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Master of Engineering in Photonics

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of Engineering in Photonics requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

66 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ENGN6512 Optical physics

ENGN6513 Fibre optic communication systems

ENGN6613 Optical waveguide sensing

ENGN8100 Introduction to Systems Engineering

ENGN8120 Systems Modelling

ENGN8150 Professional Communication I

ENGN8160 Professional Communication II

ENGN8528 Optics for Solar Energy

PHYS8014 Photonics in Bio and NanoTechnology

PHYS8015 Photonics Laboratory

PHYS8016 Advanced Topics in Photonics

6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

PHYS3035 Fourier Systems and Optics

ENGN6334 Semiconductors

ENGN6626 Digital Communications

ENGN6524 Photovoltaic Technologies

12 Units from completion of PHYS8170 Group Project

12 units from completion of 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level elective courses offered by ANU

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with an average mark of at least 70%

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate disciplines

Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Physics

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The aim of this two-year program is to provide students with a qualification in Engineering at the Masters level. Students will gain in-depth advanced technical knowledge in Photonics Technologies, an area of world-leading research strength at the ANU. The global photonics industry is growing rapidly, offering exciting career prospects in research and development, telecommunications industry, sensing and biomedical diagnostics. The program contains a targeted professional development component as well as an opportunity to select electives from other areas of study anywhere in the University.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Apply systems-engineering approaches to address complex and multi-disciplinary real-world engineering problems
  2. Demonstrate a high level of technical knowledge in subjects relevant to Photonics and associated technologies.
  3. Communicate effectively with colleagues, other engineering professionals and the broader community using a range of communication media and tools
  4. Work professionally as an individual and in a team environment
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of engineering research methods and carry out applied research in the area of Photonics Technologies

Further Information

New students should read the document found here for course advice.
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