Scholarships and Student Funding

Ophthalmic Nurse Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available for nurses working in Ophthalmology who have been accepted for admission to the online MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology programme in academic year 2022-2023.


Each scholarship covers full tuition fees for each of the three years of this part-time online taught Masters degree which is accredited by The Royal College of Nursing. In the last five years (and compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic) an increasing role is being played by the ophthalmic specialist nurse in the Hospital Eye Services. These new scholarships are designed to support the education and training of nurses who are contributing to their national and/or local COVID-19 recovery plan for ophthalmology which will feature fewer consultant-led outpatient clinics. Safely devolving care to nurses in an identified group of patients is crucial to every ophthalmic department.


The scholarships will be awarded to ophthalmic nurses who are accepted for admission to the online learning MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology at the University of Edinburgh in 2022/23. Applicants should already have been offered a place at the University of Edinburgh and should have firmly accepted that offer or be intending to do so.


The scholarship will be awarded broadly on the basis of academic merit and evidence of a commitment to and involvement in their national and/or local COVID-19 recovery plan for ophthalmology and who have an interest in extending their role.

1. Complete an online EUCLID application for admission to the MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology

– instructions on the full application process can be found on the University’s degree finder page for the MSc in Primary Care in Ophthalmology. Deadline for EUCLID applications for admission is 26h August 2022. Wait for decision on application via EUCLID.

2. Complete the Ophthalmic Nurse Scholarship Application Form (Word document) and email it to Nicola Hamilton ( by 12 noon on 1st September 2022.



You will be asked to enter the following information on the form:

a) Name and University Application Number

Enter your name and University application number (UUN). You will have received a UUN from your online EUCLID application for a place on the MSc.

b) Your Profession

Tell us about your nursing role in Ophthalmology and how long you have been qualified.

c) Where You Are Based

Tell us where you reside, where you work and the name and type of employer (e.g., NHS). Tell us which health board(s)/Trust(s) you work for.

d) Personal Statement

Include a personal statement (maximum 500 words) in which you describe the following:

Your reason for applying for the Masters programme, how undertaking this course of study will benefit your career, and how you envisage this course enhancing your working practices to help your national and/or local ophthalmology services recover in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acknowledgement of your scholarship application will be provided by the ESO team in due course.

If your application for a scholarship is successful, you must meet all of the University’s eligibility criteria for an unconditional offer of a place on the MSc in Primary Care Ophthalmology which must also be accepted.

Please note that these scholarship awards are likely to be oversubscribed and there is no guarantee you will be successful.


All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday 9th September 2022.


This project has been supported by a financial grant from Bayer Plc. Bayer Plc has had no involvement whatsoever in the development or implementation of the project.

Related Links

MSc Primary Care Ophthalmology Guidance for Ophthalmic Nurses

Ophthalmology Masters

Online Learning at the University of Edinburgh

Applying to Study at Edinburgh

Entry Requirements

Edinburgh Surgery Online


Nicola Hamilton, Ophthalmology Programme Administrator



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