• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Materials Science, Mathematics, Photonics, Physics, Engineering More...
  • Major code PHOT-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate

Learning Outcomes

1. To equip students with in-depth analytical, numerical and conceptual tools to understand the physical basis and functions of component devices which manipulate and control lightwaves.
2. To understand how photonic components are integrated with electronic and mechanical devices as well as signal processing in a multidisciplinary context as a basis for complex, real world photonic systems across broad areas of science and industry.
3. To acquire hands-on laboratory experience with photonic devices in an interactive laboratory environment.
4. With coursework knowledge as basis, be able to independently collect further technical and scientific information beyond the classroom to increase the breadth and depth of insight on photonic systems.
5. To acquire the ability to apply classroom knowledge in designing state-of-the-art photonic systems to meet the needs and challenges of the modern world.

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Areas of Interest

  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Photonics
  • Physics
  • Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Communications
  • Materials
  • Theoretical Physics

Additional Information

Photonic engineering is an important interdisciplinary human endeavour whose developments and applications span modern long haul telecommunications, biomedical diagnostics, avionics and astronomical instrumentation. Its technology also plays a key role in numerous high precision manufacturing processes. This major requires deep insight of the phenomenon of light so that the engineer can understand the physical basics and functions of the devices that manipulate and process light. Graduates are then expected to apply this knowledge to design and create innovative photonic systems which address the needs of science and industry. This degree provides rigourous training in theory, concept as well as a rich laboratory hands on experience. ANU also has many exciting project opportunities in photonics that demand in-depth analysis and critical thinking which require integration of knowledge from multiple fields of technology. Back to the top


48 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PHYS1101 Physics I 6
PHYS1201 Physics 2 6
PHYS2017 Waves and Optics 6
ENGN3334 Semiconductors 6
ENGN3512 Optical Physics 6
ENGN4513 Fibre Optics Communications Systems 6
ENGN4524 Photovoltaic Technologies 6
ENGN4613 Photonic Sensing Systems 6
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