UCL Graduate degrees


Clinical Ophthalmic Practice PG Dip

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.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Part time: 2 years
Flexible: up to 5 years

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£4,170 (PT)
£9,500 (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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Old Street

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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

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 five 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.

Compulsory modules

  • Anatomy and physiology (15 credits)
  • Research and statistics (15 credits)
  • Ophthalmic clinical case studies (15 credits)
  • Clinical care in practice (15 credits)
  • Physical assessment of the ophthalmic patient (30 credits)

Optional modules

30 credits worth of optional modules are taken. 

  • Ophthalmic Accident and Emergency Practice (15 credits)
  • Ophthalmic Theatre Practice (15 credits)
  • Glaucoma (15 credits)
  • Medical retina, vitreoretinal, system diseases, uveitis and ocular oncology (30 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 as a modular/flexible or part-time student.

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.


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The Institute 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.



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 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.

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.

This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

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: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

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.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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 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.

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