Clinical Ophthalmology and Vision Science MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: September 2022
  • Entry requirements: Successful completion of 3 years of a GMC recognised undergraduate basic medical education degree programme, with applicants in good academic and professional standing.
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Module details

MDSC230 – Introduction to Clinical Ophthalmology and Vision Science

In this introductory module, you will be prepared with the underpinning knowledge and relevant clinical skills to support you on your entry into COVIS placements. It is designed to consolidate, develop knowledge and skills gained to date during your undergraduate MBChB programme. You will learn key basic skills needed for activities in the clinical ophthalmology setting, focused on common patient presentations and core clinical procedural skills to support your activities in clinical placement modules. In addition, you will develop the transferable skills and behaviours necessary to engage with clinical decisions in complex and unpredictable contexts; and learn how to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions in support of patient-based medicine in the ophthalmology environment.

Clinical Placement Modules

MDSC231 – Anterior Segment Ophthalmology

This module focuses on Anterior Segment of the eye ophthalmic care focussing on both the acute and chronic investigation, management and scientific research of the common pathologies affecting the anterior segment of the eye including infectious keratitis, keratoconjunctivitis, keratoconus, glaucoma, cataract surgery and corneal transplantation. Understanding and interpretation of range of imaging modalities including anterior segment colour photography, corneal tomography, specular microscopy, confocal microscopy, Fluorescein/indocyanine green angiography and optical coherence tomography.

MDSC232– Posterior Segment Ophthalmology

This module focuses on Posterior Segment of the eye ophthalmic care focussing on both the acute and chronic investigation, management and scientific research of the common pathologies affecting the posterior segment of the eye including diabetic retinopathy, age -related macular degeneration, retinal detachment, macular surgical pathology (macular holes and epiretinal membrane) and ocular inflammation. Understanding and interpretation of range of imaging modalities including widefield colour imaging, autoflourescence, Fluorescein/indocyanine green angiography and optical coherence tomography.

MDSC233– Neuro-Ophthalmology

This module focuses on Neuro-ophthalmology and the visual system focussing on the clinical presentation/assessment, appropriate investigation and the acute and chronic management of the common pathologies affecting the neuro-ophthalmic and visual system including cases presenting with headaches, swollen optic nerve head, visual field defects, diplopia (double vision) or orbital pathologies affecting the visual system. Understanding and interpretation of a range of investigational tests and imaging modalities including visual field analysis, ocular motility tests, optical coherence tomography of the optic nerve head and nerve fibre layer, CT and MRI imaging of the orbit and visual pathway and new technologies that are under development.

MDSC234 – Clinical Trials Design and Governance

This module focuses on the key principles of high-quality clinical research trial design, development, conduct, governance, and delivery of outcomes, and builds on the theoretical underpinnings of research enquiry, the principles of critical appraisal and structured literature review. Clear, structured, and relevant contemporaneous examples of commercial national and international Phase I-IV clinical trials, non-commercial investigator driven trials and UoL translational research will also be used to illustrate the challenges in design and delivery of clinical trials. The clinical trials used will complement the experience gained in the parallel clinical placements in Ophthalmology.

The module will introduce the use and support of Clinical Trials Centres in the Royal Liverpool Hospital and Aintree Hospital along with UoL and NIHR Research Design Support services in the development of advanced study design.

MDSC235 – Ophthalmology Clinical Imaging

This module is intended to be longitudinal, running in parallel and complementing other placement modules, providing a stream of learning, a continuous resource and the opportunity to observe and reflect on the role of clinical imaging in diagnosis and treatment of patients in the ophthalmology environment. The module covers an introduction to ophthalmic imaging in the clinical setting. It outlines the scientific principles involved in the different imaging techniques and image formation and visits current issues in a modern eye department. It will refresh your MBChB knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathological appearances associated with ophthalmic imaging. It will then support your further learning in understanding the role of imaging modalities in the rapid and accurate diagnosis of eye diseases and introduce you to the transformative technological developments that will underpin future imaging modalities.

Research Modules

The modules are designed to complement the core clinical placement modules by providing structured academic research activities, revisiting subjects and topics covered in the core modules in greater detail and developing knowledge and research skills in accordance with the specific learning needs identified by you and your and supervisor(s).

MDSC236 Research Project 1  (30 credits)

Research project 1 focuses on the development of scholarly and research skills that are a critical part of developing future research active clinicians (Assessment - clinical research paper format).

MDSC237 Research Project 2  (30 credits)

Research project 2 focuses on the development of scholarly and research skills that are a critical part of developing future research active clinicians (project design and development eg activities and assessment associated with QIP).