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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.8k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Foreign: $ 31.5k / 2015/16 academic year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 1065pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

    Please ensure that you make your application for these courses as early as possible, particularly if you are intending to apply for funding, and preferably by 30 July (overseas/EU applicants) or 1 September (UK applicants) to avoid disappointment.

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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.


    Compulsory modules

    • 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)

    Project work

    • 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.

    Optional modules

    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.

    UK requirements for international applications

    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.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    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
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