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Photonics Systems Development MRes

The Photonics Systems Development MRes, taught at the University of Cambridge and UCL Doctoral Training Centre in Photonics Development, aims to train students to PhD level in the skills needed to produce new photonic systems for applications ranging from information display to broadband access and industrial materials processing.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme offers a wide range of specialised courses, including electronics and biotechnology. Students gain a foundation training in the scientific basis of photonics and systems, and develop a good understanding of industry. They are able to design an individual bespoke programme to reflect their prior experience and future interests.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The University of Cambridge and UCL have recently established an exciting new Doctoral Training Centre in Photonic Systems Development, leveraging their current strong collaborations in research and innovation.

The centre provides doctoral training using expertise drawn from a range of disciplines, and will collaborate closely with a wide range of UK industries, using innovative teaching and learning techniques.

This new doctoral centre, aims to create graduates with the skills and confidence able to drive future technology research, development and exploitation, as photonics becomes fully embedded in electronics-based systems applications ranging from communications to sensing, industrial manufacture and biomedicine.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (45 credits), one option (15 credits), two research skills modules (30 credits) and two research projects (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Foundation Course: Trends in Photonics Systems (not credit bearing)
  • Bio-physical Technology
  • Photonics
  • Innovation and Business


  • Solid State Devices and Chemical/Bio Sensors
  • Electronic Sensors and Instrumentation
  • Computer Vision and Robotics
  • Image processing and image coding
  • Optical Transmission and Networks
  • Nanotechnology and Healthcare
  • RF Circuits and Sub-Systems
  • Building an Internet Router


All students undertake two research projects. An independent research project (45 credits) and an industry project (45 credits).

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects, seminars, and laboratory work. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination and coursework (written assignments and design work).

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. We accept applications from November for the following academic year, and students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

We expect competition for places and funding to be highly competitive and recommend potential applicants submit the pre-application screening form, found at the following location: www.photonicsystems.org/join/preapplyform Please note that this does not constitute a formal application. Following initial consideration of your pre-application, successful candidates will be invited to make a formal application to Cambridge or UCL using the standard application form.

Who can apply?

This MRes is ideal for students from a range of backgrounds including engineering and physics, who wish to continue their research to PhD level. It is designed as a foundation year in a four-year programme, and the outcome of the first year will determine progression to the PhD degree.

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