Optics & Photonics

main content

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.

> Back to the homepage for Centres for Doctoral Training

Visit the Centres website for further details and information on how to apply


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

Did you know...

…with 350 members this is the largest academic body of optics and photonics researchers in the UK