MSc by Research (Photonics) 

International PG Engineering

 I chose to come and study at Aston as it’s an international university known for its reputation for excellence.”

Christine Heimerl

International Postgraduate Engineering Student

Entry requirements

2:2 Honours Degree in a numerate science from a UK university (or equivalent).

This programme will provide you with a basis for further PhD level research, or specialist entry into industry.

Connections with the world-renowned Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT)
In-depth research project provides a basis for further PhD level research, or specialist entry into industry
Opportunity to conduct a personalised, tailored and bespoke research project to suit your interests
Gain the specialist knowledge required to kickstart your career

Duration of programme:
Full Time:
1 year full-time: three months taught modules on campus and a nine month individual project.
Part Time:
2 years

Start date:
Intake: Up to 10 per year for UK/EU students and 15 per year for international students

Subject Requirements:
Applicants must achieve a minimum of a 2:2 Honours Degree in a numerate science from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. The Programme Director may conduct an interview in person or by telephone.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 


EU (home) rate £4052    

£2026 (for part-time: internal and external)

Non-EU (overseas) £15500
£7,750 (for part-time: internal and external)

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Photonics enables the majority of world-wide communications, almost all data on the Internet exists in optical form at some point during the transmission. Photonics also has many other applications in medicine, sensing biology and chemistry. On this course you will combine taught material which is specifically relevant to your research topic with advanced knowledge obtained from working in a world leading research environment. The course enhances employability in many industries including communications, civil engineering and bio-technology.

This programme trains aspiring academic and industrial research scientists. The programme consists of a training aspect of taught components (equivalent to 3 modules approximately during the first 3 months) and a significant interdisciplinary research project.

Research topics are chosen by students from a list of topics mirroring the computational expertise of the Mathematics group and the newly founded Systems Analytics Research Institute at Aston, with Computationally oriented projects in for example, biology, optimization, pattern analysis and physics as well as finance. The projects are supervised by academics from the Mathematics group and the Systems Analytics Research Institute at Aston.

The MSc integrates a taught component of three modules over approximately three months (30 credits) with a substantial individual research project lasting nine months (150 credits)

Core modules:

  • Computational Mathematics (10 Credits)
  • Research skills and Professional Development (10 Credits)
  • Specialist/Technical Research Skills (10 Credits)

Exemption from these modules may be arranged through APL or APEL, provided this is done prior to enrolment.

Students will have the opportunity to carry out a research project in collaboration with industry and through this learn about the application context of technology and the interaction between research and business.

Students will get access to appropriate computational and experimental facilities.

Aston University offers Wi-Fi connection, modern lecture/tutorial rooms, computer labs, lounge area, good learning resources and publications are available in the library and many electronically.

You can find out more about our Postgraduate scholarships for international students here.  If you are a UK or EU student, please email seaspgtaught@aston.ac.uk for information on funding.

Click on the Apply now button below. In the Apply Online enter the following information:

a.       Select University School – Engineering & Applied Science

b.      Entry Month – September (There is only one intake for this course)

c.       Attendance Type – Full Time

d.      Degree Type – Postgraduate Research

e.      Degree Programme – Master of Science By Research (Full Time September 2016)

Once you have entered this information then select Apply for selected Degree Programme


Postgraduate Research Admissions Officer

T: +44 (0)121 204 3500
E: seasres@aston.ac.uk

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