FRCOphth Part 1 Revision Course

This intensive revision course covers the major basic science topics covered in both the Royal College of Ophthalmologists' FRCOphth Part I Fellowship exam and the International Council of Ophthalmology's Basic Science assessment..

Course Overview

The FRCOphth Part 1 Revision Course has been running at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology (IoO) for the last 20 years by academics and alumni from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, Moorfields Eye Hospital and other leading ophthalmic centres. This four-day online intensive revision course will consist of a series of pre-recorded lectures, with early online access available to registrants. The course will also feature live Q&A sessions throughout the four-day period between 5:00pm and 7:00pm, providing delegates the opportunity to discuss the topics directly with the lecturers.

Course Structure

Course material is organised into four sessions designed to be studied one per day over the four-day period, with study leave taken if required. Featured topics include:

  • Biology of the cell

  • Nervous system and vision

  • Immunology

  • Pharmacology

  • Optics and theoretical refraction

  • Anatomy of the head and neck

  • General physiology

  • Microbiology

  • General principles of pathology

There is an additional option to study over a slightly longer period of time - in the evenings and at weekends - and NOT take study leave if preferred. When taking this option it is strongly recommended to access the sessions in the same order as for the intensive course and to watch all lectures ahead of the scheduled four days so that all course materials have been covered in advance of the daily Q&A sessions.


A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.


In order to access the programme online, you will need access to a computer (laptop or desktop) with a webcam and microphone. You will also need access to a free zoom account and a stable broadband connection. We also strongly recommend that you access the programme in a quiet environment.


Please note that booking for this course is via the UCL website - no places are available through the Moorfields website.

Start Date 13/09/2022 - 16/09/2022
Duration 4 days

Course fees


Great lecture and interaction. Enables us to apply our knowledge of anatomy to clinical cases. - Luke M.

Taught by


Prof Virginia L. Calder

Virginia L. Calder, Ph.D is a Professor in Ocular Biology at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. She is a Departmental Graduate Tutor in the Faculty of Brain Sciences, and has many years of experience in providing practical and pastoral care. She has supervised more than 30 undergraduate laboratory-based projects, as well as several students undertaking MSc, MD and PhD studies. Virginia has published over 75 papers in peer-review journals and 15 book chapters. She is the Director of four UCL Masters Modules: Ocular Immunology; Translating Science into the Clinic; Research in Practice; Basic Science for ophthalmologists.