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Vision Science, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #179 (WUR) , AL,
Vision Science is a multidisciplinary field where basic scientists and clinicians focus on the discovery of new knowledge that will further our understanding of the eye and vision. This discovery includes virtually every scientific discipline where advances come from biologists, neuroscientists, optical engineers, epidemiologists, psychologists, optometrists, physicians and others


The Vision Science Graduate Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham provides comprehensive training for the next generation of leaders in vision science. 

Your decision to pursue graduate training in this program will place you at the center of one of the nation’s top biomedical research institutions and will immerse you in collaborative multidisciplinary research environment that is today’s model for biomedical research leadership. 

Moreover, our training environment will present opportunities for creative career paths such as dual degree programs with business, law and public health that will allow you to position yourself for a career as unique as your individual talents and interests

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Optics and Imaging - Optical properties of the eye
  • Ocular Anatomy, Physiology & Biochemistry 
  • Retina and Subcortical Systems
  • Central Visual Mechanisms

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

  • Submit transcripts and degree statement
  • Submit standardized test scores
  • Submit English proficiency test scores
  • Submit Citizenship/Immigration documents
  • Pay application fee
  • Complete Application Checklist
  • Identify three individuals to write recommendation letters
  • Submit personal essay
  • Submit resume/CV

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    18004 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18004 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    18004 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18004 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    8880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8880 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Birmingham

  • 1019 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

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