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What to expect

Once you've been accepted for a place at the ORC, you should have an idea of the project that you're going to be working on. We will provide you with references to some reading material on the subject, to start bringing you up to speed. Communicating with your supervisor on their expectations in this regard is highly recommended.

Study for a PhD with the ORC

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Your first week

The majority of our students start in October at the beginning of the academic year; if you join us else when in the year your first week may vary slightly. We like all our students and staff to feel part of our community right from the word go. We'll provide you with a schedule of your first week, which will involve introductory talks from the senior staff, tours of the facilities and the basic information you'll need to function within the University. In addition, you'll have some safety training for the laser labs and fabrication facilities, and a party at the end of the week with the rest of the ORC to welcome you here.

We will introduce you to the the University of Southampton Optics and Photonics Society (OPSoc), which is the hub of a wide variety of social and professional activity among the students. OPSoc also incorporates the Southampton Optical Society student chapter, which is the largest in the world outside the United States. Membership is highly recommended.

Taught courses

Although the vast majority of your time here will be spent working on research projects, during your first nine months we will also give you a basic grounding in photonics to get you started. Depending on your background and what you're working on, there may be other courses your supervisor will recommend in addition.

More Information

If you have any questions at any point, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us. To find the right person for your query, please visit the contact pages.

I would thoroughly recommend the University of Southampton as an excellent place to study. You have access to first class facilities and it is also great for student life with a thriving social scene.
Angela Camerlingo
It was my prospective PhD supervisor at UNSW who encouraged me to take up the offer at Southampton due to its unparalleled reputation in the field. The environment and culture at the ORC was better than I could ever have hoped.
Nikita Daga
During my time at the ORC, I found a stimulating environment and the Optical Society was active and welcoming. I became student representative in my first year and secretary of the Society in my second year.
Alberto Sposito
The ORC is well known in the field as being at the forefront of research in optical fibres. Being able to study and work somewhere with such a wide range of technologies and equipment was a huge advantage in broadening my knowledge of photonics.
Andy Webb
“Yun Wang had always considered photonics as one of her hobbies. When she decided to explore the subject further, she chose an MSc in Photonic Technologies at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC).
Yun Wang
My interests lay in design and optimisation of multimode Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifiers for mode-division multiplexed transmissions. Strong support from the ORC’s fabrication and characterisation teams has allowed my fibre designs to be realised in-house.
Qiongyue Kang
My time at the ORC taught me how to be a successful scientific researcher and I received opportunities to get my work published in some highly respected scientific journals.
Mohammed Al Ahbabi, Director General of the United Arab Emirates Space Agency
The ethos and culture at Southampton of research excellence was useful for focusing my mind on high standards, which became important when starting Nature Photonics and striving to publish the best research in the world.
Oliver Graydon

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