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The Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Potonics is one of eighteen EPSRC funded Industrial Doctorate Centres. The Centre is a collaboration between Dundee, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews and Strathclyde Universities. With 350 members we are the largest academic body of optics and photonics researchers in the UK.

In partnership with our industrial partners we provide commercially-focused, Engineering Doctorate training across an expansive range of technologies in optics and photonics: including devices and systems and cognate technologies in signal and image processing, microsystems and product design and manufacture.

The EngD is an alternative to a traditional PhD aimed at students wanting a career in industry. Students spend about 75% of their time working directly with a company in addition to receiving advanced-level training from a broad portfolio of technical and business courses.

On completion students are awarded the PhD-equivalent EngD. Students entering our EngD programme typically have a background in the physical sciences, engineering or mathematics. Initial evidence suggests that the EngD qualification enhances employment prospects and starting salaries compared to a conventional PhD.

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Professor Derryck Reid
Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics
Heriot-Watt University
0131 451 3792

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