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Ophthalmology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 13 Ophthalmology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

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.

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Improving the genetic prediction of myopia

This project will develop an improved genetic test for identifying children at-risk of developing myopia and high myopia. The studentship is funded by the College of Optometrists. Read more
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Leveraging Mobile Technology and Machine Learning for Enhanced Visual Function Assessment in Inherited Retinal Diseases

PhD study funded by Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) studentships in Computer Science. Highlights. Implementing an innovative, smartphone-based AI eye tracking system to facilitate early detection and continuous monitoring of inherited retinal diseases (IRDs). Read more

Engineering extracellular vesicles/exosomes for the treatment of ocular disease

Extracellular vesicles, also referred to as exosomes, are membrane‐bound particles containing huge numbers of proteins as well as genetic material in the form of RNA (mRNA and miRNA). Read more

Developing therapies targeting inflammation and dysfunctional matrix biology in neurological and ocular disease

We are seeking talented, motivated students with a passion for research in inflammation and matrix biology in the eye and brain to join our team co-led by Dr Lisa Hill https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/clinical-sciences/hill-lisa.aspx and Dr Hannah Botfield https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/staff/profiles/inflammation-ageing/botfield-hannah.aspx. Read more

MSc By Research: Unravelling the mechanisms controlling anterior eye development

The MSc by Research programme at the University of Aberdeen is for students interested in a research-intensive master's degree. It is designed specifically to enhance your skills for a PhD or research career. Read more

The circadian clock as a regulator of information processing

Endogenous biological clocks are a ubiquitous feature of living organisms, driving rhythms in countless cellular and physiological functions, and influencing almost all biological processes. Read more

Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

Founded in 1784 as the professional body for surgical training in Ireland, RCSI has evolved in the years since to become one of the world's leading health sciences universities. Read more

Designing an Internet-based intervention for carers and adults with acquired visual loss

  Research Group: Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group
Research Group. Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group. Proposed supervisory team. Prof Peter Allen. Dr Eldre Beukes. Prof Gerhard Andersson (External). Read more

Application of Visual Neuroscience to Optometric Clinical Practice

  Research Group: Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group
Research Group. Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group. Proposed supervisory team. Prof Peter Allen. Dr Jarrod Hollis. Theme. Read more
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