Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices (MSc) 2020 entry
This MSc provides postgraduate vocational training in lasers, optics, and semiconductors tailored to the needs of those seeking to enter photonics-based industry and university research. Students benefit from classes using the expertise at St Andrews and Heriot-Watt universities, followed by an around 3.5 month project, often with a UK photonics company. The industrial project allows real-world application of the material covered at the universities, and gives valuable experience in commercial photonics.
For 2020 entry, admission to the Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices MSc is administered by the University of St Andrews.
Postgraduate, leading to a Master of Science (MSc)
- Start date: 7 September 2020
- End date: 30 September 2021
Information about all programmes from previous years of entry can be found in the archive.
12 months full time
- A strong 2.2 Honours degree in physics, applied physics, electronic engineering, or equivalent qualifications. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
- English language proficiency. See postgraduate English language requirements.
The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.
UK and EU: £9,450
Applications are requested by the end of July 2020 but may be considered later. The admissions process will be run by the University of St Andrews for 2020. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be eligible for certain scholarships and for international visa purposes.
- personal statement (optional)
- two original signed academic references
- academic transcripts and degree certificates
- evidence of English language proficiency (required if English is not your first language).
For more guidance, see supporting documents and references for postgraduate taught programmes.
The lecture modules in this programme are delivered through lectures combined with tutorials, discussions and independent study; they are assessed through examinations and, in some cases, coursework. In the two lab modules, which are continuously assessed, students explore practical photonics for three afternoons a week.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2019–2020 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2020 entry.
- Optical Imaging Concepts: covers underpinning concepts such as ray-tracing, aberrations, and diffraction and addresses applications such as adaptive optics and optical coherence tomography.
- Laser Physics: presents a description of the main physical concepts upon which an understanding of laser materials, operations and applications can be based.
- One photonics application module: choose one from two or more application areas, for example biophotonics, applications of quantum physics and nanophotonics.
- Photonics Laboratory: gives training in experimental photonics and allows students the opportunity to explore photonics practically in a series of chosen open-ended investigations.
- Displays and Nonlinear Optics: topics include fibre optic attenuation, fibre amplifiers, and nonlinear fibres. The nonlinear optics section looks at second and third order nonlinear effects in fibres and in bulk media.
- Photonics Sensors and Systems: covers modern photonics sensing devices and systems, such as fibre sensors, quantum sensors, spectroscopic systems, single-photon detection, and bio-chemical sensing.
- Photonics Experimental Laboratory: develops students' skills in experimental design, exploration of physical concepts, and experimental skills.
- Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices: topics include light emitting diodes, laser diodes and photoemissive detectors.
The research and development project, which is often hosted by a UK company, is an ideal introduction to the optoelectronics and laser industry. It represents a great opportunity to get hands-on research and development experience in a commercial environment, working on a project that is important to the company concerned.
The project placement occupies 12 to 14 weeks from late May to August and is assessed in September through the submission of a dissertation (up to 15,000 words) and an oral exam.
The programme coordinator aims to find host companies for students on the programme. Companies who have recently hosted projects for students include:
- Ceres Holographics
- Helia Photonics
- M-Squared Lasers
- Taylor Hobson
- Unik Lasers.
The modules listed here are indicative, and there is no guarantee they will run for 2020 entry. Take a look at the most up-to-date modules in the module catalogue.