University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield

Ophthalmology and Orthoptics

The academic unit provides facilities for both clinical and laboratory based research; its close links with other units in the Medical School provide added expertise for investigative work in medically important areas; the Unit is currently involved in a range of research activities, 1 of the major areas being the study of the cytogenetics and cell biology of uveal melanomas; there are also research studies in eye movement, binocular vision and non accidental injury in infants.

Entry requirements

Relevant 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent from an approved institution; international candidates must have passed the PLAB examination or have obtained exemption from it.

Course modules

Research areas: Malignant melanoma of the uveal tract; investigation of the genetic alterations common to these tumours using techniques including cytogenetics; study of in vitro tumour behaviour to identify why certain tumours behave more aggressively; eye injuries in non-accidental injury in infancy; retinoblastoma: cell turnover; apoptosis; cell differentiation and angiogenesis; testing visual and binocular function in children; investigations into eye movements in the absence of normal binocular vision; the orthoptic effects of use of or withdrawal from opiates; integration of visual cues.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time - 3 years
MPhil Part-time - 4 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Sheffield S10 2TN Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

The Medical School
Telephone number: 
0114 222 5522