Taught course

Industrial Photonics

University of Strathclyde · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree or equivalent qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Why this course?

This course will train physicists and engineers in the area of photonics, which is a key enabling technology, underpinning many areas of industry.

You'll have the opportunity to undertake a three-month research or development project based with one of our industrial partners such as M Squared Lasers.

We have a long tradition of cutting-edge photonics research, which supports our courses. Much of this work has resulted in significant industrial impact through our spin-out companies and academic-industrial collaborations.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop your entrepreneurial skills by taking courses delivered by the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship.

You'll study

The course is made up of two semesters of taught classes, followed by a three-month research project based with one of our industrial partners. The majority of your classes are delivered by the Department of Physics and cover the following:

  • research and grant writing skills, which are valuable in both academic and commercial settings;
  • project training, including entrepreneurial and innovation skills training and a literature survey preparing for the project in the company;
  • topics in photonics, covering laser physics, laser optics and non-linear optics;
  • optical design, where you will learn about advanced geometrical optics and apply this knowledge to the design of optical systems, through the use of modern optical design software;
  • photonic materials and devices, focusing on semiconductor materials physics and micro/nano-structures;
  • advanced photonic devices and applications, covering quantum well structures, waveguides and photonic crystals.

These classes are complemented by two classes delivered by the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, which look at:

  • system engineering and electronic control which forms a key part of modern optical systems;
  • photonic systems, where fibre optic communications systems and principles of photonic networks are discussed.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dept of Physics