Fully- Funded CDT Applied Photonics Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Scholarships, Uk 2018

Application Deadline: October 31, 2018

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics is initiating Applied Photonics Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Programme. The programme is open to UK and EU students

Degree Level: PhD

Field: Biomedical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics


Student fees paid for the duration of the programme and also receive an annual stipend of £21,053 (EngD). In addition to this the candidate has access to a conference budget of up to £3000 for the duration of the course. Full funding (fees and stipend) is available for UK students and for EU students who have been in the UK for the last three years (for example on a full-time degree course). 

Host Country: UK

Host Institution: University of Dundee, UK

Duration: 4 years

Number of Scholarships: Not known

Eligible Countries: 

UK: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

EU: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden


The candidate will have, or expect to obtain, a 1st or 2:1 honours degree in physics or a related subject. A background in optics or applied optics would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will have good communication skills, both verbal and written to enable them to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team. The ideal candidate will also be keen to develop skills to theoretically simulate, design and build optical experiments and analyse data.

Programming skills for simulating experiments and analysing data as well as demonstrable prior experience with optical experiments would be an advantage.

The project is fully funded for four years including fees and a stipend for eligible students. successful applicants will be part of a small yearly cohort that will meet for networking, technical and MBA courses as well as professional skills workshops.

English Language Requirements: 

Non-native English speakers need to provide evidence of a SELT (Secure English Language Test) at CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) Level B2 taken within 2 years of the date of application.

There are several types of SELT but IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the most common. The minimum requirement is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, no individual component can be less than 6.0 in a single sitting.

A degree from an English speaking university can also be accepted.


Instructions can be found on https://www.cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk/apply.html

Applications can be submitted via the Heriot-Watt website at https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/apply/uk/postgraduate.htm

Under level of study, please select ‘Postgraduate Research’, then choose ‘Applied Photonics, EngD’ as your programme selection.

Please submit the following supporting documents:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • Previous degree certificates and transcripts
  • References or contact details of two academic references. (Employer references are also accepted from applicants applying from a relevant industry background)

Under the field ‘Research project information’ please list “Advanced holography for augmented reality head-up displays (Ceres Holographics Ltd.)”.


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