Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

 
  

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Qualification
MRes/MSc (by research)/MPhil/PhD/DM
Duration
MRes/MSc (by research) 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; MPhil 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time; PhD/DM 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Entry requirements
Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification
IELTS
6.5 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April, July 
Campus
Medical School
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

Lead by Professor Harminder Dua, Academic Ophthalmology has established itself as an internationally recognised centre of excellence in the management of complex ocular surface disorders. Nationally it is without doubt one of the leading centres in this area attracting tertiary referrals of patients from consultant ophthalmologist colleagues from across the country and internationally. The unit boasts an excellent track record in the areas of corneal transplantation, ocular surface reconstruction including amniotic membrane and stem cell transplantation.

Our applied laboratory research has already directed clinical practice in the eye banks, amniotic membrane preparation, storage and use, and more through development of clinical techniques namely, fine needle diathermy occlusion of corneal vessels, a new classification of chemical burns, sequential sector conjunctival epitheliectomy and alcohol delamination of the corneal epithelium for diagnostic and therapeutic indications. These have been adopted by several centres across the world. Recently, we have discovered a new layer in the pre-Descemets zone of the deep stroma (Dua’s layer) that will have profound effect on lamellar corneal surgery and posterior corneal pathology.

Dr Andrew Hopkinson coordinates a multidisciplinary team of clinical and basic science translational researchers in the field of ocular regenerative medicine. The current areas of particular focus include amniotic membrane research as a biological wound dressing, tissue engineering corneal mimetic biological and synthetic constructs for transplantation, limbal stem cells and development of mesenchymal stem cell as a replacement ocular stem cells. Future developments hope to involve engineering corneal endothelium for corneal regeneration.

Mr Winfried Amoaku leads the retinal vascular diseases, ocular neovascularization, and low vision research team. Their laboratory research focus is improving the understanding of disease and treatment mechanisms of retinal vascular disease, including ocular neovascular diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. These diseases are the most common cause of irreversible blindness in the western world and the group’s clinical research investigates the treatment of these diseases, and rehabilitation of those with resultant low vision.

Other areas of future research development includes expanding the divisions extensive ocular immunology research program into antimicrobial peptides (defensins) towards developing innovate antibiotic-free pharmacological therapies for the treatment of infections. We also encourage novel research avenues under the umbrella of translational research and regenerative medicine.

The unit has a track record of close collaboration in clinical, and basic multidisciplinary research at all levels both nationally and internationally. This international recognition for translational research encourages international students, clinicians and scientists wishing to undertake research studies within the department. Previous and existing exchanges have resulted in publications in leading international journals.

 

Facilities

School of Medicine Facilities

The School of Medicine has world-class laboratory facilities, incorporating the latest technologies and specialist services.

Read about our laboratory facilities and clinical services.

 

 

Research support

Training

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre provides a formal training course which covers a variety of transferable skills targeted specifically at students studying within the faculty. The course is credit weighted with particular parts of the course being compulsory/obligatory.

In addition The Graduate School has a dedicated training team who provide a comprehensive generic research training programme comprising over 80 different courses.  This central programme exists to complement the more discipline-specific research training mentioned above.

 

Pastoral care

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond.

The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.

 

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.
 

Funding

Home/EU students

The University is very successful in attracting sponsorship for research students, particularly from the Research Councils through competitions and annual allocations and with the European Commission’s Marie Curie programme. Please refer to the Graduate School for more information. Studentship opportunities are also available. 

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 

The International Office offers a range of scholarship opportunities.  
 

Careers

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine & Health Services who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,925 with the highest being £70,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research

 
 

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