Taught course

Surgery (Ophthalmology)

Canterbury Christ Church University · Faculty of Medicine, Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You will need to have a primary medical qualification and have a minimum of two years post qualification clinical experience within Ophthalmology. Full registration with the GMC is required if you wish to undertake clinical practice such as assisting in operating theatre. More details of the GMC sponsorship requirements can be found on their website.

Overseas entry requirements

If you are an International medical graduate applying for the GMC sponsorship, you will need to have a primary medical qualification and have a minimum of three years post qualification clinical experience within Ophthalmology including full-time practice in the last 12 months. Full registration with the GMC is required if you wish to undertake clinical practice such as assisting in operating theatre. We will check your application in terms of:

  • Equivalence of qualifications (by using NARIC)
  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 7.5 with no element below 7.0. Alternatively you can supply an OET certificate which must be the medical version with all grades B or above. More details can be found on the GMC website.

If you are not currently employed in an NHS Trust or clinical organisation, you will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and Occupational Health screening prior to any clinical attachments.

Months of entry


Course content

This course will provide you with a valuable qualification to enhance career progression in this highly competitive field.

Ophthalmology is a surgical specialty dealing with disorders of the eye and visual pathways. Although the treatment of eye conditions involves a range of therapeutic options, including medicine, laser and surgery, the surgical field is constantly evolving with technology being the main driver. The MCh in Surgery (Ophthalmology) will prepare you as a trainee surgeon to meet the challenges of current and future ophthalmology.

This course will advance your scientific knowledge, innovative and forward thinking. A unique aspect of the MCh course is the teaching of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is fast evolving in ophthalmology, and this course will help you to appreciate this area of medicine as applied to eye conditions. This is especially so in retinal conditions, optic neuropathies and glaucoma. The knowledge gained is critical not just for local students but to any trainee from anywhere in the world.

This course aims to develop your scientific insight into current and emerging technologies that will inform your clinical practice and help you to apply basic scientific discoveries to your clinical work for the benefit of your patients.

It aims to facilitate you to develop a critical understanding of current novel and potentially beneficial therapies that use regenerative medicine and digital health platforms in a way that will inspire and encourage you to use this knowledge and develop your own ideas. To be a competent, safe and compassionate surgeon, you need to be able to develop your critical, analytical and problem solving abilities.

his MCh in Surgery is aimed at doctors who are at ST1 level and above and provides an essential educational component for you while you are progressing in your surgical training.

If you are an international medical graduate, this course will be especially suitable for you as it is designed so that it will allow you the maximum opportunities to learn both the theory and practice if you do not hold a GMC registration. If you wish to be considered to be sponsored by the University for a one year GMC registration, you will need to meet the criteria set by both the University and the GMC.

The theme of regenerative medicine runs through each of the specialist pathway modules with its application, research and emerging technologies being critically explored. Although a key component and theme through this course will be regenerative medicine, a further theme that will run through each of the modules is the teaching of practical surgical skills in each of the pathways and modules through simulation.

This course will develop you as a lifelong learner, having developed critical, analytical and evaluative skills at Masters level, to undertake your own high-quality research and search for innovation, which in turn will further progress your area of expertise. Integral to the course is the need to develop and enhance a culture in you that ensures a willingness to challenge poor or bad clinical practice, improve service delivery and effect change.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MCh
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Course Enquiry Team
+44(0)1227 928000