UCL Graduate degrees


Clinical Ophthalmology MSc

The one-year Clinical Ophthalmology MSc will enhance your knowledge of common ocular diseases, ophthalmic surgical and laser procedures and ocular therapeutics. You will develop analytical skills for solving clinical cases and evaluating published research, and gain valuable research experience through the opportunity to undertake a clinical library-based dissertation.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
Flexible: 2-5 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£13,060 (FT) £6,440 (PT)
£26,250 (FT) £13,060 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

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 Current Students website.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Old Street

Entry requirements

A UK medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

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.

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

Students will be taught diagnosis and management of common ocular diseases by experienced clinicians and researchers. Students will gain an understanding of clinical assessments and disease processes in the eye, imaging modalities, treatments and side-effects. Additional skills acquired include critical evaluation of scientific literature and research skills . A personal tutor is allocated to each student to assist this process.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits over one year.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, flexible three years) is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, flexible two years) is offered.

Mandatory modules

All eight modules, plus the dissertation module, must be taken.

  • The Eye in Health and Disease
  • Common Ocular Diseases and Treatment
  • Systemic Disease and the Eye
  • Surgery and the Eye
  • Disorders Affecting Retinal Function
  • Ocular Imaging
  • Ocular Therapeutics 1
  • Ocular Therapeutics 2


All MSc students undertake an independent library-based research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, problem-based learning, clinical application, and the possibility of clinical practice observation at Moorfields Eye Hospital. Assessment is through multiple choice question examinations, problem-based learning questions, and a dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Ophthalmology MSc


The Institute of Ophthalmology currently offers the following bursaries for successful applicants on our postgraduate taught master’s degrees: Two £10,000 Allergan Foundation bursaries (available for successful applicants on the Clinical Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology with Clinical Practice degrees). These bursaries are open to home and overseas students and will be received in the form of a fee reduction only.

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


This programme provides students with the unique opportunity to study at world-leading ophthalmology institutions, where they will be exposed to the most advanced diagnostic and treatment approaches. Students will learn directly from experienced clinicians and researchers from both Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL, who will help them acquire the basic knowledge for further clinical advancement. Students can obtain basic practical ophthalmic skills (use of slit lamp, how to do tonometry, gonioscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, biomicroscopy) to assist them at the start of their ophthalmic career.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Clinical Ophthalmologist, Eye Specialist Centre
  • Doctor, Gartnavel General Hospital (NHS)


This Clinical Ophthalmology MSc aims to provide students with in-depth clinical knowledge of modern ophthalmic practice and academic skills to help them become independent clinicians and clinical leaders in any future post. 

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital are recognised globally and have an outstanding track record in basic biomedical research, teaching and clinical management of patients. This degree builds on the best of all of these to provide the student with an excellent knowledge of ophthalmology. 

In the first term basic clinical skills session teaching will be offered. In addition, in the second term the opportunity to attend practical skill courses (microsurgical skills, basic phacoemulsification, trabeculectomy, squint) offered to MSc in Ophthalmology with Clinical Practice Year 2 students are available to attend for an additional fee. In the third term the student writes a dissertation on a topic of interest to them with guidance from the senior clinicians running the programme.

The programme will also provide unique opportunities to interact with leading clinicians from Moorfields Eye Hospital as well as from other prominent institutions. International students from countries with less well-developed ophthalmic services will especially benefit from this unique programme.

Department: Institute of Ophthalmology

Student / staff numbers › 255 staff including 92 postdocs › 60 taught students › 100 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Ophthalmology
80% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

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.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

Who can apply?

This programme is aimed at junior doctors and experienced optometrists and orthoptists, and others with a relevant degree who are interested in acquiring an in-depth knowledge of ophthalmic diseases, diagnosis and treatment.

Application deadlines

All applicants
27 July 2018

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 Ophthalmology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Clinical Ophthalmology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this 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.

Contact information

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