Research course

Photonics Research Group

Aston University · School of Engineering and Applied Science

Entry requirements

Equivalent of a good UK Honours degree (first or upper second class) in physics or electronic engineering. For further information about entry requirements, contact Aston University.

Months of entry


Course content

High capacity fibre optic transmission systems, Fibre grating technology, Fibre optic sensor systems, Biomedical photonics, Planar integrated optics, Optical networking, All-optical switching and processing, Microwave photonics, Nonlinear optical devices and interactions, Optical solitons, Ultrafast optoelectronics, Femtosecond optics, Bit-serial processing techniques, Dynamics and stability of non-linear coherent structures.

Department specialisms

A centre of excellence for experimental and theoretical research in optical soliton transmission, high-speed optical systems, fibre grating technology, fibre optic sensors, all-optical networking, and microwave-optical transmission.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0 (5.5 minimum in each section) or TOEFL 550 / 213 is required for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

EPSRC and industry funding may be available only to UK / EU students. There are no scholarships available for non-EU students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Research Co-ordinator
0121 204 3663