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Why do a Postgraduate PhD?

A PhD with the ORC will provide a solid education for a research or professional career.  With over 70 projects to choose from you will get the opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s leading photonics, physics and advanced materials scientists in the country.  There are more than 90 state-of-the-art labs to work in and over 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics.  

Career opportunities

The ORC has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and in leading international conferences. Former PhD and postdoctoral researchers have made successful careers in Universities worldwide or as scientists and business leaders in industry. The quality of our research outputs, the cluster of spin-off companies and the worldwide network of successful alumni place the ORC amongst the top institutes worldwide for doctoral research. 

What will I get out of it?

As an ORC PhD student you will gain a solid grounding in photonics, a key enabling technology that will open up a wide range of careers in academia or industries such as: 

Our extensive training and mentoring programme provides knowledge and skills through photonics lectures, skills training for report writing, project management, time management, presentation skills and full safety training for your research area. These are all essential life skills for the next step in your career.

Our research groups

We have a number of research groups working in these three broad categories: optical fibres; nanophotonics and metamaterials; and photonics systems, circuits and sensors; with a number of research groups carrying out work in more specific areas. Our supervisors are always on the lookout for new students to join their teams.  

Fees and funding

Full tuition plus, for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £18,000 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years. Limited funding for EU applicants is available.  Overseas students who have secured external funding are welcome to apply.

Networking and Social Groups

We also offer plenty of opportunities for networking with fellow researchers and potential employers throughout your PhD at national and international conferences, industry and academic events.  We have an active postgraduate student society - OpSoc - which organises a busy calender of academic, careers and social events throughout the year, and play a key part in our work with schools and the community.

International recognition, clear research impact, extraordinary access to world-class facilities and a strong social community means to me, there is simply nowhere better than the ORC to do a PhD in Photonics.

Alexander Jantzen - PhD Photonics third year student, and Vice-President, University of Southampton Optics and Photonics Society (OpSoc)

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