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Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks (PIXNET) (2 years) - MSc

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    2 years full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

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  • Last Updated

    08 January 2019

  • Receive high-quality training, specialising in photonic integration for communication, sensing and switching
  • As part of the Erasmus Mundus programme, graduate with two full MSc qualifications 
  • Benefit from close relationships with key industrial partners

PIXNET is a two-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme supported by European Union funding. 

Graduates from similar previous programmes have gone onto PhD study in European institutions or into senior level roles in industry.

Course outline

Why choose PIXNET

  • Study a crucial field in the evolution of information and communication devices
  • Receive high-quality training, specialising in photonic integration for communication, sensing and switching
  • As part of the Erasmus Mundus programme, graduate with two full MSc qualifications 
  • Benefit from close relationships with key industrial partners

PIXNET is a two-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme supported by European Union funding. 

You will receive high-quality training in photonic integration for communication, sensing and switching, significantly enhancing your employability in any of these areas on graduation. Offered by a consortium of universities, you’ll benefit from the distinctive and complementary academic qualities, and strong educational and research environments, of each.  

Alternatively, a non-Erasmus, Aston University only, PIXNET training pathway is available, leading to a standard MSc qualification (180 credits).

Both programmes are aimed at training talented students to become capable of designing, realising and assessing innovative integrated devices based on photonic technologies. As well as being of academic importance, the programme is an interdisciplinary, multinational initiative to train telecommunication and electrical engineers to investigate the adoption of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) as the central element in the evolution of information and communication devices. 

The strong involvement of industrial partners in the programme will offer you the opportunity to bridge the gap between your academic knowledge and practical application. You will be encouraged to carry out a number of industrial visits to enhance your MSc project.

Specialisms

As a student of the collaborative PIXNET programme, you will be able to choose to follow one of the following pathways:

  • Optical switching technologies
  • Optical transceiver technologies
  • Design of Photonic integrated devices
  • Photonic integrated devices manufacturing
  • Theory and techniques for photonic integrated devices

Modules

Core modules:

  • Telecommunication Networks and Quality of Service
  • Radio Systems and Personal Communication Networks
  • Optical Networks
  • Modelling and Characterisation of Fibre Photonic Devices
  • Optical Communications Systems
  • MSc Dissertation

You will need to choose one of the two following module options:

  • Machine Learning
  • Introduction to Parallel Programming Techniques

You will also need to choose two of the following module options:

  • Broadband Wireless Networks
  • Strategic Management and Finance
  • Digital Communication and Information Theory
  • Mobile Data Networks
  • Pervasive and Mobile Communication Networks
  • Internet of Things

Career prospects

Both programmes will equip you not only with the theoretical knowledge but also the transferable skills in related disciplines that will give you the potential to play a leading role in the evolution of integrated photonics as a key technology for the future development of many modern industries, including ICT, biomedical industries, sensing and the aerospace industry. 

Graduates from similar previous programmes have gone onto PhD study in European institutions or into senior level roles in industry.


Visit the Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks (PIXNET) (2 years) - MSc page on the Aston University website for more details!

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