Research course


University of Southampton · Optoelectronics Research Centre

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, in addition to a basic background in mathematics.

Months of entry


Course content

Photonics is changing the world in extraordinary ways. From powering the internet, navigating airliners, correcting vision to protecting the environment, photonics is at the heart of many of our world’s most exciting technologies. It is a technology of the future.

Working alongside some of the world’s leading photonics scientists, you will be conducting novel research in our state-of-the-art facilities, keeping up-to-date with the latest research trends, writing journal papers and attending conferences.

A PhD from Southampton will give you a solid grounding for your career. Our graduates pursue academic excellence and careers in industry at senior level in areas such as communications technology, healthcare, manufacturing, defence and energy management. The programme will equip you with knowledge, skills and prestigious industry and academic contacts, opening up exciting possibilities for your future career.

Research themes include:

  • Fundamental photonics;
  • Light generation and manipulation, Nanophotonics and metamaterials;
  • Optical biosensors and biophotonics;
  • Optical fibres;
  • Optical materials;
  • Optical networks and systems;
  • Silicon photonics;
  • Sensing.

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Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
Up to 48 months
part time
36-84 months

Course contact details

Physical Sciences and Engineering
+44 (0)23 8059 2882