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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.
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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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About this degree
The programme is designed to help graduates acquire and apply knowledge and skills resulting from evidence-based research required for clinical practice.
Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.
The programme consists of four compulsory modules (15 credits each) delivered predominantly via distance learning, with seven attendance study days.
Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert 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 (15 credits)
There are no optional modules for this programme.
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.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
The Insitute of Ophthalmology offers various scholarships for successful applicants on postgraduate programmes. Please visit the Ophthalmology Scholarships page for updated information on opportunities for the 2021-2022 year.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Students will be able to apply for Ophthalmic nursing roles and will be eligible for further postgraduate study at UCL.
As a graduate of this programme you will have enhanced your employment prospects with employers both in the UK and overseas, as you will have broadened your ophthalmic knowledge and skills and have a foundation in research.
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 should take note of the funding application deadlines.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is no application fee for this programme.
Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for nurses or allied healthcare professionals working in the field of ophthalmology.
- Visa nationals
- 31 May 2021
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What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Clinical Ophthalmic Practice at graduate level
- why you want to study Clinical Ophthalmic Practice at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your personal, 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.
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