Projects

Students spend the first year of the programme undertaking a Masters of Research (MRes). This is an intensive course of taught modules and two mini-projects. In year two students begin a 3-year Postgraduate doctoral degree (PhD), supported by a supervisor and research group, working on active projects in the field of photonics.

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IMAGE: James Seddon, PhD student in the photonics group.

Recent MRes mini-projects have included:

  • Optimization of holographic display
  • Laser light interaction with atmosphere
  • Interactive Holographic Environments
  • Photoacoustic wavefront shaping: an experimental proof of concept
  • Radio over fibre for 5G wireless
  • Computational imaging models for cultural heritage applications
  • Machine learning using optical correlators
  • Control of sub-nanosecond

Recent PhD research projects have included:

  • AI controlled optical wavelength and path switching
  • High-performance frequency comb application in RF signal processing
  • Development of next-generation photoacoustic imaging systems
  • Single molecule light field microscopy: a new technique for fast 3D super-resolution microscopy
  • AI-aided control of Cloud/Edge Data Centre optical networks
  • Real-time nanoscale imaging in live cells
  • 3D holographic displays for augmented reality systems
  • Machine learning for optical networking

Project timelines

We accept project proposals from approved academic supervisors and industry partners throughout the year.

To be considered for a particular academic period please submit proposals by the deadlines below.

MRes mini-project 1

Submit proposal by:

end of August

Study mode:

part-time

Project start/end:

November to May each year

MRes mini-project 2

Submit proposal by:

end of February

Study mode:

full-time

Project start/end:

May to August each year

PhD research projects

Submit proposal by:

end of March

Study mode:

full-time

Project start/end:

From September each year, over 3 years


To submit a project proposal visit our Project Submission page.