Master of Engineering in Photonics

Overview of photonics

Photonics pathways: Engineering, Biology, Computing, Chemistry, Physics

Photonics has become increasingly prevalent across broad areas of science and engineering, including fundamental research, telecommunications, optical metrology and biomedical applications to name a few. As an ever expanding field, photonics continues to have significant impact in biology, physics, and engineering, requiring a well rounded, multi-disciplinary approach to tackle it’s scientific and technical challenges.

At ANU, the Master of Engineering in Photonics program has been designed to equip students with the necessary technical and professional skills to be at the forefront of the field in both research and industrial environments. As part of the program, students are introduced to multi-disciplinary problem solving following a systems engineering process, as well as advanced technical knowledge in photonics through a range of specialised coursework and research projects.

Why study at ANU?

The ANU has over 40 years experience in photonics research and teaching, making the faculty world leaders in the field. In the program, students are given the opportunity to undertake a research project (PHYS8170) with one of these world leading researchers in either the Research School of Physics and Engineering or with the Research School of Computer Science and Engineering. Participants will gain hands on experience working in one of the many photonics fields currently being explored at these Schools, while contributing to the cutting-edge research being done at ANU.

Students who complete the Master of Engineering in Photonics at ANU are well positioned to continue into a research degree, such as a PhD, or transition directly into industry. For the students continuing in research, it is possible to build upon work with research groups carried out during their research project as part of the Masters program.

What does the program involve?

The Masters of Engineering in Photonics program currently offered at ANU gives students an understanding of the broad spectrum of work in the photonics field. Students are introduced to a variety of marketable skills that can be used to launch them into their future career.

The program is primarily a coursework degree with the required units outlined in the courses details section below. The courses cover a raft of fundamental physics, technical and professional skills required for photonics including:

  • Optical Communication/Fibre Optics
  • Lasers
  • Sensing and Detection Systems
  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Optoelectronics
  • Astronomical Instrumentation
  • Semiconductors
  • Nonlinear physics

Other subjects included in the coursework are systems engineering, system modelling, and professional practice. These courses are designed to introduce students to a multi-disciplinary approach to engineering complex systems and develop their professional communication skills which positions ANU graduates to take leadership roles after completing their studies.

The Master of Engineering in Photonics is a two-year, full time study program which includes 12 compulsory courses and one full year for the compulsory research project. The course has both start of year and mid-year entry options.

Courses details

The required courses are listed below (96 credits total):

Course code Course title Credits
ENGN6250 Professional Practice 1 6
ENGN6512  Optical Physics 6
ENGN6513 Fibre Optics Communications Systems 6
ENGN6613 Photonic Sensing Systems 6
ENGN8100 Introduction to System Engineering 6
ENGN8120 Systems Modelling 6
ENGN8260  Professional Practice 2 6
PHYS8014 Photonics in Biotechnology and Nanotechnology 6
PHYS8015 Photonics Laboratory 6
PHYS8016 Photonics Advanced Topics 6
PHYS8017 Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics 6
PHYS8170  Research Project in Photonics 24
And one of the following (6 credits total):
ENGN6334 Semiconductors 6
ENGN6524 Photovoltaic Technologies 6
ENGN6626 Digital Communications 6
PHYS3035 Fourier Systems and Optics 6

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