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 ultra-fast communications and industrial materials processing.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- Overseas Full-time: £20,900
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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 the 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 Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) 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 collaborates closely with a wide range of UK industries, using innovative teaching and learning techniques.
This 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.
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).
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:
A number of competitive EPSRC studentships are normally available for candidates liable to pay fees at the UK/EU rate.
The Institution of Engineering and Technology also awards competitive scholarships for postgraduate study; for further details please visit www.theiet.org
Scholarships available for this department
The Fleming Scholarship is named after the first head of our Department here at UCL, Sir John Ambrose Fleming,who is often known as the 'father of modern electronics' for his invention of the thermionic valve. The scholarship is awarded to the student entering the department with the best school/college examination performance, who qualifies for UK/EU fees status.
This is a joint programme part funded through GREAT funds and through contributions made by UK Universities. GREAT is a part of the UK Government’s campaign to show to the world the best of the UK, and UCL has 8 master's courses which are eligible for inclusion. No separate appliction is required; all eligible students will be assessed by their department.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
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English language proficiency level: Standard
How to apply
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014. 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.
We expect competition for places and funding to be highly competitive and all potential applicants should 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.
Dramatic progress has been made in the past few years in the field of photonic technologies. These advances have set the scene for a major change in commercialisation activity where photonics and electronics will converge in a wide range of information, sensing, display, and personal healthcare systems. Importantly, photonics will become a fundamental underpinning technology for a much greater range of companies outside the conventional photonics arena, who will in turn require those skilled in photonic systems to have a much greater degree of interdisciplinary training, and indeed be expert in certain fields outside photonics.
Our students are highly employable and have the opportunity to gain industry experience during their MRes year in large aerospace companies like Qioptiq, BAE Systems, Selex ES; medical equipment companies such as Hitachi; and technology and communications companies such as Toshiba through placements based both in the UK and overseas. Several smaller spin-out companies from both UCL and Cambridge also offer projects. The Centre organises industry day events which provide an excellent opportunity to network with senior technologists and managers interested in recruiting photonics engineers. A recent 2012 graduate is now working as a Fiber Laser Development Engineer for Coherent Scotland.
"Through UCL I’ve benefited from access to an internationally leading research community and from interaction with exceptional students."
Dr Tony Kenyon
Reader in Photonic Materials
"The access to industry I have gained at UCL has been particularly valuable: I managed to secure funding from the UCL Graduate School to spend one month in a proton therapy centre in the USA. This was vital as part of my work as we currently do not have such facilities or expertise in the UK."
Degree: Medical Physics PhD
Subject: Medical Physics and Bioengineering, Faculty: Engineering Sciences