Jobs & study

We have a large number of students taking both PhD and Masters level courses. We offer both research and taught masters with some distance learning options.

There are positions for Post. Doc and PhD studentship available from time to time, please check regularly Jobs at Aston for current vacancies

Apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship

Programme overview

SMARTNET is a collaborative two-year (120 ECTs) joint master degree,funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, with the goal to provide training in the inter-disciplinary fields of photonic and 5G wireless technologies for data communication, sensing and big data processing. It will be accomplished by leading European Universities with distinctive and complementary academic qualities and strong educational and research traditions, namely:

  • Aston University (Birmingham, UK), Aston, Coordinator (Areas of expertise: wireless and optical communications network systems, optical sensing)
  • Université Paris-Saclay (France), UPSaclay, through its member institution Télécom SudParis (Évry, France), TSP and Télécom ParisTech, TPT (Areas of expertise: physical layer of telecom and sensing networks, electromagnetic, nano-photonics, antenns design, microwave technology)
  • University of Athens (Athens, Greece, UoA) (Areas of expertise : digital signal processing, machine learning, Big data management systems, security of networks)

The programme complies with the ERASMUS mobility rules. Incoming students will start from any of the three institutions where they will spend the first two semesters of their studies and receive the core part of their training. The third semester will be carried out in a different institution and will include specialization courses that enhance the interdisciplinary of the offered degree. The fourth semester will be devoted to an independent project that will be reported in the Master’s thesis. Students will carry out their MSc project in close collaboration with industrial partners.  

SMARTNET has received the strong support of
17 industrial partners, who will provide internship opportunities to students and contribute to their training experience: 

Airbus, UK; OTE, Greece; Orange Labs, France; FAZ Technology, Ireland; Coriant R&D, Germany; AIT, Greece; Arden Photonics, UK; Keopsys, France; Orange Polska, Poland; CEMENTYS, France; EKINIOS, France; KTN, UK; EPIC, France; Network Rail, UK; Branscan, UK; Thales, France; Nokia Bell Labs, France; Phoenix Photonics, UK.

Key facts
Start date: October 2018
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTs
Delivery: Lectures, workshops, small group seminars, individual and group presentations and projects, MSc dissertation
Qualification:International Multiple Master Degree
Study type: Full-time

For the initial contact, please email:

Professor Sergei Turitsyn: s.k.turitsyn@aston.ac.uk (AIPT Director, ERASMUS SMARTNET Coordinator)
Dr Stelios Sygletos: s.sygletos@aston.ac.uk (AIPT MSc Programme Director)

SMARTNET website 

Programme overview

PIXNET is a collaborative two-year (120 ECTs) joint master degree, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, that aims at training talented students to become capable of designing, realizing and assessing innovative Photonic Integrated Circuits for optical communication applications.PIXNET is supported by a consortium of leading universities from Europe and Japan, namely:

  • Scuola Superiore Sant’ Anna (Pisa, Italy), SSSA, Coordinator
  • Aston University (Birmingham, UK), Aston University
  • Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands), TUE
  • OSAKA University (Japan), OSAKa

PIXNET exploits a significant complementarity of the expertise of the consortium partners and well defined mobility paths that bring practical and specific competence to the perspective students. All partners have strong expertise on optical communication theory and techniques and extensive system and network experimental facilities. The programme is intended for candidates that have a Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunication Engineering, Physics, or related discipline.

All academic partners have strong relationships with industry or private/public research centres focused on technology transfer. In fact, in PIXNET is bringing a “dowry” of 19 companies/research centres who will support the programme as associated partners: 

  • 2 Large multinational companies: Ericsson, STMicroelectronics
  • 3 Large national companies operating in different sectors: TIM, Trenitalia, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (Italy)
  • 5 International Research Institutes: Inter-universitary Consortium for Telecommunications (CNIT, Italy) KDDI R&D Lab (Japan), Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), National Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (NICT, Japan), SurfNet (The Netherlands)
  • 10 Small Medium Enterprises: EFFECT Photonics (The Netherlands), Bright Photonics (The Netherlands), VTEC Lasers & Sensors (The Netherlands), Phoenix Software (The Netherlands), Lumerical Solutions (UK & Canada), PILOT Photonics (Ireland), Smart Photonics (The Netherlands), Genexis (The Netherlands), Phoenix Photonics (UK), InFibra Technologies (Italy)

Key facts

Start date: October 2018
Duration: 2 years, 120 ECTs
Delivery: Lectures, workshops, small group seminars, individual and group presentations and projects, MSc dissertation
Qualification:International Joint Master Degree
Study type: Full-time

For the initial contact, please email:

Professor Sergei Turitsyn: s.k.turitsyn@aston.ac.uk (AIPT Director)
Dr Stelios Sygletos: s.sygletos@aston.ac.uk (AIPT MSc Programme Director)
Website:  http://pixnet.santannapisa.it/

If you are interested in completing a PhD programme in this subject group please contact us by email photonics@aston.ac.uk to find out more about current opportunities.  

We offer 12-month, full-time postgraduate programmes relating to telecommunications, photonics, Internetand data network technologies commencing annually in October. Our Masters Level programmes have been designed in partnership with the UK's leading telecommunications organisations, our programme has the full support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Federation of the Electronics Industry (FEI) Telecommunications and Radio Council. 

Our long-established MSc Telecommunications Systems is designed to develop or update a wide range of technical understanding, engineering 'know-how' and professional skills needed to contribute effectively to the design and development of telecommunication systems for national and international networks, and to enter telecommunications research.

MSc in Data Communication Networks which will be of interest to students interested in developing their technical careers in areas related to the design and development of data communications networks or to those wishing to enter research in this field.

MSc in Wireless Communications and Networking prepares students for an intellectually challenging career as a qualified engineer

We also offer Distance and Part Time Masters Study options for our MSc programmes.

We can supervise projects in the following areas

Possible projects in photonics:

  • Laser technology for blood pressure measurement 
  • Cardiorespiratory sensing 
  • Fibre-optic sensing technology for the oil and gas industry 
  • Sensing for aerospace 
  • Low loss polymer fibre grating sensors 
  • Composite material sensing with embedded sensors 
  • Gas sensing 
  • Nonlinear pulse shaping for pulse generation and optical processing 
  • Advanced microstructured waveguides for optical networks 
  • Nonlinear signal processing for telecommunications 
  • Super-channel transponders for ultra-high speed long-haul transmission 
  • Advanced multi-mode fibre transmission systems for data centre applications 
  • Femtosecond laser induced diamond nanostructures for photonics 
  • applications 

Possible projects in wireless communications:

  • Quantitative analysis of failure in Wireless Sensor networks. 
    Wireless sensor networks will form a backbone for the "Internet of Things" vision for the future. As the applications develop there will be a need to consider the network characteristics as part of the overall functional safety design of systems. The aim of this project is to study how node failures in a wireless sensor network affect an overall system failure rate for different network topologies and protocols.
  • Linear Topology Wireless Sensor Networks
    There are numerous applications for wireless sensor networks which require linear network topologies. These include the monitoring of oil pipelines, power lines and railway and roadside monitoring. The aim of this project will be to examine how well current network protocols operate in these scenarios and to develop and optimise a protocol optimised specifically for them.

Possible projects in Nanotechnology:

  • Diamond based electronic devices for harsh environments
  • Nanodiamond particles for biomedical applications
  • Femtosecond laser induced diamond nanostructures for photonics applications

Possible projects in Applied Physics:

  • Numerical modelling of femtosecond laser-matter interaction

How to apply  

How to apply

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Scholarships and funding options

SMARTNET Erasmus Mundus Programme

SMARTNET Erasmus Mundus Programme

SMARTNET EMJMD is a two-year (120 ECTS) joint master degree program with the mission to provide unique training opportunities to a cohort of talented young engineers and scientist in the inter-disciplinary fields of photonic and 5G wireless technologies for data communication, sensing and big data processing. First call opens on 1st December 2017.