Optical Engineering (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2024

About this course

This optical engineering course covers the fundamental concepts of modern optical and photonic engineering. It is based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), which specialises in lasers, optical fibres, optical waveguides, and their applications in real world engineering. We focus on physical optics in settings such as communications, computing and sensors.

You'll work in photonics with access to professional level equipment, software, and fabrication methodologies. This involves studying the principles of lasers, optical technology and the practical aspects of their design, fabrication, and applications. The opportunity to specialise in different areas of optoelectronics will also be available.

Our range of optional modules covers topics such as:

  • optical communications
  • silicon photonics
  • optical sensors
  • advanced laser techniques

If you wish to follow a particular theme, you may choose modules from other subject areas to match your interests, such as physics or computer science.

You'll also perform an experimental or theoretical research project, making use of the extensive facilities in our research laboratories. This includes the Mountbatten Clean Room complex.

Aims of the course

The aims of the programme are to:

  • provide you with advanced knowledge of optical fibre and photonic technologies
  • give you the opportunity to work in a research-led environment using state of the art facilities
  • develop your research skills applicable to a career in research and development
  • stimulate your interest in the subject using a variety of teaching and learning methods

We regularly review our courses to ensure and improve quality. This course may be revised as a result of this. Any revision will be balanced against the requirement that the student should receive the educational service expected. Find out why, when, and how we might make changes.

Our courses are regulated in England by the Office for Students (OfS).

Course lead

Your course leader is Bill Brocklesby. Over the last 10 to 15 years his research has centred around novel imaging and microscopy techniques using visible and X-ray light sources. Read Dr Bill Brocklesby's profile to find out more about his research interests and publications.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

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