Orthoptics (pre-registration) MSc
Orthoptists are experts in the diagnosis and management of developmental eye conditions, defects in eye movement and binocular vision. In this programme, you will learn about paediatric ophthalmology, strabismus (ocular misalignment), ocular motility disorders and other eye and vision health issues and diseases that are dealt with by Orthoptists.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - provisional)
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. Relevant subject areas include: biological sciences, chemistry, nursing and psychology. Courses undertaken at institutions other than UCL will be assessed for accreditation of prior learning (APL) on a case by case basis and an interview and/or candidates may be required to write a piece of work to support the APL application.
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: Good
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.
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About this degree
In Year One, you will learn about the visual system, optics, and foundation Orthoptics and paediatric ophthalmology and neuro-ophthalmology.
In Year Two modules will cover complex Orthoptics, research methods and statistics, broader Ophthalmology, sale and supply of medicinal products (specific to Orthoptics) and clinical placements. You will enhance your research skills through a library-based research project on a topic related to Orthoptic/ophthalmic practice.
You will be paired with a clinical or clinical academic mentor so you can discuss what you are learning and experiencing in your clinical placement with an expert working in the field.
Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits with level 7 qualification.
The programme consists of twelve compulsory modules with a total of 360 credits
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.
All modules are compulsory
- Orthoptics I
- Ophthalmology I
- Orthoptics II
- Clinical placement I
- Ophthalmology II
- Clinical placement II
- Orthoptics III
- Research methods and statistics
- Sale, supply and administration of medicinal products
- Ophthalmology III
- Clinical placement III
Teaching and learning
This programme requires a completed enhanced DBS check. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the Admissions Team.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Students are eligible to apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) grant, which does not need to be repaid. Support includes:
- Parental support of £2000
- Reimbursement for excess travel and accommodation costs associated with clinical placements
- Exceptional Support Fund for students experiencing financial hardship
To apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund click HERE.
Students can also apply for a £9250/year tuition fee loan and a means-tested maintenance loan of up to £12,000 from the Student Loans Company.
To apply for a loan from Student Finance England click HERE.
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 is designed to equip students with the requisite knowledge and skill to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Orthoptist. Graduates will likely undertake a career in Orthoptics, and will be equipped with knowledge and skills to undertake extended clinical roles and/or pursue further training to undertake a clinical academic career. Many students go on to work in the NHS.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This two-year programme, full-time Orthoptics MSc (pre-registration), provides a fast-track route to theoretical knowledge and clinical training underpinning professional registration and practice as an autonomous Orthoptist with approval by the Health and Care Professions Council.
You will, through blended learning opportunities, learn core research methods and statistics and extended clinical knowledge of complex ophthalmic and neuro-ophthalmic conditions. The programme also provides 1000 hours of placement activity so that you will graduate from this programme clinically experienced.
You will learn how to apply the latest and most updated practices and technology to address eye conditions through instructions with Moorfields Eye Hospital staff.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - provisional)
Department: Institute of Ophthalmology
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.
Who can apply?
Applicants with a minimum 2:2 Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Relevant subject areas include: biological sciences, chemistry, nursing and psychology. Courses undertaken at institutions other than UCL will be assessed for accreditation of prior learning (APL) on a case by case basis and an interview and/or candidates may be required to write a piece of work to support the APL application.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Orthoptics (pre-registration) at graduate level
- why you want to study Orthoptics (pre-registration) at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this 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.
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