The course is to prepare physical scientists, life scientists and engineers to work in the rapidly expanding disciplines of biophotonics and imaging. For those with a background in the biological sciences, emphasis will be placed on the quantitative methods that now play a crucial role in the development of biology. Students with previous experience in engineering or physics will be tutored in the challenges of working at the interface with biology.
We are also aware that preparing students for these new disciplines requires an innovative approach to teaching; for this reason most of the teaching will involve project work, some of which will be common to students from all backgrounds. Once this foundation is laid the student will engage in a research project of their choice supervised by leading researchers in the field. Opportunities to collaborate with PhD students and post doctoral workers are also available.
Students will gain training in optical science and technology and cell biology with different emphasis depending on their background. Students will also develop key skills enabling them to communicate with researchers in other disciplines.
Particular features of the course include:
- One-to-one supervision and tuition with expert members of staff
- Teaching informed by active leading researchers in interdisciplinary science and engineering
- Access to online course content
- Flexibility in course content
The MSc Biophotonics (by Research) is completed by full-time study over 12 months.
Taught elements will comprise 40 credits from the student's home discipline (either life sciences or engineering courses), in addition to an interdisciplinary element. Students with an engineering/physics background will be required to study 20 credits in life sciences courses. Students with a biology background will be required to study 20 credits in engineering courses. These requirements are provisional and subject to alteration prior to course commencement.
Our objective is to help you develop the confidence to work as a professional researcher, at ease with the conventions of the discipline, ensuring you are ready to tackle your chosen area of research.
In the early stages of writing your project dissertation, your supervisor will read through and comment on your draft work. The project dissertation itself comprises a significant piece of your own research.
Academic English preparation and support
If you need additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend a presessional course at the Centre for English Language Education, which is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK.
Students who successfully complete the presessional course to the required level can progress to postgraduate study without retaking IELTS or equivalent.
A specialist engineering course is available and you could be eligible for a joint offer, which means you will only need to apply for your visa once.