M.Sc. On Campus

Optical Fibre and Photonic Engineering

University of Southampton

12 months
28000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Through this Optical Fibre and Photonic Engineering MSc course offered by the University of Southampton, you'll gain specialist knowledge of technologies that harness the power of light, such as lasers and optical fibres. You'll also master the engineering skills and business insight to apply your knowledge in this growth sector.


Course Details

If you've got a passion for physics and engineering materials, but want to keep your job opportunities open, this Optical Fibre and Photonic Engineering MSc course offered by the University of Southampton. Many students go on to study for a PhD, but many also go into industry, or set up their own business.

You’ll be part of an active, research-focused, postgraduate-only community; the largest photonics group in the UK. You'll also have a rare opportunity to see firsthand how fibres are made, as we’re one of only a handful of universities with optical fibre production facilities.

During this MSc degree, you'll make photonic components and devices in our new 1,200m2 cleanroom complex. This is the largest multidisciplinary cleanroom of its type in the UK. 

Our inventions can be found on the Moon, on Mars and on the International Space Station. We built the foundations of the internet and our research is powering changes in medicine, telecommunications, defence, renewable energy and manufacturing.

Some of the best photonics researchers in the world will support you to develop your research skills and you’ll gain hands-on experience of the many practical applications of optical fibres and photonics engineering.

You'll gain practical insights into how to run a modern photonics business through our Industrial Showcase Week. During the week you’ll visit several businesses and learn from experienced photonics business leaders how to apply research and engineering skills to real-world problems.

We’ll foster your entrepreneurial spirit, helping you develop your ideas and connect with mentors and investors; 11 spin-out companies have so far been developed from our Optical Research Centre.

Career Opportunities

  • Our academics’ industry knowledge and their global network of contacts in the photonics sector mean they are well placed to help you with your career choices, and may be able to put you in touch with photonics companies that match your specialist skills and interests.
  • Our masters students also have access to career support through our dedicated Careers Hub. It organises an annual careers fair attended by photonics companies, runs careers workshops throughout the year and coordinates an online jobs portal.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Lasers
  • Optical Fibres
  • Advanced Fibre Telecommunication
  • Optical Fibre Sensors
  • Photonics Laboratory and Study Skills
  • Lasers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need the minimum of a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline such as physics, electronics, engineering, materials science or mathematics.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £28,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 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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