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Aston University: Photonic Integrated Circuits, Sensors and Networks (PIXNET) (2 years)

Institution Aston University View institution profile
Department School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Telephone 0121 204 3762
Study type Taught


PIXNET is a unique two year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree course supported by European Union funding.

Offered jointly by four universities across the world, you’ll benefit from the distinctive and complementary academic qualities and strong educational and research environments of each one, graduating with two, full masters qualifications.

You’ll also benefit from the involvement of industrial partners who will give you the opportunity to bridge the gap between your academic knowledge and its real-world applications. This will be especially helpful as you work on your masters project.

What you’ll learn

During this two year course you’ll study a crucial field in the evolution of information and communications devices. You’ll learn about the role of photonics integration within communications, sensing and switching, all of which will significantly enhance your employability when you graduate.

Our course gives you the knowledge and skills to design, build and evaluate innovative, integrated devices based on photonic technologies. It’s an interdisciplinary initiative to train telecommunications and electrical engineers to investigate the adoption of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PIC) as a central pillar in the evolution of information and communication devices. 

There are five specialisms you can choose as a student on this collaborative course:

  • Optical switching technologies

  • Optical transceiver technologies

  • Design of photonic integrated devices

  • Photonic integrated devices manufacturing

  • Theory and techniques for photonic integrated devices.


Aston University

Aston University is a stimulating and enjoyable place to study. We pride ourselves on providing a modern, supportive and multicultural environment and are committed to giving you the opportunity to achieve your full potential. You will learn in a friendly and diverse community in the centre of Birmingham, a vibrant and multicultural city in the heart of the UK.

You will be taught by both academic experts and practitioners who bring a wealth of real world experience into the classroom. There is an emphasis on learning by doing, to ensure that you gain practical experience by applying …

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