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MSc Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks (PIXNET)

PIXNET Aston University

You will receive high-quality training in photonic integration for communication, sensing and switching. This will significantly enhance your employability in these areas."

Dr Stylianos Sygletos
Programme Director

Entry requirements

A previous qualification in a related field


Graduates from similar previous programmes have gone onto PhD study in European institutions or into senior level roles in industry.
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This programme is delivered by the world-leading Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies
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Receive high-quality training, specialising in photonic integration for communication, sending and switching.
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78% of our research has been ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF)
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Benefit from close links to university and industrial partners

Entry requirements 

For graduates with a previous qualification in Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecommunication Engineering, Physics or a related discipline. Applicants whose native language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. You can view our English language policy here

Erasmus Mundus 2 year programme

Start date: September
Duration: 24 months full-time: three semesters of taught modules on campus at at least two of the partner institutions and a six-month individual project.
Fees: Scholarship and self-funded places available. Please see http://pixnet.santannapisa.it/admission/participation-fees/ for full details

Aston University only - 1 year programme*

Start date: September
Duration: 12 months full-time
UK/EU: £7,600 (2018/19 fee)

International: £16,000 (2018/19 fee)  
*subject to full approval

Scholarships

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

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.

Erasmus SMARTNET

Why choose PIXNET

  • Study a crucial field in the evolution of information and communication devices
  • Receive high-quality training, specialising in photonic integration for communication, sensing and switching
  • As part of the Erasmus Mundus programme, graduate with two full MSc qualifications 
  • Benefit from close relationships with key industrial partners

 PIXNET is a two-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme supported by European Union funding. 

You will receive high-quality training in photonic integration for communication, sensing and switching, significantly enhancing your employability in any of these areas on graduation. Offered by a consortium of universities, you’ll benefit from the distinctive and complementary academic qualities, and strong educational and research environments, of each.  

Alternatively, a non-Erasmus, Aston University only, PIXNET training pathway is available, leading to a standard MSc qualification (180 credits).

Both programmes are aimed at training talented students to become capable of designing, realising and assessing innovative integrated devices based on photonic technologies. As well as being of academic importance, the programme is an interdisciplinary, multinational initiative to train telecommunication and electrical engineers to investigate the adoption of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) as the central element in the evolution of information and communication devices. 

The strong involvement of industrial partners in the programme will offer you the opportunity to bridge the gap between your academic knowledge and practical application. You will be encouraged to carry out a number of industrial visits to enhance your MSc project.

Specialisms

As a student of the collaborative PIXNET programme, you will be able to choose to follow one of the following pathways:

Optical switching technologies
Optical transceiver technologies
Design of Photonic integrated devices
Photonic integrated devices manufacturing
Theory and techniques  for photonic integrated devices

If you'd like to apply for the Erasmus programme, you can use the link above, or apply here.


If you'd like to apply for the Aston University programme, applications will be open soon.

University Partners

Scuola Superiore Sant’anna (Pisa, Italy)
Aston University (UK)
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Osaka University (Japan)

Industrial Partners

19 formal Associated Partners including Ericsson, STMicroelectronics, TIM, Trenitalia, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana and 10 specialist SMEs.

Both programmes will equip you not only with the theoretical knowledge but also the transferable skills in related disciplines that will give you the potential to play a leading role in the evolution of integrated photonics as a key technology for the future development of many modern industries, including ICT, biomedical industries, sensing and the aerospace industry. 

Graduates from similar previous programmes have gone onto PhD study in European institutions or into senior level roles in industry. 

For application enquiries, contact the admissions team on pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk


Interested? We'd love to hear from you.


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