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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11.5k / 2015-16
  • Foreign: $ 30.6k / 2015-16
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
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  • 792pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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    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:

    • give you the experience of undertaking a major, individual, project and reporting the results in a full scientific report and presentation
    • train you in appropriate research methods
    • develop your written and oral communication skills for both specialised and non-specialised audiences
    • equip you for further academic study at doctoral level in photonics, and in subjects where photonics is an important enabling science

    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.

    MODULES

    Core modules

    • Imaging
    • Optical communications physics
    • Lasers
    • Optical measurement and devices
    • Laboratory work
    • Self-study project
    • Nine-month research project

    Optional modules

    • Biomedical optics
    • Fibre optics
    • Laser optics
    • Laser technology
    • Non-linear optics
    • Fibre communications
    • Optical design
    • Optical design laboratory
    • Optical displays
    • Optoelectronic components and devices
    • Photonics structures
    • Quantum optics

    Note: optional modules are subject to change


    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

    As many of the students registering for the MRes will be continuing to PhD studies the entry requirements for the MRes match those for PhD studies in the Department, namely a first class honours degree, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in Physics or a relevant engineering subject.

    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.

    Tuition fees:

    • Home/EU Full-time — £9,000
    • Overseas Full-time — £24,000
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