Taught course

Advanced Practice in Optometry and Ophthalmology

UCL - University College London · Institute of Ophthalmology

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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.

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of this programme is to develop clinical practice and to contribute to the advancement of eye care delivery in primary, secondary or tertiary care settings. The Programme has been developed by practicing clinicians for multidisciplinary ophthalmic non-medical clinicians such as optometrists, orthoptists and ophthalmic nurses. The structure of the Programme is based on the four pillars of clinical, leadership, education and research.

Flexibilty of learning

The Programme will be available to you as a full-time mode, part-time over two years or flexibly over five years. The structure of the Programme offers busy professionals a blended learning option where 90% of the Programme is offered online and 10% face-to-face or a fully online Programme where 100% of the Programme is carried out online.

*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. 

The programme has been designed and delivered by world renowned leaders in ophthalmology and ophthalmic education. This unique partnership between UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital enables a programme to be delivered by clinicians incorporating real patient cases.

For UK based practitioners, modules on the programme can be used as a first step to gaining College of Optometrists Higher Qualifications and affixes as well as the Ophthalmic Practitioner Training sign offs when combined with workplace based learning. 

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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


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

This is a blended learning programme where 90% of the taught component is carried out online. Overseas students will therefore not be eligible for a Tier 4/student visa but can apply for a short-term study visa to attend the face-to-face teaching and assessment component in March and April.

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