Research course

Photonic Integration

University of Glasgow · College of Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Our students are trained in an interdisciplinary environment encompassing five themes of robust semiconductor lasers, planar lightwave circuits, plasmonic device, advanced characterisation and materials for high-density storage.

The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Photonic Integration and Advanced Data Storage is a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Glasgow which aims to tackle some of the challenges created by the increasing quantities of data generated by today's society.

The Centre's focus is on developing highly-manufacturable photonic integration technologies related to the magnetic storage of digital information. However, the development of these technologies will be relevant to a wide spectrum of end-users – from telecommunications to biophotonics, in which optical technologies are applied to living organisms and health care. Established in 2014 with substantial investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), both universities and industrial partners [including Seagate, the industry leader in hard disc drives and storage solutions], the Centre will help to address a skills shortage in the photonics industry by educating fifty future scientists and engineers over the next eight years.

Further information from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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