Photonics has been recognised as a key enabling science in many important academic disciplines and industries (such as the life sciences and telecommunications) and as a research priority for the College. The Department of Physics has a long and successful research record in Imaging and Photonics and looks to build upon this by offering a one year MRes programme to students looking to develop their research interests and skills in Photonics.
Photonics is an exciting area of physics, which enables developments in fields as diverse as biomedical imaging and high power fibre lasers.
The Department of Physics has a long and successful research record in imaging and photonic. This 12-month MRes, built on our renowned MSc in Optics and Photonics, usually forms the first year of the four-year (MRes+PhD) research training programme in the Photonics group.
The MRes course runs from October to September each year.
It is aimed at students who wish to develop their research interests and skills in photonics. It will:
The taught element in the first term will improve your knowledge of photonics through lectures and a substantial taught laboratory element, which reinforces the practical skills demanded by further research. These elements of the course are shared with the MSc in Optics and Photonics offered by the Department.
From the second term onwards a significant research project is undertaken as a more thorough preparation for students starting their PhD studies. In addition, there is an opportunity to take optional courses in the second term from the MSc in Optics and Photonics, where it is considered relevant to your research project.
Written examinations are held in January and April/May for any optional courses. The laboratory work is continually assessed during the course. The final project is assessed by oral presentations and a dissertation submitted in September.
Note: optional modules are subject to change
In addition to the Photonics MRes+PhD programme, Photonics Group staff also supervise interdisciplinary MRes+PhD students under the auspices of several Centres of Doctoral Training funded by the EPSRC. This type of programme trains students in cohorts addressing a particular field of reserach and also comprises a one year Masters course followed by a 3 year PhD. EPSRC CDT have proved very successful, providing an excellent opportunity for physical science graduates to develop their potential for research, including at the physical/life sciences interface. Studet5nships are normally awarded to UK residents although a small number of studentships may be awarded to EU students. Photonics Group staff are involved with the following CDT and potential applicants are encouraged to go to the specific CDT websites to find more information.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
Students are required to pass the MRes degree course before being eligible to proceed to the PhD. Progression to the PhD is expected but not automatic. Students are then expected to submit their PhD thesis within this three year period. EPSRC-sponsored students will be funded for all four years of this postgraduate training. Self-funded and externally funded students are also required to study for the MRes+PhD degrees and should budget accordingly for four years of study. Only if an applicant has already been awarded a relevant MSc or MRes degree in optics or photonics, is it possible to enter the PhD programme directly.
The majority of our PhD students have an honours Bachelor degree and a Masters’ level degree or equivalent. To be eligible for a Research Council studentship, you should have at least an upper second class honours (2:1) or equivalent degree, typically in Physics although degrees in other physical sciences or engineering disciplines would be considered. We broadly apply this requirement to all PhD applicants including self-funded students. In exceptional cases, if you have an MSc or similar qualification, or if you can demonstrate several years’ relevant work experience and provide strong references, then we may consider applications from candidates who have not achieved a 2:1 degree.
Each year the Photonics Group recruits up to ten new PhD students. Most are funded by studentships from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences ResearchCouncil (EPSRC) and these are normally restricted to UK residents.
For first MRes year