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Nanophotonics is where the science and technology of nanotechnology and photonics meet, delivering the manipulation and control of light on the nanoscale. This new field has already lead to exciting phenomenon such as negative refractive index materials and ‘cloaking’ and is the driving force behind many new applications in areas ranging from telecommunications and computing to green energy and healthcare.
Topics covered by the course include:
- The fundamental concepts of imaging light and optical systems
- General concepts of Plasmonics and Metamaterials
- Plasmonics for surface enhanced spectroscopies, photovoltaics, and non-linear optics
- Negative refractive index materials and transformation optics
- Quantum Metamaterials
With nanophotonics at the forefront of both research and new industrial applications, students from this course will be trained in a field that is likely to grow as new start-ups and established companies employ nanophotonics in their business.
This course shares the same content as the 12-month MSc in Physics except you replace three optional modules with three compulsory modules in nanophotonics.
- Mathematical techniques
- Advanced Classical Physics (unless you have covered the material in your previous degree in which case another optional module may be chosen)
- Introduction to Plasmonics and Metamaterials
- Selected Topics in Nanophotonics
- Imaging (from the MSc in Optics and Photonics)
- Research skills training – a series of practical work and computer based classes
- Self-study project – a literature based project on a topic in nanophotonics
- Literature review and project plan
- Supervised research project undertaken in the field.
You also attend professional skills courses, delivered by the Graduate School.
You choose options from a list of specialised lecture courses at Level 4 from the MSci course or one of the Department’s Master’s courses. You may include one Level 3 course in your choice.
The minimum qualification for admission is normally a first class honours degree in Physics from a UK academic institution or an equivalent overseas qualification.
If your first degree is from a country other than the UK, you may find the guidelines within our Country Index helpful. Please note that these guidelines indicate the College minimum. Our requirement is usually higher.
Applicants with degrees in other scientific disciplines (e.g. Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics) may be considered if the degree has significant physics content and a strong mathematical underpinning.
Tuition fees (2015–2016):
- Home/EU Full-time — £9,000
- Overseas Full-time — £24,000