Short courses


Introduction to Clinical Ophthalmology

  • 2 hours self-study
  • 8 hours of lectures (pre-recorded)


This course is an introduction to the specialty of Clinical Ophthalmology, providing an overview of the field and its subspecialties. Each lecture focuses on common conditions, discussing symptoms, signs, investigations, and management.

This is a unique, new online course which offers undergraduates, junior and senior doctors and allied healthcare professionals a chance to explore this subject in more detail and gain a better general understanding and overview of Clinical Ophthalmology. It will also help to guide potential candidates who are keen to pursue a career in Ophthalmology or the many extended roles.

This course is run jointly by the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital

Who this course is for 

This course is ideal for for the following professionals who are interested in gaining a better understanding of Clinical Ophthalmology:

  • medical students
  • junior doctors
  • junior ophthalmologists
  • physicians
  • general practitioners
  • optometrists
  • orthoptists
  • ophthalmic nurses
  • vision scientists

Course content 

The course will include the following pre-recorded lectures:

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Oculoplastics (1 hour)
  • Cornea and Conjunctival Disorders (1 hour)
  • Cataract (1 hour)
  • Glaucoma (1 hour)
  • Medical Retina (1 hour)
  • Vitreoretinal Surgery (1 hour)
  • Neuro-ophthalmology (1 hour)
  • Ocular Emergencies (1 hour)

Teaching and structure 

The course content is designed so that you can go through the topics and pre-recorded lectures online at your own pace. There will be an online forum for asking questions.

The course will be hosted on UCL Extend, UCL's learning platform for short courses and professional education.

Access to the course materials will end one month after the course end date. This will be listed on the course area on UCL Extend.

Certificates and assessment 

There will be a multiple-choice quiz with 20 questions at the end of the course.

A certificate of completion will issued on completion of the multiple choice quiz and course feedback form.

Ophthalmologists are eligible for self-certification of CPD points at 1 point/hour in their portfolio.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of Ophthalmology as a clinical specialty and its various subspecialties.
  2. Display awareness of the diverse symptoms that patients may present.
  3. Apply basic examination techniques in each subspecialty.
  4. Utilse basic investigations employed in each subspecialty.
  5. Recognise common pathologies in each subspecialty and articulate their management.


The standard course fee is £650.

Course team

Waheeda Rahman

Waheeda Rahman

Waheeda is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital with a subspecialist interest in Medical Retina. She was appointed in 2010 and has always been a keen clinical and surgical trainer of medical staff and allied healthcare professionals.

She is an Honorary Clinical Associate Professor (Teaching) at UCL and leads the first module on the UCL MSc in Ophthalmology programme. She is also a lecturer and trainer on numerous other national and international UCL and Moorfields courses.

Course information last modified: 1 Dec 2023, 16:57