The programme offers an alternative to clinical/laboratory research training for those students who do not wish to take time out of training. It will develop the trainee's academic portfolio and facilitate medical and surgical research projects essential to a research active career.
The programme runs on a semester basis over 2-4 years and involves approximately 10-15hrs of study each week in a flexible manner.
The programme is delivered using a purpose-built learning environment that supports a variety of learning styles, and allows students flexibility in their study patterns.
Core modules in each area of clinical ophthalmology are aligned to the curricula of the FRCSEd (Ophth) and FRCOphth. These are taught and assessed using a clinical problem-based approach, supported by systems-based review of the course material. Knowledge and understanding.
Academic modules (core and specialist) allow the student to explore research and teaching methodology, as well as develop skills which ensure an ability to analyse published evidence and explore interactive and written clinical communication skills. Students are required to complete an academic critique in an appropriate subspecialty area of work, such as that resulting from a publication in a peer reviewed journal.