Key facts

The ORC is the birthplace of the technology which underpins the Internet: the optical amplifier has fuelled the explosive growth of the Internet. More than one billion Internet users now exchange over 2,000 Petabytes of data every month -most of this travels through our optical amplifiers. 

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014: the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) was returned through Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE), which ranked first in the UK based on its 'research power' ranking, derived by calculating the volume of high quality research under REF (Research Excellence Framework) 2014.

Our researchers publish over 200 journal papers per year and enjoy tremendous academic success.

We conduct world-leading research in advanced materials from; the strongest, lightest silica nanofibres which could change the future of composites, to 5-dimensional data storage in nanostructured glass allowing unprecedented 360 TB/disc data capacity and thermal stability up to 1000°C with practically unlimited lifetime.

Our researchers are pioneering the use of fibre lasers in ground-breaking particle accelerator technologies, with the aim of replacing CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC).

Our drive to innovate and capitalise our research means there are as many special fibre drawing plants in Southampton now as in the whole of the USA. 

Fibres invented and made in Southampton are on the Moon and Mars. Our ideas navigate airliners, cut steel, mark iPads, manufacture life-saving medical devices and power the global internet. 

Over 700 of our enterprising alumni are in key positions all over the world – some of them millionaires. 

MSc Programmes

Gain research lab experience with which few universities can compete.

The Optoelectronics Research Centre is a leading centre for the study of photonics and optoelectronics in the UK. With a distinguished research record and renowned worldwide for our entrepreneurial culture, we have demonstrated extraordinary success in our commercial endeavours.

As a postgraduate student, you will work with internationally respected academics at the forefront of their disciplines, tackling some of today’s biggest challenges, from capacity crunch to biophotonic sensors in healthcare applications, to high power lasers at the cutting edge of manufacturing. 

Our excellent facilities, key partnerships with major industries
and a world-leading research base will ensure that your time studying
with us will be productive, challenging and enjoyable. 

Taught courses (MSc)

Our taught degrees are 12 month Master of Science (MSc) programmes. They
consist of two semesters of taught modules followed by an individual research
project during the summer. The taught modules in the first semester are usually
compulsory for the particular MSc stream, while the second semester allows you
to select a wide range of optional modules across the spectrum.

During the summer project you will work under the supervision of an academic
member of staff towards your dissertation.

Learn more about our MSc programmes:

MSc Optical Fibre Technologies   MSc Photonic Technologies

Studying with us

We are a prestigous research centre on our field, with an engaging, friendly community. It's a welcoming environment in which to study and our excellent
facilities and tutors create the best environment to support your learning.

Alumni, Angela Camerlingo says,“I would thoroughly recommend the University
of Southampton as an excellent place to study. You have access to first class
facilities and it is also great for student life with a thriving social scene.”

Securing your future career

As well as pushing the boundaries of knowledge in your chosen field, you will
have opportunities to develop the attributes that are vital for success in today’s
global employment market. We are proud of the fact that we have one of the
best employment records of all UK Universities. 

World-class facilities

We are proud of our unrivalled facilities such as the superb Mountbatten
complex: 730m2 of state-of-the-art clean room facilities and laboratories,
providing unique fabrication capabilities over a broad spectrum of photonic
materials, processes and devices.

The building provides a research base for our multi-disciplinary research 
progammes and is also used to fabricate speciality fibres for a range of
applications. Taking your Master of Science with us will give you exposure
to premier quality research facilities and equipment.

Further, we have a range of labs including the Femtosecond Applications
of Science and Technology (FAST) lab, Novel Glass and Silica Fibre
fabrication facilities, several Bragg grating fabrication facilities and Metamaterials
labs, among others.

MSc Optical Fibre Technologies    MSc Photonic Technologies 


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