Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems MRes

London, Bloomsbury

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.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£5,690
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£30,270
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

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

ATAS statement

If you are intending to apply for a time-limited visa to complete your UCL studies (e.g., Student visa, Skilled worker visa, PBS dependant visa etc.) you may be required to obtain ATAS clearance. This will be confirmed to you if you obtain an offer of a place.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

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. Students who successfully complete the full four-year programme (1yr MRes + 3yr PhD) 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.

What this course will give you

UCL and the University of Cambridge have established an exciting Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems (CEPS), leveraging their strong collaborations in research and innovation. Both institutions are amongst the world's leading research universities and boast academic excellence.

The combined strengths of UCL and University of Cambridge provide a training environment in connected electronic and photonic systems that is hard to beat, worldwide.

The CEPS 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.

This Master's degree aims to create graduates with the skills, confidence and ability to drive future research, development and exploitation in the field of photonic technologies.

As photonics becomes a fundamental underpinning technology in electronics-based systems and applications within communications, sensing, manufacturing and biomedicine, MRes graduates will be well-prepared for a career in this multi-disciplinary field or to conduct powerful, influential research.

The foundation of your career

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, Microsoft and European Space Agency, and through projects with other industry partners such as Huber+Suhner Polatis and VividQ.

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.

Employability

Dramatic progress is being made 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 is now a fundamental underpinning technology for companies both within and 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.

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).

Modules

Full-time

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Students take two compulsory research projects (45 credits each), one transferable skills module (15 credits), two optional modules (15 credits each), one business module (15 credits) and two elective modules (15 credits each). Students also attend a non-credit bearing workshop in Responsible Research and Innovation.

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.

Optional modules

  • Radio frequency systems
  • Embedded System for the Internet of Things
  • RF circuit and systems
  • Photonic systems
  • Photonic subsystems
  • Optical fibre communication
  • Optical transmission network
  • Advanced Photonic Devices
  • Wireless Communications
  • Management of Technology (business)
  • Telecommunication business environment (business)

Elective modules

  • Nanotechnology
  • Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  • Computer vision
  • Advanced information theory and 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
  • Entrepreneurship: theory and practice

Dissertation/report

All students undertake two research mini-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 first, 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).

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 undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MRes in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems.

Accessibility

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £5,690
Tuition fees (2022/23) £30,270

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

EPSRC funded studentships are available for UK students who meet residency requirements. The Institution of Engineering and Technology also awards competitive scholarships for postgraduate study; for further details please visit http://www.theiet.org

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

Next steps

When we assess your application we would like to learn what attracts you to the 4-year Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems programme, why you want to study at UCL, how your academic and professional background meets the demands of the programme, and where you would like to go professionally with your degree. Together with meeting the academic pre-requisites, your personal statement should demonstrate how your reasons for applying match what the programme will deliver. Applications are invited from graduates with a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree (2:1) 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. We accept applications from November for the following academic year. Competition for places is high so students are advised to apply as early as possible for pre-screening. 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.ceps-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 full application to UCL or University of Cambridge using the standard application forms: UCL full application: https://tinyurl.com/mujf2fpt. University of Cambridge full application: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/directory/egegmripe.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021