Taught course

Optical Fibre and Photonic Engineering

University of Southampton · Electronics and Computer Science

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Entry requirements

Our normal entry requirement is a UK upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in a related discipline such as physics, electronics, engineering, materials science or mathematics.

Months of entry


Course content

On this one-year master’s degree you’ll gain specialist knowledge of technologies that harness the power of light, such as lasers and optical fibres. You’ll learn how to design and create optical components and materials, working in the largest multidisciplinary cleanroom of its type in the UK.

You’ll be taught by leading experts in the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC). Our inventions can be found on the Moon, on Mars and on the International Space Station. We built the foundations of the internet and our research is powering changes in medicine, telecommunications, defence, renewable energy and manufacturing.

If you've got a passion for physics and engineering materials, but want to keep your job opportunities open, this course will allow you to explore both. Many of our students go on to study for a PhD, but many also go into industry, or set up their own business.

You'll gain practical insights into how to run a modern photonics business through our Industrial Showcase Week. During the week you’ll visit several businesses and learn from experienced photonics business leaders how to apply research and engineering skills to real-world problems. 11 spin-out companies have so far been developed from the Optoelectronics Research Centre.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

Please see the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0)23 8059 2630