MSc by Research (Photonics)

Aston University
In Birmingham (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Postgraduate
  • Birmingham (England)
  • When:

Candidates with a strong scientific background develop in-depth specialism in one of a broad range of applications of photonic technology
In-depth (9 month) research project provides a basis for further PhD level research, or specialist entry into industry
Conduct a personalised, tailored and bespoke research project
Graduates in industry apply photonic technologies in a range of industries and settings, including:
Civil Engineering – detecting and assessing changes in environment and materials through the use of fibre-optics  Data – communications - Pushing the limits of data transmission Bio-sensing – measure human body activity for non-invasive diagnosis  Benefit from connections with the word-renowned Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT).  

Important information

Requirements: Duration of programme: Full Time: 1 year full-time: three months taught modules on campus and a nine month individual project. Part Time: 2 years Start date: September Intake: Up to 10 per year for UK/EU students and 15 per year for international students Subject Requirements: Applicants must achieve a minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree in a numerate science from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. The Programme Director may conduct an interview in person or by telephone. Applicants whose first language is not...


Where and when

Starts Location
West Midlands, B4 7ET, West Midlands, England
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What you'll learn on the course

Civil Engineering
GCSE Mathematics

Course programme

Photonics enables the majority of world-wide communications, almost all data on the Internet exists in optical form at some point during the transmission. Photonics also has many other applications in medicine, sensing biology and chemistry. On this course you will combine taught material which is specifically relevant to your research topic with advanced knowledge obtained from working in a world leading research environment. The course enhances employability in many industries including communications, civil engineering and bio-technology.

This programme trains aspiring academic and industrial research scientists. The programme consists of a training aspect of taught components (equivalent to 3 modules approximately during the first 3 months) and a significant interdisciplinary research project.

Research topics are chosen by students from a list of topics mirroring the computational expertise of the Mathematics group and the newly founded Systems Analytics Research Institute at Aston, with Computationally oriented projects in for example, biology, optimization, pattern analysis and physics as well as finance. The projects are supervised by academics from the Mathematics group and the Systems Analytics Research Institute at Aston.

The MSc integrates a taught component of three modules over approximately three months (30 credits) with a substantial individual research project lasting nine months (150 credits)

Core modules:

  • Computational Mathematics (10 Credits)
  • Research skills and Professional Development (10 Credits)
  • Specialist/Technical Research Skills (10 Credits)

Exemption from these modules may be arranged through APL or APEL, provided this is done prior to enrolment.

Students will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in collaboration with industry and through this learn about the application context of technology and the interaction between research and business.