UCL (University College London)

Course Introduction

The aim of the programme is to provide ophthalmic non-medical professionals the opportunity to undertake a Masters, which will develop their clinical practice and contribute to the advancement of eyecare delivery in primary, secondary or tertiary care settings. You will develop the following skills and knowledge: understand the disease process underlying common ophthalmic conditions (e.g. glaucoma, medical retina and those requiring medical contact lenses); ability to detect changes in clinic status; be confident using diagnostic criteria to formulate patient management plans; develop decision making skills underpinned by academic and clinical knowledge.

This master's programme is designed in partnership between clinicians from Moorfields Eye Hospital and UCL scientists. Modules on this programme have received professional accreditation by the College of Optometrists. For UK based optometrists, some modules provide the classroom based knowledge for the College of Optometrists specialist professional higher qualifications should you want to pursue these. In addition, you will also be able to earn CET points required to maintain your professional registration. You will be able to choose modules from a selection which you can tailor to your level of existing expertise and type of clinical practice. Training will enable multidisciplinary ophthalmic clinicians and scientists to carry out extended roles in ophthalmology as well as providing the scientific knowledge required in these areas. This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly. Students will take this course in flexible study mode also.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,150 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £10,150 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £20,170 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,100 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £5,100 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £10,150 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a minimum of an upper second-class UK BSc (Hons) Optometry, Orthoptics, Nursing or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with other appropriate professional qualifications and/or work experience will also be considered on an individual basis. Overseas students will have to provide evidence of their proficiency in the English language. Applicants wanting to take the contact lens modules are required to have an upper-second class UK BSc (Hons) Dispensing (for students who want to take the contact lens modules).
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: IELTS overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each of the subtests; overall score of 100 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 185 with 176 in all subtests in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; overall score of 185 with 176 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); 69 overall, with a minimum of 59 in each Communicative Skill in Pearson Test of English (Academic); successful completion of ISE III with a ?merit? in all components; overall mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the four subtests in UCL Diploma in English for Academic Purposes; overall mark of 70% with at least 65% in each of the four elements of the examination in UCL International Pre-Master's Courses; mark of 70%, with at least 65% in each of the subtests in UCL Pre-sessional English Courses.
  • IELTS score: 7
  • TOEFL score: 100