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Postgraduate study discount
Ten per cent discount on postgraduate courses for University of Southampton final-year students and alumni.
Dr Pier Sazio
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3144
Prof David Shepherd
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3373
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Photonics has changed the world in many extraordinary ways, from powering the internet, navigating airliners, correcting vision and protecting the environment.
Our world-leading research centre is a hive of activity with over 200 staff and students working on cutting-edge research to provide innovative solutions for real life problems in manufacturing, communication technology, defence, health care, renewable energy and the environment
We are looking for the photonics pioneers of the future to join our vibrant research team and work alongside our world-class researchers to create some history. Our physics and materials science PhD programme offers a solid start to any career in optics and photonics, whether you are planning to stay in academia or work in industry.
PhD degree in Photonics
Working alongside some of the world’s leading photonics, physics and advanced materials scientists, you will spend your time conducting novel research in our state-of-the-art facilities, keeping up to date with current research trends in photonics, physics, optics and advanced materials, writing journal papers and attending conferences.
Our students gain a solid grounding for their future careers in photonics, the key enabling technology for a host of industry sectors including:
- oil and gas
- medicine and healthcare
- defence and secruity
- manufacturing and
Our extensive training programme provides knowledge and skills through photonics lectures, skills training for report writing and presentation skills and full safety training for your research area.
In addition we also offer plenty of opportunities for networking with fellow researchers and potential employers through attendance at national and international conferences throughout the PhD as well as internal industry and academic events.
Structure of the PhD
Progression is based on annual reports and oral examination. The final PhD award is based on the PhD thesis and viva examination.
Duration of PhD studies: Full time: 2 - 4 years / Part time: 3 - 7 years
Our success as a research centre is closely linked to the success of our PhD programme. Consequently we take the welfare of our students very seriously and are willing to put aside time for every student. Your supervisor will meet you on a regular basis to see how your research is going and our dedicated student mentor will help to ensure that you are settling in.
PhD research projects
We have over 30 research groups working on a wide variety of physical science, optics and advanced materials research projects. Our supervisors are always on the lookout for new students to join their teams. A full list of the PhD projects available with our research groups can be found in the PhD project section of the website.
Students are required to have either a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area from a recognised University - and a basic background in Mathematics.
Our work is multidisciplinary, so we are keen to get a diverse spread of students with science and engineering backgrounds. This includes the obvious subjects like Physics, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Chemistry, with the less obvious such as Biology and Materials Development. The requirements may vary depending on your background and the projects that you may be working on.
How to apply and funding your PhD
Applications for 2017-2018 entry are open from 1st October 2016. Please apply online here, ensuring that you select Optoelectronics Research Centre under the Academic Unit.
We normally have a good number of fully funded scholarships available for UK applicants, with an enhanced tax-free stipend of up to £18k. Applications are accepted throughout the year but you should apply as early as possible in order to get the best choice of projects.
We are normally able to fund the fees of EU applicants but we only have limited funding to support living expenses. The competition for this funding is therefore tough and obtaining funding from any other source (e.g. self-funding) will increase chances of success. Please note that EU students who have been working or studying in the UK for the previous 3 years can be fully funded by the ORC as equivalent UK students. You should also note that students whose first language is not English will need to complete an IELTS test. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, with 5.5 in each component. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit: www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.
Please bear in mind that the competition and the funding for overseas (i.e. non UK/EU) students in particular is extremely intense and scarce as it is no longer possible for us to fully fund international studentships. Therefore, BEFORE you consider an application to the ORC you should seek external funding such as from your own government or other external funds which may be available, including self-funding, well ahead of preparing your application.
If you require an offer letter or any other supporting documents from the ORC in order to apply for an external scholarship please apply to the ORC in good time to enable us to meet any deadlines set by the external scholarship awarding body.
Our international fees are approximately £21,360 per annum for 3.5 years and we believe that a student needs at least £10,000 per annum in order to live in Southampton.
You should also note that students whose first language is not English will need to complete an IELTS test. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, with 5.5 in each component. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit: www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.
Specific instructions for:
Chinese Applicants: Many of our Chinese applicants apply for Chinese Scholarship Council (CSC) scholarships to help support their PhD studies. In order to do this you should apply to the ORC before January 2017 stating in your application that you intend to apply for a CSC scholarship. We will then select the best CSC applicants and make them the offers that they would need in order to apply for the CSC scholarship (normally in March-April).
Mexican Applicants: Many of our Mexican applicants apply for a CONACYT scholarship to help support their PhD studies. In order to do this you should apply to the ORC in good time to enable us to interview you and make you an offer such that you can meet any deadlines required by CONACYT.
Commonwealth Applicants: Many of our applicants from Commonwealth countries apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship to help support their PhD studies. In order to do this you should apply to the ORC in good time in order for us to provide any supporting statements required.
Self funding applicants: Self-funded students will be required to cover their own programme fees and living expenses. Our international fees are approximately £21,360 per annum for 3.5 years and we believe that a student needs at least £10,000 per annum in order to live in Southampton.
Further information on fees and funding can be found at: www.soton.ac.uk/postgraduate/feesandfunding/index.html
Our open days provide the opportunity to find out more about the PhD programme and funding, tour our state-of-the-art laboratories and clean rooms and meet some of our vibrant team of research staff and students.
Our next open day will take place on Wednesday 22 March 2017.
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