The aims and curriculum of a one-year Master's course, designed to give a specialised introduction to the field of Opto-Electronics, are summarised. The course was instituted in 1968, when the subject matter was mainly laser physics, laser systems and their applications. Subsequent reviews of the course material, most recently in 1987, have increased the emphasis on optical communications, image processing and other IT material.
The course comprises 180 hours of lectures arranged in six 30-hour units: Electromagnetic radiation and design of optical imaging systems; Optical and opto-electronic materials; Photon sources; Photon detectors and image storage; Information theory and optical information processing; Modern optical systems. Practical classes are at the rate of 10 hours per week for two terms. Students also carry out a literature survey and write an essay on a topic of current opto-electronic interest. Following written examinations, successful students carry out a three-month research project in an industrial laboratory or in association with one of the Department's research divisions.
Statistics on the recruitment, qualifications and funding of students are presented, together with information on the initial placement of graduates in the optical industry and elsewhere.