We have 2 Ophthalmology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Cambridge
A PhD in Ophthalmology is a highly specialised degree focusing on eye and vision science. You’ll have the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of our visual systems and how this can translate into clinical tests. Whether you are researching ocular imaging, looking at ways to improve contact lenses or helping clinicians with low vision patient management, you will be aiming to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe.
What's it like to study a PhD in Ophthalmology?
Doing a PhD in Ophthalmology, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans all areas of visual science. You will work with your supervisor, university and experts in the field to answer some of the biggest research questions in the subject. Some typical research topics in Ophthalmology include:
visual psychophysics and ocular electrophysiology
evaluating ophthalmic conditions
optimal visual performance
contact lenses and the cornea
Typical Ophthalmology PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. As well as undertaking research training within your department, you will also attend external meetings and conferences and may be submitting research posters as your research develops.
To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam.
PhD in Ophthalmology entry requirements
The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Ophthalmology usually involves 2:1 Bachelors in a related subject. A lower grade may be considered if you hold a Masters degree at a merit level in a related subject but you would need to discuss this with the admissions department. You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans. You may also need some professional experience in Ophthalmology, depending on the programme.
PhD in Ophthalmology funding options
In the UK, PhDs in Ophthalmology are funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) who provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached.
It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Ophthalmology (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.
If you are considering a part-time PhD in Ophthalmology, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you.
PhD in Ophthalmology careers
You may choose to become an ophthalmologist, or you may want to continue your research in your chosen area at a university, with the NHS or in the private sector. You could also teach and train medical students.