UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

This is the first blended learning postgraduate programme in the UK to be designed for nurses and allied health professionals working in ophthalmology. Developed by two global centres of expertise, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL, this collaboration ensures that students have access to experts in their fields. The emphasis of the programme will be on relating empirical knowledge to clinical practice and care, whilst developing more analytical and research-based skills. The inclusion of a work-based module, relating clinical care to practice, ensures that the knowledge base is related to experience of clinical conditions in the workplace and that graduates will be able to deliver first-class patient care. This programme aims to bridge the gap between theory and practical skills for those working in ophthalmic practice. It provides an opportunity for UK and EU nurses and professionals allied to medicine, who are working in ophthalmic care, to enhance their understanding of the knowledge base and empirical research that underpins clinical conditions and develop practical skills within their own clinical area.

This course will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the field of ophthalmic practice which is tailored to the area of practice that you are working in. Completing this programme you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the causes of pathological eye conditions from a physiological perspective and how that links to assessment, diagnosis and therapies in their clinical practice. Additionally, you will develop critical thinking with regard to research studies in this area and acquire an understanding of the various methodologies, governance and ethical considerations related to clinical research. You will acquire the underpinning knowledge related to pathological ophthalmic conditions, develop core generic assessment and diagnosis skills and advanced skills in their speciality. In addition, you will also develop analytic skills which will enable you to adopt a more evidence based practice and consequently improve their clinical care and the patient experience. Students will have access to the foremost ophthalmic library in Europe, both in person and remotely. There will be networking opportunities for online group discussions and web-based discussion forums around the modules being taken. Students will be able to apply for positions in ophthalmology and will be eligible for further postgraduate study at UCL.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,650 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £3,650 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £8,350 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £1,740 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £1,740 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £4,170 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have 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. Candidates will need to have a professional healthcare qualification (in nursing or an allied healthcare profession). Students are also required to have at least one year?s ophthalmic experience and to be currently working in the field of ophthalmology.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests; overall score of 92 with 24/30 in reading and writing and 20/30 in speaking and listening in Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 176 with 169 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English; pass at Mastery level when achieved with a pass at Mastery level in the Pitman International Spoken test (ISESOL) in City & Guilds (Pitman Examination in International ESOL); 62 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?pass? in all components; overall mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 65%, with at least 60% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.