Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates will need to have a professional healthcare qualification (in nursing or an allied healthcare profession). Students are also required to have at least one year’s ophthalmic experience and to be currently working in the field of ophthalmology.

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: Standard.

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

Months of entry


Course content

This is the first blended learning postgraduate programme in the UK to be designed for nurses and allied health professionals working in ophthalmology. Developed by two global centres of expertise, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL, this collaboration ensures that students have access to experts in their fields.

This programme aims to bridge the gap between theory and practical skills for those working in ophthalmic practice. It provides an opportunity for nurses and professionals allied to medicine, who are working in ophthalmic care, to enhance their understanding of the knowledge base and empirical research that underpins clinical conditions and develop practical skills within their own clinical area.

This course will allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the field of ophthalmic practice which is tailored to the area of practice that you are working in. Completing this programme you will develop an in-depth knowledge of the causes of pathological eye conditions from a physiological perspective and how that links to assessment, diagnosis and therapies in their clinical practice. Additionally, you will develop critical thinking with regard to research studies in this area and acquire an understanding of the various methodologies, governance and ethical considerations related to clinical research.

You will acquire the underpinning knowledge related to pathological ophthalmic conditions, develop core generic assessment and diagnosis skills and advanced skills in their speciality. In addition, you will also develop analytic skills which will enable you to adopt a more evidence based practice and consequently improve their clinical care and the patient experience.

Students will have access to the foremost ophthalmic library in Europe, both in person and remotely. There will be networking opportunities for online group discussions and web-based discussion forums around the modules being taken.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
      full time
      12 months


      The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, discussion forums and online learning. Personal tutors will support your learning. Assessment is through both formative and summative assessment via coursework, workbooks, online multiple choice questions, short answer papers and a final viva examination.

      Course contact details

      +44 (0)20 3370 1214