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Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems - MRes

Course Description

The Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems MRes, taught at the University of Cambridge and at the UCL Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, aims to train students to PhD level in the skills needed to produce new integrated photonic systems for applications ranging from information display to ultra-fast communications and industrial materials processing.

Degree information

The programme offers a wide range of specialised modules, including electronics and biotechnology. Students gain a foundation training in the scientific basis of photonics and systems, and develop a good understanding of the industry. They are able to design an individual bespoke programme to reflect their prior experience and future interests.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Students take two compulsory research projects (90 credits), one transferable skills module (15 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and two elective modules (30 credits).
-Project Report 1 at either UCL or Cambridge
-Project Report 2 at either UCL, Cambridge or industry
-Transferable Business Skills

Optional modules - students choose three optional modules from the following:
-Advanced Photonic Devices
-Photonic Systems
-Solar-Electrical Power: Generation and Distribution
-Photonic Sub-systems
-Broadband Technologies and Components
-Management of Technology
-Strategic Management
-Telecommunication Business Environment

Elective modules - students choose a further two elective modules from the list below:
-Solid State Devices and Chemical/Biological Sensors
-Display Technology
-Analogue Integrated Circuits
-Robust and Nonlinear Systems and Control
-Digital Filters and Spectrum Estimation
-Image Processing and Image Coding
-Computer Vision and Robotics
-Materials and Processes for Microsystems
-Building an Internet Router
-Network Architecture
-Software for Network Services
-Optical Transmission and Networks
-Nanotechnology and Healthcare
-RF Circuits and Sub-systems
-Physics and Optics of Nano-Structure
-Broadband Communications Lab
-Analogue CMOS IC Design Applications

All students undertake two research projects. An independent research project (45 credits) and an industry-focused project (45 credits).

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects, seminars, and laboratory work. Student performance is assessed through unseen written examination and coursework (written assignments and design work).


Dramatic progress has been made in the past few years in the field of photonic technologies. These advances have set the scene for a major change in commercialisation activity where photonics and electronics will converge in a wide range of information, sensing, display, and personal healthcare systems. Importantly, photonics will become a fundamental underpinning technology for a much greater range of companies outside the conventional photonics arena, who will in turn require those skilled in photonic systems to have a much greater degree of interdisciplinary training, and indeed be expert in certain fields outside photonics.

Our students are highly employable and have the opportunity to gain industry experience during their MRes year in large aerospace companies like Qioptiq, BAE Systems, Selex ES; medical equipment companies such as Hitachi; and technology and communications companies such as Toshiba through placements based both in the UK and overseas. Several smaller spin-out companies from both UCL and Cambridge also offer projects. The Centre organises industry day events which provide an excellent opportunity to network with senior technologists and managers interested in recruiting photonics engineers. A recent 2014 graduate is now working as a Fiber Laser Development Engineer for Coherent Scotland. Another is a Patent Attorney for HGF Ltd.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The University of Cambridge and UCL have recently established an exciting Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems, leveraging their current strong collaborations in research and innovation.

The centre provides doctoral training using expertise drawn from a range of disciplines, and collaborates closely with a wide range of UK industries, using innovative teaching and learning techniques.

This centre, aims to create graduates with the skills and confidence able to drive future technology research, development and exploitation, as photonics becomes fully embedded in electronics-based systems applications ranging from communications to sensing, industrial manufacture and biomedicine.

Visit the Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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Fleming Scholarship for MSc Studies - 5 Awards

The scholarship is awarded to the students entering the department with the best undergraduate examination performance providing they qualify for UK/EU fee status. In the event of a tie we will give preference to the students in the order they accepted our offer unconditionally - a good reason to be prompt in decision making!In addition to the prestige that comes with the award, there is also a significant financial award - £4,000. 5 scholarships will be given to Home/EU students with £2,000 given on enrolment and a further £2,000 given later in the year provided that a distinction is achieved in the work assessed during term 1.

Value of Scholarship(s)



5 scholarships of £4,000 are available for Home/EU students.

Application Procedure

All new students will be considered - no need to apply specifically.

Further Information



Brown Family Bursary - No. of awards TBC

Selection criteria:
The bursary will be awarded based on financial need only as determined by the Student Funding Office.Value, Benefits and Duration:
- The value of the bursary is £15,000. The payment is to be applied to tuition fees in the first instance, with any remainder being paid to the successful applicant towards maintenance in termly instalments.
- The bursary is tenable for one year only.
- The bursary may not be held alongside other tuition fee only awards.

Value of Scholarship(s)



- prospective full-time UK Master's students who are undertaking a one-year programme of study in the Faculties of the Built Environment, Engineering Sciences or Mathematical & Physical Sciences (BEAMS) in 2015/16
- currently holding a first-class Bachelor's degree; and
- in financial need.

Application Procedure

See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate/UK-EU-Master/uclalumniandfriends

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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