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  • Qualification

    MRes - Master of Research

  • Location

    South Kensington Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

.Photonics is an exciting area of physics, which enables developments in fields as diverse as biomedical imaging and high power fibre lasers. The Department of Physics has a long and successful research record in imaging and photonics. This 12-month MRes, built on our renowned MSc in Optics and Photonics, usually forms the first year of the four-year MRes+PhD research training programme in the Photonics group. The MRes course runs from October to September each year.

It is aimed at students who wish to develop their research interests and skills in photonics. It will:

  • give you the experience of undertaking a major, individual project and recording the results in a full scientific report and presentation
  • train you in appropriate research methods
  • develop your written and oral communication skills for both specialised and non-specialised audiences
  • equip you for further academic study at doctoral level in photonics, and in subjects where photonics is an important enabling science.

The taught element in the first term will improve your knowledge of photonics through lectures and a substantial taught laboratory element, which reinforces the practical skills demanded by further research. These elements of the course are shared with the MSc in Optics and Photonics offered by the Department. From the second term onwards a significant research project is undertaken as a more thorough preparation for students starting their PhD studies. In addition, there is an opportunity to take optional modules in the second term from the MSc in Optics and Photonics, where it is considered relevant to your research project. Written examinations are held in January and April/May. The laboratory work is continually assessed during the course. The final project is assessed by oral presentations and a dissertation submitted in September.

Tuition fees

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£ 29,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Imperial College London

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  • Campus address

    Imperial College London, South Kensington Campus, Kensington and Chelsea, SW7 2AZ, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 50 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    209 92%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    94.0 94%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.63 73%



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