The MRes in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems is taught at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training, a joint centre with UCL and the University of Cambridge. Students study at both universities and benefit from the combined strengths and academic excellence of two institutions. The MRes degree is awarded by the university at which the student is registered. This degree was formerly known as MRes in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems.
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Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
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.
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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About this degree
The MRes degree aims to train students in the skills needed to produce connected electronic and photonic systems for information, sensing, communications, manufacturing and personal healthcare systems. Students can choose from a programme of specialised modules including electronics, biotechnology, circuits and sensors, quantum and nano-technologies, machine learning and the internet of things.
As well as developing a solid foundation in photonic systems and advanced research skills, students will also gain a good understanding of the industry. On successful completion of the MRes students should be equipped to embark on their PhD with confidence.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
Students take two compulsory research projects (90 credits), one transferable skills module (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits), one business module (15 credits) and one elective module (15 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
Students choose three optional modules from the following:
- Radio frequency systems
- Embedded System for the Internet of Things
- Electronic sensors and instrumentation
- RF circuit and systems
- Photonic systems
- Optical fibre communication
- Optical transmission network
- Telecommunication business environment
- Management of Technology
- Radio Frequency Systems
- Advanced Photonic Devices
- Photonic subsystems
Students choose a further two elective modules from the list below:
- Analogue integrated circuits
- Computer vision
- Advanced information theory and coding
- Flexible and stretchable electronics
- Devices for high frequency electronics and biosensing
- Image processing and image coding
- Physics and optics of nanostructures
- Broadband technologies and components
- Broadband communication lab
- Applied machine learning
- Software for network and services design
- Internet of things
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment. Module content and availability is subject to change.
- Further information about these modules is available on the department website.
All students undertake two research projects; one part-time (45 credits) and one full-time (45 credits).
Both projects culminate in a dissertation/report of up to 10,000 words each. An oral presentation is also required for the part-time project.
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, a presentation and design work).
EPSRC funded studentships are available for UK and EU students who meet residency requirements.
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.
- This scheme is now closed for 2020/21
- £15,000 (1 year)
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 research and commercialisation activity where electronics, photonics and wireless converge in information, sensing, communications, manufacturing and healthcare systems.
Photonics has become a fundamental underpinning technology for companies outside the conventional photonics arena. These companies require employees (graduates and researchers) with a much greater degree of interdisciplinary training; to be experts in both photonics and related fields.
Our students are highly employable and have the opportunity to gain industry experience during their MRes year through placements in large technology and communications companies such as Toshiba and Microsoft and through projects with other industry partners.
The CDT organises events which provide an excellent opportunity for students to network with senior technologists and managers interested in recruiting photonics engineers.
Recent roles our graduates have undertaken include a fibre laser development engineer, a patent attorney, a computational physicist, a development scientist, a senior photonics engineer and postdoctoral researchers.
Why study this degree at UCL?
UCL and the University of Cambridge have established an exciting Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS), leveraging their current strong collaborations in research and innovation. Both UCL and University of Cambridge are amongst the world’s leading research universities and boast high levels of academic excellence. The combined strengths of the two institutions provides a training environment in connected electronic and photonic systems that is hard to beat, worldwide.
The CDT 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.
The centre aims to create graduates with the skills, confidence and ability to drive future technology research, development and exploitation, as photonics becomes fully embedded in electronics-based systems and applications ranging from communications to sensing, industrial manufacture and biomedicine.
Department: Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Application and next steps
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 science, engineering and physics backgrounds 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.
Student who successfully complete the full four-year programme (1yr MRes + 3yr PhD) students will not only have expert knowledge in the area of photonic systems development but also the teamwork, communication, leadership, project management and problem solving skills highly prized by industry.
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
We accept applications from October for the following academic year.
Competition for places is high so students are advised to apply as early as possible for pre-screening (ideally apply before May for September intake). We may close the application window before the above deadline if all available places are allocated.
Candidates should submit a pre-application screening form at: https://www.ipes-cdt.org/join/pre-application-form
This does not constitute a formal application but allows the centre to assess a candidate’s suitability before making a formal application.
Suitable candidates will be invited to interview, and if successful encouraged to make a formal application to the University of Cambridge or UCL using the standard application form.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?
Applications are invited from graduates with a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant science or engineering discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Applicants with other relevant qualifications or extensive relevant industry experience who can show evidence of a scientific and engineering research capability may also apply.
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