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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics
(Use-Inspired Photonic Sensing and Metrology)

Join our collaborative Centre for Doctoral Training!

The CDT in Applied Photonics has been funded by EPSRC and Industry since 2001 and we are the longest running Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonics in the UK. Our CDT is a partnership between the Universities of Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt (lead), Huddersfield, Strathclyde, St Andrews and NPL.

Our CDT is unique as each of our exciting research projects is sponsored by industry, providing industrially-informed doctoral projects in Photonic Sensing and Metrology.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics

The programme

Our programme is cohort based with a duration of four years. Core technical courses delivered in two 60-credit residential blocks, the first from September to December at the University of St Andrews and the second from January to May at the University of Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt. Each block comprises a set of mandatory courses, but elective modules are available from our partner universities.

Our student’s progress to their research project in June, with EngD projects located at the company’s site and PhD projects being based in one of our eight academic partners. The remaining taught courses are delivered by the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in intensive blocks in years two and three.

Forming a strong cohort is an important part of the programme and our students meet regularly for professional and computational skills workshops throughout the duration of the programme. Our students take part in Responsible Research and Innovation workshops and attend Outreach Training.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics

Doctor of Engineering (EngD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Our CDT students either study for an EngD (Doctor of Engineering) qualification or a conventional PhD.

The Engineering Doctorate (EngD) scheme was established by the EPSRC in 1992, as ‘their flagship postgraduate qualification’. It is a 4-year doctoral degree, with an emphasis on research in a business context, with the aim of delivering the senior research managers of the future.

Available projects

Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - uLED-based lab-on-chip platform (Fraunhofer and University of Strathclyde)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Advance diversity techniques for underwater optical communication and sensing (Fraunhofer and University of Strathclyde)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Beam steering systems for remote sensing applications (Fraunhofer and Heriot-Watt University)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Breaking boundaries in retinal imaging: harnessing computational prowess for dynamic 3D reconstructions and pinpoint accuracy with full-range OCT and advanced refraction compensation (Optos and University of Edinburgh)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Image capture and multimodal AI for interactive radiology assistance (Canon Medical and University of Edinburgh)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Next generation long range laser rangefinders based on single photon detectors and new laser technologies (Thales and Heriot-Watt University)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Novel laser designs to exploit low-cost-per-Watt pumping of Ti:sapphire for application in sensing, imaging, and precise timing technologies (Fraunhofer and University of Strathclyde)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Novel laser sources in the mid-infrared spectral region for security and sensing applications (Fraunhofer and University of Strathclyde)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Ophthalmic imaging with time and spectral resolution (Occuity Ltd and University of Strathclyde)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Photonic enablers in new generation for ultra-wide field retinal imaging (Optos and University of Dundee)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Remote, range-resolved ultra-violet Raman spectroscopy for safety in hydrogen fuel and nuclear industries (Fraunhofer Centre for Applied Photonics and University of Strathclyde)Details
Doctor of Engineering (EngD) - Towards a compact, low-cost microscope based on coherent diffractive imaging for inspecting optical waveguides and photonic integrated circuits (Fraunhofer and University of Glasgow)Details
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Laboratory-based physical emulation of long path atmospheric turbulence for imaging sensors (Thales and University of Glasgow)Details
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - Multiplexed fluorescent biosensors to profile infectious diseases (Bio-Techne and University of Edinburgh)Details

Equality and Diversity

The CDT in Applied Photonics values inclusivity and is committed to creating and sustaining a positive and supportive environment for all our applicants, students and staff, for further information please see our ED&I statement.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics

Funding Package

Our students have their fees paid for the duration of the programme and receive an annual stipend of at least £27,237 (EngD), £21,237 (PhD) in years 2-4. In addition to this they have access to a conference budget of up to £4000 for the duration of the course.

Entry Requirements

Applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis based on their academic qualifications and any relevant work experience. As a minimum we require candidates to have a First-Class or 2:1 MPhys or MEng degree or an MSc with merit (over 60%) in a relevant area, i.e. Electronic Engineering/Mechanical Engineering. Applicants who have a First-Class BSc/BEng (Hons) and can demonstrate significant relevant industry/research experience may also be considered.

For more information and how to apply:

Website: http://cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk/apply/

For enquiries please contact: CDTphotonics@hw.ac.uk

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics