Orthoptics (pre-registration) MSc

London, Old Street

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£24,000
Duration
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

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. 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.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

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.

What this course will give you

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 foundation of your career

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.

Employability

Accreditation

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC - provisional)

Teaching and learning

We use a range of assessment methods across the programme. This range suits a wider diversity of learners and thus promotes more equality. These methods include:  

  • Essays 

  • Data exercises 

  • Problem based learning 

  • Presentations  

  • Ongoing assessment during placements 

  • Unseen written exams 

  • A project report 

Modules

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 360 credits with level 7 qualification.

Placement

Throughout the 2-year programme, students are placed in hospital clinics once a week. They should begin to work with patients, carers and other professionals from the outset. Students are always keen to observe experienced clinicians at work, and structured observations of clinical tutors and other professionals make valuable learning experiences throughout the programme.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Institute of Ophthalmology

Studying at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields gives you the best start, whether you’re considering a career as an ophthalmologist or you’re a scientist planning to work in research, industry or clinical practice. Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are now open – join our virtual open to learn about our ophthalmic and science based programmes and how you make your application stand out.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900
Tuition fees (2022/23) £24,000

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

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.

Funding your studies

Students are eligible to apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) grant, which does not need to be repaid. Support includes:
-    £6000/year
-    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.

Next steps

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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.

This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021