Taught course

Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Theory)

Ulster University · Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

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Entry requirements

Applicants must (a) have gained an Honours or non-Honours degree in a cognate discipline from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, or from a recognised national awarding body, or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard;

or an equivalent standard in a Postgraduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or an approved alternative qualification;

and (b) provide evidence of competence in written and spoken English (GCSE grade C or equivalent) or, as an alternative to the above

(c) in exceptional circumstances, where an individual has substantial and significant experiential learning, a portfolio of written evidence demonstrating the meeting of graduate qualities (including subject-specific outcomes, as determined by the Course Committee) may be considered as an alternative entrance route. Evidence used to demonstrate graduate qualities may not be used for exemption against modules within the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Students of refractive or cataract surgery are often in full-time employment and have difficulty attending taught courses. Hence, world renowned refractive surgeon, lecturer and researcher, Visiting Professor Dan Reinstein together with Course Director and Professor of Personalised Medicine Tara Moore, undertook a full restructuring of the original course including an entirely new laser refractive section of the course including over 30 hours of fully narrated lectures, asynchronous discussion and testing forums and self-assessment tests. The course includes contributions from many internationally renowned refractive surgery specialists such as Professors Jorge Alio, David O’Brart, Renato Ambrosio, Noel Alpins, Charles Claoue, D. Jackson Coleman, to name a few. This enables students to study in their own time and location with the support of e-tutors and course discussion pages. Weekly discussion themes are based on different case scenarios.

At present, cataract and refractive surgery is poorly taught in most countries. In the UK, there is no formal training in refractive surgery and most people who undertake refractive surgery teach themselves with some help from the short introductory courses available from different organisations around the world and specific instrumentation courses organised by the manufacturers. The course aims to develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for the understanding of the key theoretical elements necessary for effectively assisting or performing Cataract and Refractive Surgery.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores. (link to: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/40124/other-english-language-tests-2015.pdf)

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor Tara Moore