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Admissions Tutor

Dr Pier Sazio

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3144

Why choose the ORC

Our students are an integral and vital part of the research staff at the ORC. Our history of scientific and engineering achievement spans almost 50 years and it continues to lead the field of photonics today.

Some of the top photonics scientists and engineers are based at the ORC, and as part of our research team you’ll have the opportunity to work with them creating some history of your own.


Research success

With around 200 publications and 25 Invited or Plenary talks a year, as well as a spectacular history of innovation and entrepreneurship, we are internationally renowned.

Over the last 5 years the ORC’s citation impact has been 1.45 times the world average for optics and the UK’s highest cited paper in this field (from 2004-2010) “Ytterbium-doped large-core fibre laser with 1.36 kW continuous output power; OPTICS EXPRESS (Dec ’04) with 235 cites (world no. 8) is from the ORC.


Making a difference

Our researchers are striving to provide practical solutions to problems in industries ranging from communications and technology to defence and energy. ORC research breakthroughs have led to many life changing applications including the internet and efficient manufacturing.

Working as part of our research team you could help to pioneer the future, experiencing the pleasure of seeing your theoretical and experimental advances meet their applications and making a difference. The excitement of applying your research to solve real problems is second to none.


State-of-the-art facilities

Through continuous investment we ensure that all our researchers benefit from the world-class facilities that make the ORC one of the best research centres internationally.

We pride ourselves in the success of our research and ensure that our researchers have access to the equipment they need to continue and maintain our position as world-leaders. 

The ORC encompasses two buildings housing over 100 specialist state-of-the-art optical laboratories and clean rooms, providing the foundations for research and innovation in photonics technology. 

Find out more about our facilities


Industry connections

We have excellent relationships with business and industry both in the UK and internationally, providing support through joint research projects, consultancy, commercialisation of research, knowledge transfer and use of our facilities.

Our innovation has led to the development of 10 spin out companies in the local area. Our spin-out companies continue to maintain strong links with us, sponsoring research and providing a route through to the marketplace for new ideas, applications and technology. Our graduates often find themselves staying on in Southampton to work for one of these companies.


Community spirit

We're proud of the community atmosphere at the ORC. Our work is often multidisciplinary so our research groups work in collaboration with one another sharing their knowledge and expertise to help realise practical solutions to their problems.

We always make sure there's time to celebrate our achievements together, and get to know each other.


OSA Student Chapter

Southampton has an award winning Optical Society of America Student Chapter, the largest outside of the USA. The chapter committee organise a whole host of academic events as well as a full social calendar throughout the year to help our students to network with one another and fellow researchers. Social activities in 2010 included: 

  • Bi-weekly coffee and cake mornings
  • Arctic BBQ
  • Winchester fireworks and pub crawl
  • Quizzes
  • Charity cake sales
  • International food days
  • Historic tour of Southampton and pub crawl


Student success

ORC Alumni are some of the most influential people in photonics, and across the wider scientific and industrial community. A graduate degree from the ORC will prepare you to join them, and make your mark on the world. Today's ORC students are tomorrow's leaders!

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