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Cataract and Refractive Surgery (Theory) PGDip

Ulster University

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This course is designed in collaboration with The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (RCOphth). Students of refractive or cataract surgery are often in full-time employment and have difficulty attending taught courses. Hence, world renowned refractive surgeon, lecturer and researcher, Visiting Professor Dan Reinstein together with Course Director and Professor of Personalised Medicine Tara Moore, undertook a full restructuring of the original course including an entirely new laser refractive section of the course including over 30 hours of fully narrated lectures, asynchronous discussion and testing forums and self-assessment tests. The course includes contributions from many internationally renowned refractive surgery specialists such as Professors Jorge Alio, David O’Brart, Renato Ambrosio, Noel Alpins, Charles Claoue, D. Jackson Coleman, to name a few. This enables students to study in their own time and location with the support of e-tutors and course discussion pages. Weekly discussion themes are based on different case scenarios.

At present, cataract and refractive surgery is poorly taught in most countries. In the UK, there is no formal training in refractive surgery and most people who undertake refractive surgery teach themselves with some help from the short introductory courses available from different organisations around the world and specific instrumentation courses organised by the manufacturers. The course aims to develop the qualities and transferable skills necessary for the understanding of the key theoretical elements necessary for effectively assisting or performing Cataract and Refractive Surgery. The majority of students undertaking this online programme will do so for their continued professional development within their individual areas of employment for career enhancement.

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University information

Ulster University

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  • Campus address

    Ulster University, Cromore Road, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland

Renowned for its warm welcome, Ulster recruits international students from over 100 countries across the globe and has over 200,000 alumni worldwide.
Ulster delivers a world-class UK university experience with the added benefit of being one of the UK's most affordable locations.
An international student experience team delivers a bespoke orientation programme and offers pastoral support to international students during their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 14 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 180
    139 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    86 86%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.48 90%



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