The MSc in Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices is a 12-month taught programme run jointly by the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews and the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, which makes available to students the combined diversity of research equipment and expertise at both universities.
Students take modules at St Andrews in Semester 1 and Heriot-Watt in Semester 2, followed by approximately 3.5 months working on a project, which is usually with an optoelectronics company.
Teaching comprises lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Lecture classes are relatively small, with typically around 20-30 students in a class. Lecture modules are assessed largely through examinations at the end of each semester whereas the laboratory work is assessed continuously. The lecture and lab modules develop important skills and knowledge that can be used in the summer project. The project is an on-the-job investigation or development of some aspect of photonics, often in a commercial setting.
Well-equipped teaching laboratories allow you to explore the science of photonics and interact directly with academic staff and the School’s early-career researchers. Teaching staff are accessible to students and enjoy explaining the excitement of physics and its applications.
Students are also encouraged to attend relevant research seminars and departmental discussions given by research staff from other universities and specialists from the industry.
The lecture modules in this programme are delivered through lectures combined with tutorials, discussions and independent study; they are assessed through examinations and, in some cases, coursework. In the two lab modules, which are continuously assessed, students explore practical photonics for three afternoons a week.
For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see the latest module catalogue which is for the 2017–2018 academic year; some elements may be subject to change for 2018 entry.
The proposed master program aims at training students in fundamental, both theoretical and experimental, physics with applications in photonics, nanotechnology, and quantum technologies. This combination, innovative at the level of a master program, is well aligned with priority investments in research at the European and international level, with thematic areas of growing demand for highly trained students, able to embark in a doctoral programme. This two-year master programme, fully taught in English for international students, is part of the Graduate School of Sciences of the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC). It consists in both lessons and research project (3 month during the first year) / internship (5 months during the second year). This training program will be based on the internationally highly recognised research activities of the underlying laboratories ICB, Dijon and FEMTO-ST, Besançon.
This two-year master programme, fully taught in English for international students, combines macroscopic with nano- and quantum-scale topics. The programme aims at developing and improving students’ skills in fundamental optical physics, optical fibre communications, optoelectronics, laser technologies, ultrafast femtosecond optics, quantum information science, nanophotonics, nano-microscopy and nano-biosciences. This combination, innovative at the level of a master program, is well aligned with priority investments in research at the European and international level, and with thematic areas of growing demand for highly trained students.
The master programme is part of the Graduate School of Sciences of the University Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC), Engineering and Innovation through Physical Sciences and High-technologies (EIPHI), which also includes a doctoral programme in the same topics.
Almost half of the programme is devoted to research project (3 month during the first year) & internship (5 months during the second year) in an international research team, leading to a master thesis aiming at the standards of a research article. This training program will be based on the internationally highly recognised research activities of the underlying laboratories ICB, Dijon and FEMTO-ST, Besançon, both having high international visibility in photonics, quantum technologies, nanotechnology and Engineering Sciences with researchers of high reputation.
Teaching consists of lectures, seminars by international researchers (both from the ICB & FEMTO-ST laboratories and from international partner universities), class tutorials, practical training & research work in laboratory, soft skills by professional coaches, technology and entrepreneurial courses by industrial partners, and French culture and language.
Photonics is a very dynamic industrial sector in Europe and holds the potential for huge market growth. It has a substantial leverage effect on the European economy and workforce: 20-30% of the economy and 10% of the workforce depend on photonics, directly impacting around 30 million jobs. The master program offers intensive educational activities based on research activities of photonics, including nanophotonics and quantum technologies. It focuses on fundamental & applied research mainly targetting PhD programs, which will lead to recruitment in academia or in industry. A need of master degree students in the field of photonics & nanotechnologies, including specialties in quantum technologies boosted by the European flagship in Quantum Technologies (launched in 2018), able to embark on a PhD program both in academia & industry will strongly increase in a near future.
The master's Alumni Office helps alumni keep in touch with each other and organises alumni events.
The two-year master program takes place at the University of Burgundy-Franche Comté, located in the scenic cities of Dijon & Besançon. The former capital city of the Duchy of Burgundy, Dijon is a medium-size French city, where you can enjoy a vibrant and active cultural life, as well as quick getaways to the countryside and the world famous neighbouring vineyards of the so-called “Golden coast” (city center, climates of the Burgundy vineyard, and gastronomy listed as world heritage sites in Dijon by Unesco). Life in Dijon is very affordable and accommodation easily accessible. The city is well-equipped with modern tramway and bus lines, making commuting between any place in Dijon and the University easy and convenient. Dijon is also host of several top-level professional sports teams (football, basketball, handball, rugby…), while also offering a large diversity of sports facilities.
Students eligible to the master program PPN must have obtained a degree equivalent to or higher than a Bachelor of Science. Background knowledge in general physics, optics, electromagnetism and quantum physics is mandatory. Candidates must have very good academic qualifications and a very good practice of English.
Many scholarships will be awarded each year to high quality foreign students.
During the first year, students have to pass the examinations associated with the Master 1 (60 ECTS credits) in order to proceed to the second year, Master 2 (60 ECTS), including research project and master thesis (33 ECTS).
For further information about how to apply, please directly contact the head of the master program, Professor Stéphane Guérin ([email protected]) and visit the webpage (http://www.ubfc.fr/formationen/).
Please also visit our dedicated webpage (http://blog.u-bourgogne.fr/master-ppn/).
Whether you intend to gain skills and expertise that will enable you to take up a position in a key industrial sector or embark on further postgraduate research, you will find that our MSc Photonic Technologies will give you the solid intellectual foundation and hands-on practical and technical skills that you need for a successful professional career in science, engineering and related photonics-based industry.
Working in our new, state-of-the-art cleanroom complex with access to our extensive range of optical laboratories, as part of the course you will work with leading local and national photonics companies, and see first-hand their products and emerging photonics technologies.
Our broad programme will give you the solid intellectual foundation and hands-on practical and technical skills that you need for a successful professional career in science, engineering and related photonics-based industry, or to embark on further postgraduate research.
Compulsory modules: Lasers; Microfabrication; Photonics Laboratory and Study Skills
Optional modules: Light and Matter; Matlab/Numerical Methods; Silicon Photonics
Compulsory modules: Solid State and Ultrafast Lasers; Photonic Materials; Plasmonics, Metamaterials and Nanophotonics
Optional modules: Nanoscience Technology and Advanced Materials; MEMS Sensors and Actuators
Lab and cleanroom project; four-month, independent research project culminating in a dissertation