M.Sc. On Campus

Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks

Aston University

12 months
16350 GBP/year
7700 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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During this one year Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks course from Aston University, you’ll benefit from the involvement of industrial partners who will give you the opportunity to see how your academic knowledge can be practically applied. This will be especially helpful as you work on your masters project. 


We also run a two year ERASMUS-funded joint Masters course in partnership with three universities across the world. This course includes spending time at different locations to maximise the expertise across the four universities. 

What you’ll learn 

The Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks course from Aston University give you the knowledge and skills to design, build and evaluate innovative, integrated devices based on photonic technologies. It’s an interdisciplinary initiative to train telecommunications and electrical engineers to investigate the adoption of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) as a central pillar in the evolution of information and communication devices.  

Career prospects

As a key technology that plays a vital and growing role within many modern industries, including ICT, biomedicine, sensor technologies and aerospace, this course will equip you with both the theoretical knowledge as well as the transferable skills necessary to forge an exciting career in the field.

There is high demand from industry for graduates with these skills, and those graduating from similar courses have gone onto further study at prestigious European institutions or into senior level roles in industry.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Radio Systems and Personal Communication Networks
  • Optical Networks
  • Modelling and Characterisation of Fibre Photonic Devices
  • Optical Communications Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Parallel Programming Techniques
  • Broadband Wireless Networks
  • Strategic Management and Finance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The sooner you make the application the better especially if you are an international student who requires a VISA to study the course starts in September.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For graduates with a previous qualification in electrical engineering, electronics, telecommunication engineering, physics or a related discipline. 
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16350 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7700 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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