PhD/MPhil Optometry / Programme details
Year of entry: 2022
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Researchers in the Eye and Vision Sciences group work on basic science and clinical projects to improve our current understanding of the structure and function of the human visual system. Our PhD/MPhil Optometry programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve your understanding of Optometry.
Our postgraduate research in Optometry follows several key themes:
- Function and Dysfunction
The measurement of functional loss in various ophthalmic conditions, along with the evaluation and development of measurement technologies forms the basis of this theme.
- Visual Optics and Instrumentation
Optimal visual performance depends on the production and maintenance of a high-quality optical image on the central retina. In practice, the image may be degraded by refractive error, a failure to focus (accommodate) accurately, optical aberrations and scattering.
- Ocular Imaging
Researchers in ocular imaging use a spectrum of innovative techniques to visualise the tissues of the eye, from the corneal layers to the retina and the optic nerve head.
- Visual Psychophysics and Ocular Electrophysiology
Visual psychophysics explores the relationship between a range of visual stimuli and the sensations they evoke, whilst ocular electrophysiology investigates the signals passing along the visual pathway.
- Low Vision
Research in low vision concentrates on the design of aids, training in their use, and the appropriate measurement of treatment outcomes.
- Contact Lenses and the Cornea
Research into optimising the clinical performance of contact lenses and understanding the response of the ocular surface to contact lenses and their care solutions.
Research into the development of shortsightedness in childhood and interventions to manage its progression.
All of our postgraduate research students attend the Doctoral Academy Training Programme delivered by the Centre for Academic and Researcher Development (CARD).
The programme provides key transferable skills in areas such as commercial awareness, academic writing and public engagement. This training equips our postgraduates with the tools to progress beyond their research degree into influential positions within academia, industry and consultancy.
The emphasis is on enhancing skills critical to developing early-stage researchers and professionals, whether they relate to effective communication, disseminating research findings and project management skills.
See the training and development page for more information.
Teaching and learning
Applicants are specifically matched with a Primary Supervisor and individual project based on their research interests and background.
International applicants interested in this research area can also consider our PhD programme with integrated teaching certificate .
This unique programme will enable you to gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, whilst also carrying out independent research on your chosen project.
Scholarships and bursaries
Funded programmes and projects are promoted throughout the year. Funding is available through UK Research Councils, charities and industry. We also have other internal awards and scholarships for the most outstanding applicants from within the UK and overseas.