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Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems 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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT)

Application deadlines

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.

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

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.

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

Options

  • 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

Dissertation/report

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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems MRes

Funding

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 relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Brown Family Bursary

Value:
£15,000 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK students
Criteria:
Based on both academic merit and financial needs

Fleming Scholarship

Value:
£4,000(1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

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.

Employability

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.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 41 staff › 80 taught students › 140 research students

Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering

Degree reviews

Staff review

"Through UCL I’ve benefited from access to an internationally leading research community and from interaction with exceptional students."

Dr Tony Kenyon

Subject: PhD training in EEE EngD in Molecular Modelling and Materials, Science CDT in Photonics Systems Development, Nanotechnology MSc, and Wireless and Optical Communications MSc

Application and next steps

Applications

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.

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.

Application deadlines

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.

For more information see our Applications page.

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