Anatomy and physiology (15 credits)
- Research and statistics (15 credits)
- Ophthalmic clinical case studies (15 credits)
- Clinical care in practice work-based portfolio (15 credits)
- Physical assessment of the ophthalmic patient (30 credits)
- Ophthalmology dissertation module (60 credits)
- Adnexal and orbital disease (15 credits)
- Glaucoma (15 credits)
- Glaucoma level 1 (15 credits)
- Cornea, cataract, external diseases and refractive surgery (30 credits)
- Medical retina, vitreoretinal, systemic disease, uveitis and ocular oncology (30 credits)
You will undertake a dissertation module, developing your research relevant to your ophthalmic interest. You will be supervised on an individual basis by an academic member of staff to support you in this module.
Teaching and learning
The course has been designed with the working professional in mind, so you can study when it is convenient as 75% of the course is delivered online with the remaining 25% of the course being delivered face-to-face.
In a typical week, you will be expected to engage in online learning and participate in the group activities, develop clinical skills, carry out personal reading and research, which accounts to approximately 12-40 hours a week, depending on your mode of attendance.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Undertaking an MSc in Clinical Ophthalmic Practice is now considered a prerequisite for any specialist Ophthalmic nursing roles and can lead to opportunities to progress into advanced ophthalmic practice roles and Nurse consultant roles.
The programme is designed to help graduates acquire and apply knowledge and skills resulting from evidence-based research required for clinical practice.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme will give students the underpinning research and evidence-based knowledge to develop their clinical knowledge base.
This programme is delivered using a blended learning approach. Students will have access to face-to-face classroom teaching and virtual learning, both individualy as well as through collaborative and cooperative learning approaches, to help students acquire the academic knowledge and skills required for evidence-based practice.
Department: Institute of Ophthalmology
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Application and next steps
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.
Who can apply?
Bachelor degree (hons) in nursing (min 2:2 or equivalent)
Applicants who have successfully completed the PG Cert in Clinical Ophthalmic Practice from UCL can apply directly to the PG Dip and MSc through the RPL process.
All candidates will need to have had at least one year of ophthalmic nursing experience.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
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