UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IOO) Summer Research Programme

Friday, March 8, 2019

UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IOO) Summer Research Programme


 The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IOO) Summer Research Programme invites students from Liberal Arts Faculties with an opportunity to engage in experiential learning in UCL's world-renowned research laboratories. This programme is intended to prepare, inspire and support students who want to engage in research.


 As a participant in one of our URPs, you will become immersed in the working environment of world-leading scientists and clinicians. You will learn about what is involved to solve some of the most pressing health issues of our times by faculty who are leading the front. You will find yourself interacting with leaders in bioscience, stem cell research, immunology, regenerative medicine, epidemiology, genetics, neuroscience, imaging, ophthalmology and data science. You will also learn about our world-leading masters and PhD. programmes at UCL and develop invaluable connections to assist you in your future endeavours.


You are invited to apply if you are an undergraduate student currently in your junior or senior year, with a GPA of 3.7 or Higher.  

Alternatively, if you have a GPA of less than 3.5 - 3.7, we may still consider your application if you have more extensive research experience. Support your application with: 

  • Official Transcript
  • Cover Letter 


The programme begins on 1st of July - 19th of August 2019.

Students have the option to take up a 3 - 8 week residency.

All Students are expected to attend a minimum of three weeks. The first week will be an intensive week of research in practice. 

The cost of the programme is £500 per week, which equates to: 

4 weeks: £2,000

8 weeks: £2,000 

Living expenses are not included. All students are supported with the pre arrival process, visa, housing, supervision. Please get in touch if you'd like us to help you calculate your total cost of attendance.



One of our many advantages is being in the centre of London and collaborating with Moorfields Eye Hospital. Our programmes at the Institute build on our outstanding clinical and industrial links in London, helping our students to build exciting academic and research careers.



At UCL we are proud of our pioneering history, our distinguished present and our exciting future. Academic excellence and conducting research that addresses real-world problems inform our ethos to this day and our plans for the future. With our academic reputation, excellent facilities and central London location, UCL is a great place to be an undergraduate engaging in a summer of research.

Ranked 1st in the UK for research strength 2014.
Rated 7th in the QS World University Rankings 2018. 
29 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to people who are, or were, students or academics at UCL.


For further inquiries on the project or collaborations, please contact:  Professor Nora Ann Colton D.Phil. PFHEA 
UCL's IOO Admissions
+44 0 771 253 2309 

 We hope the experience will lead you to possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research.