Research course


UCL - University College London · Institute of Ophthalmology

Entry requirements


  • candidates normally require a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university (or its overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject.


  • candidates must have a clinical orientation and must a) have obtained the MBBS degree of the University of London; or some other registerable primary qualification in Medicine, and b) be eligible for full registration, or hold limited registration, with the UK General Medical Council.

Months of entry


Course content

Research at the Institute of Ophthalmology usually consists of practical laboratory studies, although some topics can involve theoretical study using computer technology, field work, clinical observations or epidemiological and biostatistical techniques.

The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is the oldest and largest centre for ophthalmic treatment, teaching and research in Europe. The institute has been awarded the highest possible rating by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) during the last three Research Assessment Exercises (5**) and has received the Queen's Anniversary Prize for its achievements. As well as world-class research, we are involved in graduate training of research students and UCL undergraduate and taught graduate teaching, because future research is critical to our goal of improving sight.

Department specialisms

Cell science: angiogenesis; membrane trafficking; annexin biology; tight junction biology; cytoskeleton; cell signalling; leukocyte trafficking; chaperones; neurodegeneration; control of wound healing Genetics and gene therapy: single gene and complex genetics of eye disease; genetic epidemiology; gene therapy for eye disease from experimental models to clinical trials Multi-disciplinary studies of disease: age-related macular degeneration; glaucoma; diabetes; retinitis pigmentosa; ocular scarring; neurodegeneration Ocular immunology and allergy: applied ocular immunology; understanding basic mechanisms causing disease to identify novel therapeutic approaches; determining to what extent T-cells, eosinophils and mast cells damage the cornea and conjunctiva in allergic eye disease Regenerative medicine: stem cell therapy for eye disease; transplantation strategies (corneal and retinal disease); optic nerve regeneration Visual neuroscience: neurophysiology of central visual processing; imaging of retina and CNS; neuronal plasticity; evolutionary paradigms of vision; visual pigments.

Information for international students

See our website for further information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
24 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Mrs Anne Snowling
+44 (0)20 7608 6968
020 7679 3001