Taught course


University of Strathclyde · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Minimum second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in physics or a related subject, eg Engineering Physics, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Ophthalmology, Material Science, Astronomy.

Applicants from an engineering or life science discipline need to have had sufficient exposure to quantum mechanics and solid state physics, eg by semi-conductor technology courses, or need to demonstrate that they can acquire the necessary background. Contact us about your application and the possibility of conversion courses.

English language requirements

You must have an English language minimum score of IELTS 6.0 (with no component below 5.5).

We offer comprehensive English language courses for students whose IELTS scores are below 6.0. Please see ELTD for full details.

As a university, we now accept many more English language tests in addition to IELTS for overseas applicants, for example, TOEFL and PTE Cambridge. View the full list of accepted English language tests here.

Months of entry


Course content

Optics and photonics are considered to be one of the most important key enabling technologies of the 21st century. The term “Photonics” stresses that the particle aspects of light are crucial in the generation, manipulation, transmission and detection of light and its applications.

The MSc Photonics provides the opportunity to explore and master a large range of photonic technologies, enabling you to put devices in the context of an optical system and/or application. The course is based on the strong record of photonic technologies across research divisions in the Department of Physics in collaboration with:

You’ll put the knowledge gained in the taught components to use in a cutting-edge research project.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Further info on fees and funding.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)141 553 6023