This programme is taught by some of the world’s leading experts on optical fibre technology. Areas of study include: fibre design and fabrication, fibre telecommunication, fibre lasers and fibre sensors including fibre devices. You will learn and apply the core concepts of these technologies in real-world settings, gaining hands-on experience of cutting-edge research.
Semester one: Optical Fibre Technology I; Optical Fibre Technology II; Introduction to MEMS; Signal Processing; Silicon Photonics; Light and Matter; Lasers.
Semester two: Advanced Fibre Telecommunication; Optical Fibre Sensors; Photonics Laboratory; MEMS Sensors and Actuators; Wireless and Mobile Networks; Solid State and Ultrafast Lasers.
Semester three: Optical Fibre related four-month laboratory-based project; Industrial Showcase event.
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
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.
Our MSc Physics programme will provide you with exposure to a very wide range of world-leading teaching and research skills in physics. As well as the modules offered by the Department of Physics, many optional modules are available from across the University of London, such as Queen Mary University of London, Royal Holloway University of London and University College London. You will undertake an extended research project supervised by one of our academic staff.
The programme consists of taught components combining specialised taught material in current areas of Physics and related disciplines, general research techniques, transferable skills and specialised research techniques together with a major research project. The project starts in January carrying through to the end of the programme. Experts in the chosen field will act as project supervisors.
The programme is run by the Department of Physics with some modules provided by the Department of Mathematics, the Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics and other University of London Colleges.
Topics include: nanotechnology, biophysics, photonics, cosmology and particle physics.
The MSc programme provides experience of research in rapidly developing areas of physics and related disciplines. Provides experience of the planning, administration, execution and dissemination of research, and equips students with the background knowledge and transferable and generic skills required to become an effective researcher.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
Average per week: Lectures x 9 hours, small group tutorials x 2 hour, seminar x 1 hour.
Each module in your degree is worth a number of credits. You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours of effort for each credit (so for a typical module of 15 credits this means 150 hours of effort). These hours cover every aspect of the module: lectures, tutorials, labs (if any), independent study base on lecture notes, tutorial preparation and extension, lab preparation and extension, coursework preparation and submission, examination revision and preparation, and examinations.
Assessment methods will depend on the modules selected. The primary method of assessment for this course is written examination. You may also be assessed by laboratory reports, class tests, coursework and oral presentations.
Many students go on to do a PhD in Physics, work in scientific research, teaching or work in the financial sector.