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Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices (MSc)

University of St Andrews

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of St Andrews

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary

This MSc provides postgraduate vocational training in lasers, optics, and semiconductors tailored to the needs of those seeking to enter photonics-based industry and university research. Students benefit from classes using the expertise at St Andrews and Heriot-Watt universities, followed by an around 3.5 month project, often with a UK photonics company. The industrial project allows real-world application of the material covered at the universities, and gives valuable experience in commercial photonics.


  • Tailored to balance fundamental understanding with industrial relevance.
  • Gain an understanding of the fundamental properties of optoelectronic materials and devices with vocational training in modern optics, laser physics and semiconductor physics. You also gain practical experience in the operation of a wide range of laser devices and optoelectronic technologies.
  • Develop an appreciation of the widespread practical applications of coherent light sources in communications, material processing and testing, optical processing, medical treatments and diagnostics, and environmental monitoring.
  • The industrial project placement occupies 12-14 weeks from late May to August and is assessed in September after the submission of a dissertation.

Research degrees

Some of our graduates continue their education by enrolling in PhD programmes at St Andrews, Heriot-Watt or elsewhere.


The Photonics and Optoelectronic Devices MSc course aims to produce graduates with appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes to go on to be successful in the photonics area. Some of our recent graduates are featured in our graduate profiles. In addition to employment in companies, some MSc graduates have found long-term employment in universities worldwide. Some of the locations where our MSc graduates have obtained employment include:

  • BAE Systems
  • Cascade Technologies
  • Coherent
  • Edinburgh Instruments
  • Gooch and Housego UK Ltd
  • Leonardo
  • M-Squared Laser
  • Osram
  • Silixa
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Taylor Hobson
  • Unik Lasers.

Application deadline

31 July 2020

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,090per year

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

University information

University of St Andrews

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  • Campus address

    University of St Andrews, College Gate, St Andrews, KY16 9AJ, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 49 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    224 97%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    91 91%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.52 90%


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