M.Sc. Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13280 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
    GBP4100 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )
  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
Heriot-Watt University | Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Previously called Optoelectronic and Laser Devices, this MSc course has been updated and enhanced, recognising the explosive growth of the UK and global photonics industry, fostered by the world-wide expansion in the exploitation of optical in telecommunications.

Description

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The photonics research groups in the physics departments of Heriot-Watt and St. Andrews Universities are internationally renowned, and have many links with industrial and university groups around the world. Major activities are based around optoelectronics, laser development, semiconductor physics, materials technology, ultra-fast phenomena, modern optics, and instrumentation. This expertise is brought to the teaching of our one-year taught MSc course.

Students spend one semester at each university, and then undertake a three-month research project, normally in a UK company. Companies participating in recent years include Bookham Technologies, BAE Systems, Edinburgh Sensors, Cambridge Display Technology, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Indigo Photonics, Intense Photonics, Kamelian, Nortel, Renishaw, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Thales, Sharp and QinetiQ.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 13280 per year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    )
  • GBP 4100 per year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

    )

£4100(Home/EU); £13280 (Overseas)

Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

  • Introductory Laser Physics (St Andrews, 27)
  • Advanced Laser Physics (St Andrews, 27)
  • Ultrafast Photonics (Heriot-Watt, 10)
  • Modern Optics
  • Nonlinear Optics and Modulators (St Andrews, 20)
  • Optifal Design, Fourier Optics & Holography(Heriot-Watt, 20)
  • Photonics in BioMedicine (St Andrews, 20)
  • Photonic Materials
  • Semiconductor Physics (10)
  • Polymers and Liquid-Crystals (10)
  • Materials Growth & Fabrication (10)
  • Optoelectronic Devices
  • Semiconductor Devices (20)
  • Telecommunications & Optical Fibres (20)
  • Optical Instrumentation and Sensors (10)
  • Photonic Crystals(8)
  • Technical Communication and Business Awareness
  • Optoelectronics in Industry
  • Innovation & Team Work ~ 20 hours.
  • Business Awareness
  • Literature surveys & Report writing
  • Poster & Oral presentations
  • Laboratory and Project Work

English Language Requirements

IELTS Take IELTS test
6.5
CAE score
180(Grade C)

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Requirements

  • Applicants from the UK should have at least a 2ii degree in physics or electrical engineering or related, with the best qualified students likely to have priority. Applicants from other countries should possess similar qualifications, and will also need to show evidence of competence in the English language. Applicants should be aware that this is a physics-based degree, so a good working knowledge of physical and mathematical concepts is needed.
  • For those whose first language is not English, we normally require one of:- an IELTS average score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 6.0 for both reading and writing; TOEFL paper-based score of at least 580, or computer based at least 240; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English of at least grade C.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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