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UK Ophthalmology Courses

Ophthalmology courses will help you gain a deeper understanding of allergies, retinal diseases and the ageing eye

An ophthalmologist deals with the physiology, anatomy and any illnesses or diseases that may affect the eye. At the undergraduate level, students will learn through theoretical and practical practice, with clinical placements taking place throughout the degree at eye hospitals and clinics.

At the postgraduate level, programmes such as the Ophthalmology MSc at University College London see provide students “with a deeper theoretical and contextual knowledge to allow students to develop their clinical decision making skills in subspecialty areas and plan coherent next steps and further specialist study”.

A recent report published by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth) showed that ophthalmology is now one of the busiest outpatient specialities in the UK, and demand for skilled ophthalmologists will continue to grow.

Graduate Ophthalmology Careers and Salary

Ophthalmology graduates can practice as optometrists and enter the NHS, work with high street opticians or enter private practice. Employment opportunities in hospitals, community-based practices, the optical industry and optometry research will allow optometrists to advance their careers in the field of their choice.

  • Average starting professional salary: £62,001
  • Average starting graduate salary: £31,365

Source: National Careers Service UK.

Ophthalmology Entry Requirements

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: Minimum 32 points.
  • Typical A-level requirements: AAB, including two pure science subjects such as biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics.
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 7.0 overall, with no lower than 6.5 in any one component.

Please note that entry requirements vary for each UK university.

Where can I study Ophthalmology in the UK?

To learn more about the best ophthalmology courses in the UK, find details on a selection of UK universities that offer ophthalmology degrees:

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