The Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) has a leading international reputation for its research in optical fibre technologies.
Our research in these areas range from specialised fibre design and fabrication, passive fibre devices, fibre lasers, and application of these fibre based technologies in areas as diverse as optical sensing, manufacturing, medicine, defence and telecommunication.
This MSc programme offers an advanced postgraduate education covering many of the fundamental concepts of these optical fibre technologies, and their application in real-world settings. You will gain experience of working in research facilities including the advanced optical fibre research laboratories and the Mountbatten Clean Room on a programme that includes:
- Taught modules
- Practical training in research techniques and modelling 4 month laboratory-based project relevant to optical fibre technology
- 4 month laboratory-based project relevant to optical fibre technology
Working in our new, state-of-the-art cleanroom complex, and with access to our extensive range of optical laboratories, you will benefit from integrated transferable skills elements, and also from participation in the ORC's week long Industry Showcase event.
Whether you intend to gain skills and expertise that will enable you to take up a position in the industrial sector, or to embark on further postgraduate research, you will find that this new MSc course in Optical Fibre Technologies will give you the solid intellectual foundation and hands-on practical and technical skills that you need for a successful professional career in science, engineering and related optical fibre and photonics-based industry.
View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course
View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course
The program consists of eight taught modules over the first two semesters of the year, and a research project in the third semester.
Each module included in the programme consists of weekly lectures and tutorials by the module lecturers. Teaching methods include; directed reading, lectures, problem-solving activities and private/guided study. There are also practical laboratory sessions to directly demonstrate and put into context the taught technologies, including live demonstrations of eg fibre preform manufacturing and fibre drawing. The final project will involve hands-on training and working on your chosen topic area of optical fibre technology. More business-related modules will involve external visits to local companies and direct learning from, and interaction with, entrepreneurs and company executives.
You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. Visit our how to apply pages for more information. Please note that we belong to the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering (FPSE).
The deadline for new applications to this course is 31 July each year.
Research from the Optoelectronics Research Centre was included in the University’s Electrical and Electronic Engineering research entry in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
We lead the UK for the volume and quality of Electrical and Electronic Engineering research (REF 2014)
97% of our Electrical and Electronic Engineering research outputs are rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
The Guardian University Guide 2018 shows the University of Southampton second in the UK for Electronics and Electrical Engineering
Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Electrical and Electronic Engineering in the 2017 QS World Rankings