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

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has partnered with Moorfields Eye Hospital, one of the world’s leading eye hospitals, to create an exciting environment in which to study this challenging and rewarding programme. 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.

The structure of this programme is designed to suit busy professionals. It uses blended learning, where some of the programme is carried out online*, and is supplemented by face-to-face days. The face-to-face days involve workshops, case discussions, patient assessments and discussion of clinical "pearls" from experienced practitioners.

*80% online and 20% face-to-face.

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.

Face-to-face components on most modules which focusses on case discussions and clinical pearls. These will give you the opportunity to observe real patients and discuss their cases. The option to develop advanced clinical skills within custom-designed patient teaching clinics with one-to-one supervision at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

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
      full time
      12 months
        part time
        24 months


        Most of the programme is delivered via distance learning which will include online lectures, videos, webinars, and assignments. Some modules will have a one or two-day face to face component where you will apply what you have learned online. These face to face components will be delivered during three intensive teaching weeks at the end of the second semester and will include lectures, workshops, tutorials, case discussions and patient examination sessions delivered by consultant ophthalmologists, fellows and senior specialist optometrists at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

        Assignments, multiple choice questions, short answer questions, patient management case scenarios, visual recognition and interpretation of clinical scenarios, objective structured case scenarios, VIVA exams which will be delivered during three intensive assessment weeks at the end of the third semester.

        Course contact details

        +44 (0)20 3370 1214