Fully funded places available in Applied Photonics

Heriot-Watt University

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The Programme
Established in 2001, the CDT in Applied Photonics and its predecessors is the UK’s longest running centre for doctoral training in photonics. Led by Heriot-Watt University it is delivered in partnership with the universities of St Andrews, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh, drawing from the combined expertise of these six Scottish universities. 
Our distinctive programme combines technical and MBA taught courses along with a detailed professional skills programme that provides our students with the tools they need to be effective researchers and future leaders of the photonics industry.
The CDT in Applied Photonics focuses on imaging, sensing and analysis, with each of our PhD and EngD projects proposed by one of our 30 company partners and driven by an industry need for highly skilled researchers.
Course Details
Our programme is structured with front-loaded technical courses in the first year. Semester one is spent at the University of St Andrews, and semester two in Glasgow, with courses delivered by the universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt, depending on course choices.
The depth of expertise from our academic partners, means that our students will be able to build a strong foundation of technical skills to prepare for the research component of the course in years 2-4. Students in their second and third year also benefit from accredited MBA courses.
Students typically spend 25% of their time on courses and 75% of their time on their research. EngD projects are typically based with the industrial sponsor of the project and PhD students are normally based within their host University.
Fees are paid, plus a stipend of £20,777 for EngD researchers and £16,277 for PhD researchers. A substantial travel budget will also be provided to attend training and conferences.
Funds are also available to support company employees who wish to study for an EngD whilst remaining in employment.
Entry Requirements
Studentships are available to UK and eligible EU citizens with (or about to obtain) a minimum of a 2.1 Masters or 1st Class Bachelor’s degree in Physical Science or Engineering subject.
The CDT in Applied Photonics values inclusivity and is committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive environment. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities, especially from women and other groups currently under-represented in our CDT.

 How to Apply
To apply now for September 2019 intake, please follow the application link below:
For further details on our Centre please visit:
For further enquiries contact: cdtphotonics@hw.ac.uk / 0131 451 8245.

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