Master of Photonics


Photonics is becoming an increasingly important aspect of human endeavour as its developments and applications spread into a wider area of scientific and engineering disciplines and applications.

At the ANU there is an accumulation of 40 years of research and teaching in photonics. Furthermore in 2009, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Professor Charles Kao for his pioneering research with optical fibres in the 1960's and highlights the importance of photonics developments in contemporary science and engineering.

The structure of the Master of Photonics degree provides insight into the physical basics of guided wave photonics, lasers, light processing, nonlinear waveguiding phenomena, digital communications, solar electricity and semiconductor physics.

The basic lecture courses that are listed below form the backbone of the degree and cover a raft of qualitative and quantitative theoretical derivations and practical applications. The latter include: architecture, astrophotonics, biophotonics, computing, nanophotonics, security, sensing, solar energy, telecommunications and optical transmission systems, and transport.

In addition there is a 3-month theoretical or experimental Research Project that is undertaken with world leaders in photonics in the Research School of Physics and Engineering and the Research School of Computer Science and Engineering.

The Work Experience in Photonics course provides hands-on activity within a local company at the cutting edge of photonics.

Admission criteria

A good undergraduate degree in science or engineering including basic optics and electromagnetism is preferred. Prospective students with different three-year degrees are considered, taking into account relevant academic background and professional or other experience.

The program consists of 8 compulsory courses, all of which students are expected to complete. The program is designed for completion in one year of full-time study and may be undertaken starting in Semester 1 in February at the beginning of the academic year, or starting in July at the beginning of Semester 2. The degree may also be taken part-time over a longer period.

Course details

The current list of courses currently includes the following.

  • PHYS6500 Optical Physics
  • PHYS6501 Fibre Optic Communication Systems
  • PHYS6502 Microphotonics, Biophotonics & Nanophotonics
  • PHYS6504 Semiconductors
  • ENGN6524 Solar Electricity
  • ENGN6626 Digital Communications
  • PHYS6503 Work Experience in Photonics
  • PHYS8505 Research Project

The Work Experience course covers hands-on activity undertaken with a photonics-based company in the Canberra region.

The Research Project is undertaken with photonics researchers in ANU and is arranged by the Convenor to suit individual students strengths.

In exceptional circumstances, alternative courses may be offered.

For more information contact

Master of Photonics Convenor

Chow, Jong Profile Photo
Convenor for Photonics Program
02 6125 1547

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