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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
GBP 5000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 18000 per year

All study options

About Industrial Photonics at Faculty of Science, University of Strathclyde

Why this course?

You'll be trained in the area of photonics by the UK's No 1 physics department for research quality.

This course will train physicists and engineers in the area of photonics, which is a key enabling technology, underpinning many areas of industry.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake a three-month research or development project based with one of our industrial partners such as M Squared Lasers.

We have a long tradition of cutting-edge photonics research, which supports our courses. Much of this work has resulted in significant industrial impact through our spin-out companies and academic-industrial collaborations.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills by taking courses delivered by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

You'll study

The course is made up of two semesters of taught classes, followed by a three-month research project based with one of our industrial partners. The majority of your classes are delivered by the Department of Physics and cover the following:

  • research and grant writing skills, which are valuable in both academic and commercial settings
  • project training, including entrepreneurial and innovation skills training and a literature survey preparing for the project in the company
  • topics in photonics, covering laser physics, laser optics and non-linear optics
  • optical design, where you will learn about advanced geometrical optics and apply this knowledge to the design of optical systems, through the use of modern optical design software
  • photonic materials and devices, focusing on semiconductor materials physics and micro/nano-structures
  • advanced photonic devices and applications, covering quantum well structures, waveguides and photonic crystals
These classes are complemented by two classes delivered by the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, which look at:
  • system engineering and electronic control which forms a key part of modern optical systems
  • photonic systems, where fibre optic communications systems and principles of photonic networks are discussed

Work placement

You'll be based with one of our industrial partners for a three-month project placement. This is your opportunity to experience how research and development operate within a commercial environment. It'll also give you a chance to form strong links with industry contacts.

The project is put forward by the company and supervised by both industrial and academic staff. Training on relevant skills and background will be received before and during the project.

Facilities

Scotland has a world-leading position in optics and photonics industry.Your project will be carried out mainly in the excellent facilities of our Scottish industry partners. Projects elsewhere in the UK and with international companies may also be possible.

Advanced research facilities are also available in:

Our research is strongly supported in equipment and infrastructure. This includes a newly opened 3-storey wing in the John Anderson Building as part of a £13M investment programme in Physics. Furthermore, the IoP and FCAP have recently relocated into the University's Technology & Innovation Centre (TIC) which at £90 million TIC is Strathclyde's single-biggest investment in research and technology collaboration capacity. This new centre will accelerate the way in which researchers in academia and industry collaborate and innovate together in a new specifically designed state-of-the-art building in the heart of Glasgow.

Guest lectures

You'll attend the seminar series of the Institute of Photonics and Fraunhofer Centre of Applied Photonics with distinguished guest speakers giving a first-hand overview of the rapid development in applied photonics research.

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • First round of scholarship distribution: 20 May 2017
  • Remaining scholarship distribution: 30 June 2017

Study options for this course

Notes about fees for this course

Fees & funding

Fees

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2017/18 - £5,000

Rest of UK

  • 2017/18 - £6,000

International

  • 2017/18 - £18,000

How can I fund my course?

Financial support for Scottish and EU students may be available on a case-by-case basis which will be supported by the industrial partners. Selection will be based on an excellent academic record and/or industrial experience and the promise of a successful career in Industrial Photonics.

Please indicate that you apply for such a scholarship in the "Funding" section of the application form. You'll also need to provide a CV and a statement explaining your interests and motivation with your application. This will inform the decision on a possible scholarship.

For more information, just get in touch with the Department of Physics.

Available scholarships

We currently have a scholarship available for this course.

You must be able to demonstrate academic excellence based on your previous study along with the promise of a successful career in Industrial Photonics. Relevant previous industrial experience will be considered.

Deadline

The first round of applications closes on 20th May 2017, and a second one will close on the 30th June 2017.?

How to apply

Apply for this scholarship via our scholarship search.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You'll need a first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in physical science or electronic & electrical engineering. You'll also need suitable references and acceptance by one of our partner companies to carry out the Master project work with them.

Please also provide a CV and a statement detailing your interests and motivation and send these in with your application.

Other qualifications may be considered for the MSc, including industrial experience.

You may also be invited for an interview.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS 6.0 with no individual score lower than 5.5.

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