Advances in photonics techniques over recent years have led to a rapid growth in the take-up of this technology in industry. This is especially the case in telecommunications, where high-capacity optical transmission systems are now widespread in telecommunications networks. This MSc is an advanced course intended to provide a thorough understanding of the science and technology of such devices, systems and networks. A first degree in electronic engineering or physics is necessary for admission to this MSc.
Modules and Options
The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.
ADVANCED AND ULTRA-FAST OPTICS
ADVANCED TRANSPORT NETWORKS
Compulsory: NETWORK CONCEPTS
Compulsory: OPTICAL COMPONENTS I
Compulsory: OPTICAL COMPONENTS II
Compulsory: PHOTONICS LABORATORY
Compulsory: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AND RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
Compulsory: TRANSMISSION SYSTEMS
Core: MSC PROJECT/DISSERTATION
NONLINEAR OPTICAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Teaching and Assessment Methods
A: Knowledge and Understanding
A1 : Fundamentals of optical transmission systems and networks, including problem solving techniques
A2 : A broad range of principles and techniques governing the analysis, design and implementation of optical communication systems and subsystems
A3 : Physical principles fundamental to the analysis, design and implementation of photonic devices
A4 : Optoelectronic devices used in optical transmitters and receivers
A5 : Advanced topics in selected areas of modern optical networking and switching for present and future communications
A6 : Advanced topics in selected areas of optoelectronics and photonics research
A7 : Selected research topic for project
Lectures are the principal method of delivery for the concepts and principles involved in A1-A6.
Understanding of the concepts in A1-A6 is reinforced by a combination of classes, laboratory work, report writing, assignments and self-study.
A7 is developed through attending seminars, library search, project work, self-study, and presentations of seminars.
A1-A6 are assessed through closed-book written examinations, assignments, weekly laboratory reports and multi choice progress tests.
A7 is assessed through project report and oral defence.
B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
B1 : Knowledge integration: Integrate and evaluate information and data obtained from a variety of resources including lectures, seminars, books, scientific publications and internet.
B2 : Problem solving: Analyse a problem, either theoretical or practical, compare alternative approaches and propose plausible solutions using knowledge and experience.
B3 : Investigation and reporting: Under the guidance of a supervisor plan, carry out and report on a programme of research.
B4 : Evaluation, design and implementation: Analyse complex devices and systems and come up with novel designs and implementations.
B5 : Independent thinking: Think independently to make connections between familiar and new ideas and generate their own ideas.
B1-B5 are developed in the laboratory classes by working in groups to carry out experiments, computer stimulations, analyse and solve problems, and evaluate complex systems and designs with the help of demonstrators. They are also developed during the project work, carried out in research laboratories.
The main assessment methods for intellectual and cognitive skills (B1-B5) are technical reports (laboratory, project and laser safety reports) and oral presentations associated with project work. B2 and B5 are further assessed through written examinations.
C: Practical Skills
C1 : Test and measurement skills: Including the use of test equipment and measurement techniques used in optoelectronics research and technologies.
C2 : Design and implementation skills: Design of devices and systems and their applications in telecommunications industries.
C3 : Research skills: Including use of appropriate methods to locate resources and forming research questions and pursuing them autonomously.
C4 : Writing skills: Including use of proper academic conventions, creating logical and structured narratives and effective use of language to write technical reports and articulate complex conceptual issues.
C5 : Computational Skills: Use and further develop computer programmes for simulation and data retrieval.
C6 : Laser Safety: Assessment of electrical chemical and physiological hazards. Classification of lasers.
Students develop creativity and practical skills through a cycle of practice, feedback and critical reflection. C1, C2, C4 and C5 are developed through laboratory work, laboratory reports, and project work and project report. C3 is developed through project work, seminars, industrial short courses and supervision.
C6 is developed through seminars, laboratory demonstration, written reports and internet access.
Practical skills are assessed through demonstrations, laboratory reports, laser safety report, oral presentations and project report.
D: Key Skills
D1 : Communicate information, arguments and ideas effectively using documentation, written reports and oral presentations.
D2 : Use information technology to retrieve information for learning, research and presentation purposes.
D3 : Apply mathematical methods for problem solving, design, analysis and implementation.
D4 : Apply knowledge, understanding and systematic methodology to make judgements and offer solutions in a range of context.
D5 : Participate as a member of a team to solve technical problems and contribute to the management of team projects.
D6 : Work to briefs and deadlines, learn independently, manage time and resources, develop their own work and be self-critical.