Clinical Ophthalmic Practice PG Dip

London, Old Street

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Fees to be confirmed
Not applicable
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

By the end of this programme students should have acquired more knowledge about common eye disease and some specialities and be more confident in their clinical practice underpinned by knowledge of relevant current ophthalmic research. Students will also acquire skills in academic writing, problem-based learning and group work.

Who this course is for

This programme is suitable for nurses or allied healthcare professionals working in the field of ophthalmology.

Applicants who have successfully completed the PG Cert in Clinical Ophthalmic Practice from UCL can apply directly to the PG Dip or MSc Clinical Ophthalmic Practice programme through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

What this course will give you

Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to show initiative and undertake observational visits to other ophthalmic areas where possible in order to optimise their learning experience by observing skills that are not readily available in the students' current clinical area. An example of this would be ocular prosthetics to observe the manufacturing process of the artificial eye. This programme is delivered using a blended learning approach. Students will have access to face-to-face classroom teaching and virtual learning, both individually as well as through collaborative and cooperative learning approaches, to help students acquire the academic knowledge and skills required for evidence-based practice.

The foundation of your career

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. These skills will be transferable within all areas of ophthalmic practice.


Experience on the programme can be used in applications for ophthalmic nursing roles. Students will also be eligible for further postgraduate study at UCL, including the MSc Clinical Ophthalmic Practice programme.

Teaching and learning

The course has been designed with the working professional in mind. The programme will take place mainly online (both through live/synchronous sessions and through other online materials you will be expected to cover), with the remaining part of the programme being delivered face-to-face.

There will be assessments for each module you study. An overview of module assessment information can be found on the UCL module catalogue, but this is subject to change year to year. Confirmed detailed information about your module assessments will be communicated to you when you are on the programme.

There will be a mixture of face-to-face and online live (synchronous) sessions as well as online content you will be expected to go over independently. It is recommended that for every 1 hour of teaching your receive, you should undertake up to 2/3 hours of self-study. Learning will involve participating in group activities, developing clinical skills and carrying out personal reading and research.



Students on the two year part-term PG Dip Clinical Ophthalmic Practice programme take four 15 credits modules in the first year (equivalent to the PGCert version of the programme). In the second year, they take all the remaining 60 credits worth of modules - this consists of a compulsory 30 credit module and 30 credits worth of optional modules that students select. The PG Dip programme is 120 credits in total.


Students on the modular/flexible PG Dip Clinical Ophthalmic Practice programme have up to five years to complete all modules on the programme. Students must take the PG Cert level modules first (four 15 credit modules) before proceeding to take the remaining 60 credits worth of PG Dip modules (consisting of a compulsory 30 credit module and 30 credits worth of optional modules that students select). The PG Dip programme is 120 credits in total.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Clinical Ophthalmic Practice.


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed £4,300
Tuition fees (2022/23) Fees to be confirmed £9,800

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

Additional costs

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

Funding your studies

Visit the UCL Scholarships and Funding website: The Institute of Ophthalmology sometimes offers scholarships for successful applicants on specific postgraduate programmes:

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

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021