The Ophthalmology MSc provides an in-depth engagement with the study of Ophthalmology in a contemporary clinical and research-focused context. It is intended to provide a comprehensive grounding in the principles, approaches and methodologies that inform current practice in the specific clinical sub-specialities in this rapidly advancing area.
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Tuition fees (2020/21)
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A UK medical degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (2:1). A scientific degree in an appropriate allied discipline (such as optometry) or overseas equivalent standard (2:1 or above).
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.
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About this degree
The programme is intended to provide students with a deeper theoretical and contextual knowledge to allow students to develop their clinical decision making skills in subspecialty areas and plan coherent next steps and further specialist study, research and training in readiness for patient-facing clinical practice and research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six compulsory modules (90 credits) and a research project (90 credits). There are no optional modules.
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Ophthalmology.
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.
- Introduction to ophthalmology
- Adnexal and orbital disease
- Cornea, cataract, external diseases and refractive surgery
- Neuro-ophthalmology, strabismus and paediatric ophthalmology
- Medical retina, vitreoretinal, systemic diseases, uveitis and ocular oncology
- Ophthalmology Dissertation
There are no optional modules on this programme.
All MSc students will embark on an independent library based research project. The project culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 - 12,000 words in length.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered primarily through lectures and seminars across terms one and two, in module teaching blocks. Term three is the dissertation.
Assessment is through examinations, coursework, journal reviews, case reports, journal presentations and a dissertation.
Face-to-face attended sessions form typically approx 18-20 hours of the week in the teaching terms, and there is considerable independent reading and study expected through the module delivery period and in the identified revision weeks.
The following book is highly recommended for you to purchase as an accompaniment to the programme:
Clinical Ophthalmology : a systematic approach
Jack J Kanski Edinburgh : Elsevier Eighth edition. 2016
Other core texts and recommended reading are detailed on module specifications and are available in the library and via UCL e- Journals.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Graduates will have a sound ability to frame their future learning, study and training in both an academic and a clinical context.
Graduates will have a substantial knowledge base in respect of common and rare ophthalmic conditions with diagnosis and management paradigms to apply in various contexts in the UK and abroad.
Graduates will have the capacity to synthesise and evaluate information, principles and practice, and core skills which will aid them should they wish to embark on an application for specialist ophthalmology clinical training.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Ophthalmology MSc is delivered through a modular structure, in intensive learning blocks that are focused on the core ophthalmic sub-specialties in respect of content and topics (such as Glaucoma, Cornea and external disease, Neurophthamlology, Retinal conditions etc).
This allows for a connected synthesis of understanding to be developed across the programme, while ensuring that in depth knowledge of particular aetiologies, pathologies, management and treatment of conditions in specific areas can be acquired.
This programme aims to provide students with comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the field, and the specialist pathways emerging from it to permit informed choices in respect of further developing inpatient care and clinical research skills in 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.
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