You can choose classes relevant to your career interests from a wide range of topics including:
photonics and photonic materials
optics at the physics-life sciences interface
laser-based plasma physics
quantum optics and quantum information technology
You’ll put the knowledge gained in the taught components to use in a cutting-edge research project.
The course gives you the opportunity of exploring and mastering a large range of optical technologies. It enables you to put devices in the context of an optical system and/or application.
Who’s the course suitable for?
It’s suitable for those with a science or engineering background wanting to gain a vocational degree or to obtain a solid foundation for an optics-related PhD programme.
It’s also appropriate for those who’ve worked in industry and want to consolidate their future career by further academic studies.
The course consists of two semesters of taught classes followed by a three- month research project.
This course is run by the Department of Physics. The department’s facilities include:
well-equipped optical labs for semiconductor photonics, semiconductor spectroscopy and fluorescence lifetime analysis.
the Ultrafast Chemical Physics lab with state-of-the-art femtosecond laser systems for multi-dimensional IR spectroscopy
cutting edge high power laser research with SCAPA, the highest power laser in a UK university
a scanning electron microscopy suite for analysis of hard and soft matter
access to top-of-the-range high-performance computer facilities
industry standard cleanroom in the Institute of Photonics
Learning & teaching
Our teaching is based on lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratory experiments, and research projects.
The assessment includes written examinations, coursework, presentations and a talk, oral examination and report presenting and defending the research project.
The course gives you a thorough basis for a successful job in the photonics, optical and life sciences industries. It provides the basis to excel in more interesting and challenging posts.
The course can also be an entry route into an optics-related PhD programme.
Over the years, many of Strathclyde’s optics and photonics graduates have found successful employment at the large variety of local laser and optics companies as well as with national and international corporations.