M.Sc. Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13280 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
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 of Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices

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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 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 4100 Year (EEA)

£4100(Home/EU); £13280 (Overseas)

Start date September  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
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)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices

  • 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 for Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices

No work experience is required.

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