Research course

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

University of Nottingham · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

MPhil and PhD: Applicants should have obtained or expect to obtain a good first or 2.1 degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject. Due to the wide research interests of the School we offer postgraduate research opportunities to students who have graduated in a variety of subjects such as statistics, science and geography as well as medical degrees. DM: All graduates (BMBS) in medicine of the University of Nottingham are eligible to apply for admission to the degree together with other medical graduates who are based in Nottingham for the duration of their research.

Months of entry


Course content

The School offers research degrees of MPhil (Master of Philosophy), PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) and DM (Doctorate of Medicine). Students admitted to the School to study for a PhD may initially be registered for an MPhil degree with transfer to a PhD conditional on the student's progress in their studies. At between 9 -12 months of study the student's progress is reviewed and if this is satisfactory a recommendation will be made for the student to transfer to a PhD. Students studying for a DM may transfer to a PhD subject to approval and within specified time limits.

Our applied laboratory research has already directed clinical practice in the eye banks, amniotic membrane preparation, storage and use, and more through development of clinical techniques namely, fine needle diathermy occlusion of corneal vessels, a new classification of chemical burns, sequential sector conjunctival epitheliectomy and alcohol delamination of the corneal epithelium for diagnostic and therapeutic indications. These have been adopted by several centres across the world. Recently, we have discovered a new layer in the pre-Descemets zone of the deep stroma (Dua’s layer) that will have profound effect on lamellar corneal surgery and posterior corneal pathology.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Research interests include: antimicrobial peptides; corneal epithelial wound healing; ocular surface reconstruction, corneal stem cell research, and age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Details of novel expertise. Dr Hopkinson has extensive expertise in proteomic analysis techniques. Mr Imran Mohammed has expertise in real time PCR.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the Medical School web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
24-36 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559