Ph.D. On Campus


University of Southampton

24 months
21360 GBP/year
18000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


A PhD with the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton will provide a solid education for a research or professional career.  With over 70 projects to choose from, many that are fully funded,  you will get the opportunity to work alongside some of the world’s leading photonics, physics and advanced materials scientists in the country. 


There are more than 90 state-of-the-art labs to work in and over 200 researchers working in all areas of photonics.  

Career opportunities

The Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton has an excellent track record of publishing in high profile research journals and in leading international conferences. Former PhD and postdoctoral researchers have made successful careers in Universities worldwide or as scientists and business leaders in industry. The quality of our research outputs, the cluster of spin-off companies and the worldwide network of successful alumni place the ORC amongst the top institutes worldwide for doctoral research. 

Programme Structure

Session 1: General Photonics Principles
Beam Propagation
  • Gaussian Beam Optics
  • Pulse Propagation in Dispersive Media
  • Optical Fibres and Fibre Telecommunications
Optical Nonlinearities
  • Nonlinear Optics
  • Nonlinearities in Optical Fibres
Lasers and Waveguides
  • Laser Physics
  • Solid State Lasers
  • Planar Waveguides
Session 2: Selected Topics
  • Fibre Gratings
  • Numeral Techniques in Optics
  • Metamaterials
  • Optical Pulse Characterization
  • Microstructured Fibres
  • Glass Poling, Fentomsecond Laser Writing
  • Optical Fiber Sensors, High Power Fibre Lasers

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students are required to have either a first or upper second class degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area from a recognised University - and a basic background in Mathematics.
  • Our work is multidisciplinary, so we are keen to get a diverse spread of students with science and engineering backgrounds. This includes the obvious subjects like Physics, Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Chemistry, with the less obvious such as Biology. The requirements may vary depending on your background and the projects that you may be working on.
  • Students whose first language is not English will need to complete an IELTS test. We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0, with 5.5 in each component.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    21360 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21360 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    18000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18000 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 6 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

University of Southampton


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!