Comparison of Pseudophakic Vision and Lifestyle Changes using different IOL designs

Apply now. PhD opportunity beginning on 1 October 2019 or 1 January 2020

Director of Studies: Dr Catriona Hamer 

2nd Supervisor: Dr Phillip Buckhurst

3rd Supervisor: Professor Gary Shum (, tel: +44 1752 636700 Ext: 5310)

4th Supervisor: Dr Hetal Buckhurst

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 01 October 2019 or 01 January 2020.

Project description

The project aims to investigate the relationship between visual corrections provided in cataract surgery and confidence and stability in mobility tasks.


Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a fully qualified, GOC registered Optometrist.


The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £17,000 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. An applicant normally required to pay overseas fees would have to pay the difference between the home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £12,285 per annum).

How to apply

If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Catriona Hamer. However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.

General information about applying for a research degree at University of Plymouth is available at:

You can apply via the online application form which can be found at: and select ‘Apply’.

Please mark your application FAO Sarah Carne and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Health Professions.

For more information on the admissions process contact Sarah Carne.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 25 August 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 25 September 2019 should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.