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.
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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
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.
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.
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
By the end of your 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 the relevant current ophthalmic research. Students will also acquire skills in academic writing, problem-based learning and group work.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits
The programme consists of 5 compulsory modules (90 credits) and 30 credits of optional modules.
Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip 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)
- Adnexal and orbital disease (15 credits)
- Cornea, cataract, external diseases and refractive surgery (30 credits)
- Glaucoma (15 credits)
- Medical retina, vitreoretinal, system diseases, uveitis and ocular oncology (30 credits)
- Glaucoma Level 1 (15 credits)
- Glaucoma Level 2 (15 credits)
Teaching and learning
The optional modules listed above are delivered through a modular structure, in intensive learning blocks that are focused on the core ophthalmic sub– specialties in respect of content and topics.
The course has been designed with the working professional in mind, so you can study when it is convenient.
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 whether you are studying part-time or full-time.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
As a graduate of this programme, students will have enhanced their employment prospects with employers both in the UK and overseas, as they will have broadened their ophthalmic knowledge and skills and have a foundation in research. These skills will be transferable within all areas of ophthalmic practice.
Why study this degree at UCL?
Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to show initiative and undertake observational visits to other ophthalmic areas 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.
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?
A minimum of a 2:2 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.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
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What are we looking for?
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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