Eye and Vision Sciences MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: EVMR/EVPR/EVMD


Eye and vision science research in Liverpool extends from basic molecular interactions through to health service implementation with the goal of translating our findings for the benefit of patients.Our non-clinical and clinical scientists from a range of backgrounds work closely together studying the mechanisms, prevention, early detection and treatment of eye diseases based on a core partnership between The Department of Eye and Vision Science in the research Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease, St. Paul's Eye Unit in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and The Directorate of Orthoptics and Vision Science in the Institute of Learning and Teaching.

Subject Overview

The key principle behind our research is the recognition over the last decade that to elucidate cell, organ or organismal function in health and disease requires an integrated approach utilising the best available cutting-edge technologies.

Studentships are supported by strong external collaborations, particularly with the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Hong Kong, IOBA at the University of Valladolid, The National Health Service Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) and the College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, and the CRaIVE collaboration with Bangor, Imperial, Leeds, Hull and Manchester Universities.

We offer MPhil, PhD, MD and post-doctoral training programmes that provide exposure to this excellent integrated programme. Studentships are also extensively supported by productive national and international collaborations and joint PhD study programmes. Many of our students also are recognised for the role they play in communicating the science to the wider community. On completing their PhDs many of our students go on to take competitive post-doctoral positions in the UK or overseas, or elect to take alternative career paths in the NHS, government or the commercial sector.

Key Facts

Partners we work with
We have close relationships with the following partners:

Arthritis Research UK, Research Councils UK, Nationla Institute of Health, Wellcome Trust

Why Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease?

Our research is translating into real world benefits.

We offer specialist research training programmes in all of these areas. Training in other areas is provided by the University's Graduate School. Our students are guided and supported throughout their studies by a regular Personal Development Review, and a programme of annual assessment including written reports, seminar presentations and advisory panels with experienced academics.