The University of Manchester

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MSc Investigative Ophthalmology & Vision Sciences

School of Biomedicine

Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences

The MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences is believed to be the only multidisciplinary course in ocular sciences available globally. Incorporating the strengths of the University of Manchester and Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, the MSc provides students with the knowledge and skills required to develop careers within ocular health and vision sciences. It also provides vision related professionals with opportunity to advance their understanding of the scientific foundations of ophthalmology and vision sciences. A stand-alone course unit on glaucoma is just one example.

There are two pathways to the MSc degree. You can take all six taught modules plus a dissertation or four of the six taught modules, a mini-project and dissertation. The second pathway is designed for those who wish to gain additional hands on research experience. Modules include:

  • Research Methods
  • Glaucoma
  • Physiology of ocular tissues in health and disease
  • Corneal physiology and contact lenses
  • Genetics of the eye
  • Ophthalmic research techniques

All dissertations are experimental and many involve the collection of data from patients attending either Manchester Royal Eye Hospital or the Vision Centre.

Delivered within purpose built facilities, including clinical settings at the Royal Eye Hospital, contributors to the MSc include eminent clinicians and scientists across the Faculties of Medical and Human Sciences and Life Sciences. Students have ample opportunity to network with PhD researchers, post-doctoral staff and clinicians in order to shape their career options.

Training is ideally suited to undergraduates looking to progress onto a PhD within vision sciences, industrial R&D or clinical training within the NHS. There are also significant professional development opportunities as applied to the health care professions.

Applications for entry in September 2011 are now being invited. Individuals should hold (or expect to obtain) a minimum upper-second degree (or equivalent) in one of the following areas: medicine, optometry, medical sciences, orthoptics, nursing or biological sciences. 

For further information, including course fees and details on applying please refer to the MSc website:

Alternatively contact Professor David Henson, MSc Course Director:


University of Manchester

The University of Manchester is the largest single-site university in the UK, offering students and trainees an outstanding choice of degree options, along with excellent facilities and support services. The MSc Investigative Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences is housed in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, which boasts an annual research income of over £61M. Collaborations include the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), a partnership between the University and six Greater Manchester NHS organisations which aims to help the city-region become a world leader in health research. The Faculty also plays host to the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, Biomedical Research Centre, Neuroscience Research Institute, North West Genetic Knowledge Park and Biomedical Imaging Institute. We host over 2, 000 postgraduate students and have an outstanding reputation for delivery of professional development training across the health-care sector.








Manchester Royal Eye Hospital


Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is one of the largest eye teaching hospitals in Europe. Globally acknowledged as a centre of excellence, the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital is renowned for its work in all aspects of ophthalmology, including outpatient care, surgery and education.

The new Hospital improves on the original facilities: 24 examination rooms, five laser treatment rooms and two ultrasound rooms. As one of the largest and busiest Trusts in the country, we provide a wide range of services for patients. We have an Emergency Eye Centre based within Manchester Royal Infirmary Accident and Emergency for ophthalmic emergencies. Other facilities include Emergency Eye Centre, Acute Referral Centre, Ophthalmic Imaging, Ultrasound Unit, Electrodiagnosis, Laser Unit, Optometry, Orthoptics, the state-of-the-art Manchester Eye Bank and Ocular Prosthetics.

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