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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 18/22 months; Part-time: 3 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Home/EU: £4,750; International: £12,600

Course content

The optoelectronics market is expected to grow significantly in coming years. This specialist optoelectronics Masters course will give you access to optoelectronics expertise, so you can take advantage of new opportunities in this field.

Optoelectronics includes electronic devices that source, detect and control light. On this course you will benefit from high-level vocational training in lasers, LED lighting and semiconductors, tailored to the needs of the optoelectronics and optical communications industries.

As part of your studies, you will also benefit from the latest research within the field. You will be able to attend relevant research seminars and departmental seminars that are held regularly throughout the year. These events reflect the most up-to-date thinking from academics and specialists from industry.

The teaching team, many of whom have published research in optoelectronics, lead the University’s Wireless and Optoelectronics Research and Innovation Centre This informs our teaching, so you will benefit from cutting-edge Course Content that embodies the latest research.

Routes of study:
The course is available to study via two routes:
- MSc Optoelectronics (with internship)
- MSc Optoelectronics (without internship)

Please note: *Internships are optional and available to full-time students only. Internship places are limited. Students have the opportunity to work in a participating UK company or within a Research Centre at the University. You can also opt to study the course without an internship which will reduce your course length.

What you will study

You will study the following modules:
- Physics in Modern Optics
- Optoelectronics Devices for Telecommunications
- Optoelectronics Devices for Life Science & Measurement
- Applied Digital Signal Processing
- Embedded System Design
- Product Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Six month Internship
- Masters Major Individual Project

Learning and teaching methods

The optoelectronics course offers an intensive but flexible learning pattern, with two start points each year – February and September. There are three major blocks during the 18 months’ study (full-time), which includes 12 months of teaching and a possible six months of internship*. Throughout your studies you will complete a 15-week final research project.

You will be taught through lectures, tutorials and workshops involving hands-on systems modeling and simulations using state-of-the-art hardware and software facilities (Zemax, Lightools etc). Students will also engage in supervised research supported by full access to world-class online and library facilities.

You are also expected to regularly attend relevant research seminars and departmental colloquia, which reflect the up-to-date research interests of the Wireless and Optoelectronics Research and Innovation Centre (WORIC).

The optoelectronics course is available to study via two main routes, you can opt to add further value to your studies by undertaking an internship or simply focus on building your academic knowledge through a on-campus study as detailed below:

- MSc Optoelectronics (with internship):
Delivery: Full-time only | Start dates: September and February

If you choose to undertake an internship, your course will be delivered in four major blocks that offer an intensive but flexible learning pattern. Six taught modules are completed during two teaching blocks featuring 12 contact hours per week. This is followed by 6 month period of internship, after which the student returns to undertake a 16-week major research project. Please note: Course length may vary dependent on your chosen start date.

- MSc Optoelectronics (without internship):
Delivery: Full-time and Part-time | Start dates: September and February

The study pathway available without internship is available full-time and part-time. The full-time route is delivered in three major blocks. Six taught modules are completed during two teaching blocks featuring 12 contact hours per week followed by a 16-week major research project. The full-time course duration is about 12 months, if you study part-time then you will complete the course in three years. Part-time study involves completing three modules in each of the first two years and a major research project in the final year. The use of block-mode delivery in this way allows flexible entry and exit, and also enables practising engineers to attend a single module as a short course.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

Many industries need specialists in optoelectronics systems design. Careers are available in industrial and technology sectors such as automotives, computers, consumer electronics, communications, industrial optical sensing equipment and medical laser equipment.

The major project gives you a great opportunity to deepen your knowledge and hone your skills in a specialist topic informed by your planned career, and the period of internship gives you an industrial experience that can set you apart from others immediately upon graduation.


Internships are only available to students studying full-time: Following successful completion of six taught modules, you will be competitively selected to join participating UK companies or University Research Centres on a six-month period of unpaid work placement before returning to undertake your major research project. All students who have an offer for the MSc Optoelectronics (with internship) are guaranteed an internship either in industry or in a University Research Centre.

There are 25 internship places available. Students who wish to undertake an internship must apply for the MSc Optoelectronics (with internship). It is anticipated that there will be significant demand for this programme and applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Applications will be considered on a first come first served basis and the numbers of students offered a place on the programme with internship will be capped.

If the course is already full and we are unable to offer you a place on the Masters course with internship, we may be able to consider you for the standard MSc Optoelectronics (without internship) which is a shorter programme.

Assessment methods

Each of the six taught modules is typically assessed through 50% coursework and 50% closed-book class test. The major project is assessed through presentation to a panel of examiners, viva and written report. Work for lecture modules is assessed largely through examinations whereas the laboratory work is assessed in a continuous manner. Lecture courses are examined at the end of each teaching block.


There are two optoelectronics and two RF laboratories equipped with £1million worth of experimental equipments and modeling facilities. These state-of-the-art facilities are home to:

The Innova® Sabre® MotoFreD™ ion laser
Newfocus TLM-8700 fast sweep tunable laser source
Agilent 8164B Lightwave Measurement System
RENISHAW ML-10 Measurement Systems
Beam profilers: Thorlabs BC106-VIS – CCD Camera Beam Profiler, Thorlabs BP109-IR – Beam Profiler
Scanning Fabry-Perot Spectrum Analyzer. e.g. Thorlabs SA200-5B, Coherence 0464H08
Anritsu MS9710B Optical Spectrum Analyzer
Ocean Optics spectrometers. e.g. HR4000 and USB4000
Edwards E306A Coating System Thermal Vacuum Evaporator
SCS G3-8 Spin Coater
ZEPTO laboratory plasma cleaner ZEPTO
National Instruments FPGA and Digitizer
Signal generator: TG210 2MhZ function Generator
Oscilloscopes: HP infinium Oscilloscope, HM507 Combiscope
Anechoic Chamber suitable for frequencies above 1 GHz.
Various measurement systems for 2, 10, 20, 40, & 60 GHz links
VubiQ 60 GHz development kits
Three 60 GHz Backhaul links (Sub10 Systems)
Antenna radiation patterns measurement system
Two equipped vans for outdoor measurements
Programmable or Reconfigurable Platform (DSPs, FPGAs, GPPs)
The modeling facilities include high performance computing facilities (e.g. a 24-core cluster) equipped with various optoelectronic and EM modeling packages such as FDTD solutions, Zemax, FEKO, and VPI Photonics suites. We also in-house novel RF Ray-tracing and Physical Optics EM planning tools developed by members of WORIC.


The academic staff teaching on the MSc Optoelectronics are the same people who lead and work in the WORIC. This international centre has a significant track record of innovation in lasers, sensors, nanophotonics, wireless communications, telecommunications, and optical communications and aims to provide industry with access to cutting edge innovative ideas and knowledge. WORIC has won many grants from EPSRC, TSB, EADS, as well as A4B is keen to solve real industrial problems with innovation that provides enormous market.

Visit the Optoelectronics (with internship) (MSc) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!





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