About this course
In this degree you’ll explore photonics – the science of light – while deepening your knowledge in the core areas of physics. An unrivalled range of specialist modules will allow you to fine-tune skills that are in high demand in this well-paid, rapidly expanding industry. According to government agency Innovate UK, the nation’s photonics sector is now worth over £12 billion a year.
We’re home to the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) - the largest photonics research institute in the UK.
We’re also the only UK university to offer an undergraduate physics degree with photonics and you’ll join a research community with a history of revolutionary discoveries. These include the optical fibres and amplifiers that make the internet possible.
Our direct link with the ORC, a global hub for photonics research, gives you a unique opportunity to explore all the possibilities in depth.
As part of your course you’ll also:
learn key skills in computer modeling, mathematics and statistical analysis
use the latest equipment in our physics and photonics labs
develop problem-solving skills to test theories and conduct experiments
Additionally, you’ll spend time in one of our research groups in year 4. Past projects have included holography, photosensitive materials, nanoscale x-rays, optical fibre and silicon photonics.
High-performing students are eligible to apply to one of our flagship programmes.
The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics and there's an academic scholarship scheme worth up to £20,000, plus an unconditional offer based on a competitive exam taken at applicant visit days.
This course is based at Highfield, Southampton.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
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