Programme Summary

We offer a four year programme in Connected Electronic and Photonic Systems which combines a one year Master of Research (MRes) followed by a three year doctorate (PhD). The one-year MRes course allows students time to absorb the context of photonics research and to learn tools and methods that can support powerful, influential research

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Students will spend the first year of the programme being trained in a broad range of enabling skills at both Cambridge and UCL, which will equip them to become leading edge researchers in the field. A Master's degree will be awarded on completion of the first year programme. Students will then register at either Cambridge or UCL for a PhD degree, working on projects defined by research groups active in photonics from across both universities.


The programme is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the knowledge area of photonics and to develop the advanced research skills to enable high quality PhD research. This new programme is designed to broaden students’ horizons and empower and support them in developing and conducting viable creative explorations into the photonic systems development research area.


Students are encouraged to take an active role in the development and growth of the student community and the programme is interspersed with a wide range of activities including seminars, conferences, taking part in community and industry outreach, field trips, placements and an Annual Symposium. The Centre provides a strong shared and collaborative experience for the body of students spread across both institutions.

Research focused

The first year of the programme (MRes) is an intensive taught course which differs from a normal Master of Science (MSc) degree in its emphasis on research. Students will carry out two mini research projects which will ultimately enable them to embark on their PhD programme with confidence. We are building a community of researchers working on current and future challenges within photonic systems development.