Optical Engineering at University of Southampton - UCAS

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Course summary

On this one-year master’s degree you’ll gain specialist knowledge of technologies that harness the power of light, such as lasers and optical fibres. You’ll learn how to design and create optical components and materials, working in the largest multidisciplinary cleanroom of its type in the UK. You’ll be taught by leading experts in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC). Our inventions can be found on the Moon, on Mars and on the International Space Station. We built the foundations of the internet and our research is powering changes in medicine, telecommunications, defence, renewable energy and manufacturing. 97% of our Engineering research is rated as world leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. If you've got a passion for physics and engineering materials, but want to keep your job opportunities open, this course will allow you to explore both. Many of our students go on to study for a PhD, but many also go into industry, or set up their own business. You'll gain practical insights into how to run a modern photonics business through our Industrial Showcase Week. During the week you’ll visit several businesses and learn from experienced photonics business leaders how to apply research and engineering skills to real-world problems. 11 spin-out companies have so far been developed from the Optoelectronics Research Centre.


"Compulsory modules include: Optical Fibres and Waveguides; Lasers; Photonics Laboratory and Study Skills; Photonic Materials and Device Platforms; Project; Signal Processing and Machine Learning in Photonics. Optional modules include: Advanced Lasers; Advanced Fibre Telecommunications; Nanoscience: Technology and Advanced Materials; Optical Sensors; Silicon Photonics; Wireless and Mobile Networks; Quantum Information."

Assessment method

Coursework, examinations, and project

How to apply

International applicants

English language: Band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

This course has a subject classification which requires students whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland to have an ATAS certificate, irrespective of country of residence at the point of application.

Further information can be found on the UK Government's website: www.gov.uk/academic-technology-approval-scheme

Entry requirements

A UK upper second-class honours degree or higher in a related subject such as physics, electronics, engineering, materials science or mathematics.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Sponsorship information

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information - https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/funding/postgraduate.page

Optical Engineering at University of Southampton - UCAS