Taught course

Advanced Clinical Optometry and Ophthalmology

UCL - University College London · Institute of Ophthalmology

Entry requirements

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).

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.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides ophthalmic non-medical professionals with the opportunity to undertake advanced clinical practice training in ophthalmology through flexible study. The aim of the programme is to develop clinical practice and to contribute to the advancement of eyecare delivery in primary, secondary or tertiary care settings. UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has partnered with Moorfields Eye Hospital to provide this challenging and rewarding programme.

The structure of this programme is designed to suit busy professionals through blended* learning. All modules will be carried out online and will be supplemented by face-to-face days in London. The face-to-face days involve workshops, case discussions, patient assessments and discussion of clinical "pearls" from experienced practitioners.

*blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as traditional face-to-face teaching. It enables you to fit your study around your professional life if undertaking the programme part-time. Modules on this programme are typically 85% online and 15% face-to-face.

Fees and funding

Please see UCL website for full information about fees and costs for this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    60 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification


Note that face-to-face components of the programme will take place in March every year, and assessments will take place in May. We advise overseas students to aim to spend the months from March to May inclusive in London.

Course contact details

020 7608 6875