Research course

Eye and Vision Sciences

University of Liverpool · Faculty of Medicine

Entry requirements

A good (2:1 or above) Honours first degree in an appropriate science subject is required as a minimum, which, preferably, will be relevant to the area of interest. All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages. Please see for English Language requirements specific to your country. If you meet the academic requirements of the course but do not have the required level of English Language, it is possible for you to come and study at the University on one of our Pre-sessional EAP programmes. Please see the English Language Centre website for further information about these programmes; If you require additional English Language training during your study, the University is able to provide tuition and arrange IELTS tests through its English Language Centre, details of which are available at

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Eye and vision science research in Liverpool extends from basic molecular interactions through to health service implementation with the goal of translating our findings for the benefit of patients.Our non-clinical and clinical scientists from a range of backgrounds work closely together studying the mechanisms, prevention, early detection and treatment of eye diseases based on a core partnership between The Department of Eye and Vision Science in the research Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, St. Paul's Eye Unit in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and The Directorate of Orthoptics and Vision Science in the Institute of Learning and Teaching.

Subject Overview

The key principle behind our research is the recognition over the last decade that to elucidate cell, organ or organismal function in health and disease requires an integrated approach utilising the best available cutting-edge technologies.

Studentships are supported by strong external collaborations, particularly with the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong, IOBA at the University of Valladolid, The National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, and the CRaIVE collaboration with Bangor, Imperial, Leeds, Hull and Manchester Universities.

We offer MPhil, PhD, MD and post-doctoral training programmes that provide exposure to this excellent integrated programme. Studentships are also extensively supported by productive national and international collaborations and joint PhD study programmes. Many of our students also are recognised for the role they play in communicating the science to the wider community. On completing their PhDs many of our students go on to take competitive post-doctoral positions in the UK or overseas, or elect to take alternative career paths in the NHS, government or the commercial sector.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
36 months


full time
60 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927