MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications


Applications are now closed for 2017 entry. Please continue to check the graduate admissions webpage on this course for application status for 2018 entry.


The MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications offers a fantastic opportunity to study a part-time engineering conversion course, helping students to gain the key skills needed to embark on an engineering career. The course is designed to fit around busy working schedules, and offers both foundational and advanced modules in the three sub-disciplines. It has been designed to minimise time away from the work place through an online virtual learning environment that can be taken anywhere in the world accompanied by six residential weeks in Oxford that are spread over two years.

This course is particularly relevant to high-achieving individuals who are already working in an engineering context, have a mathematics or physics undergraduate degree, and who have been encouraged by their employers to gain up-to-date knowledge, skills and understanding in key electrical engineering sectors: Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications. This part-time course is also applicable to graduates from other disciplines in engineering.

The conversion course aims to provide students with all the essential transferrable skills and analytical abilities needed to progress in the electrical and electronic engineering sector.

This MSc is a joint programme drawing on the Department of Engineering Science's expertise in these areas combined with the flexible learning approach offered by the Department for Continuing Education's Continuing Professional Development Centre. Over the duration of the course, students are required to complete six taught units and submit a dissertation on a research project.


The MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications is a part-time course run over two years consisting of six units and a research dissertation. Students are full members of the University of Oxford and are matriculated as members of an Oxford college. The first year consists of the Microelectronics and Communications modules, which includes the principles, theories and methodologies underpinning the design of both analogue and digital electronic systems.

For the Communications module, students will learn about technologies used in the wireless communications industry as well as a critical awareness of their limitations and the new insights gained by looking at the forefront of current research. The second year of the course will focus on the Optoelectronics units, which will cover the fundamentals of applied optics and semiconductor physics that are required to understand the performance and design of optoelectronic components and devices. Students then have the option of choosing the Organic Electronics and Nanotechnology course or the Engineering in Society unit before they embark on a dissertation. Specifically, the course structure is as follows:

Year 1

  • Fundamentals of Microelectronics and Communications
  • Advanced Microelectronics
  • Wireless Communications

Year 2

  • Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices and Applied Optics
  • Optical Communications
and either
  • Organic Electronics and Nanotechnology for Optoelectronic Devices
  • Engineering in Society


Each unit includes one-week of intensive teaching in Oxford that will consist of a mixture of tutorial classes, practicals and lectures. All course content is fully supported online with a range of activities, resources and discussions. Teaching in Oxford will take place within the specialist laboratories of the Department of Engineering Science. Students also gain all the benefits of being at Oxford University, including access to some of the very best libraries, facilities and services available to students worldwide.



Students are encouraged to conduct their own research project in their home institution or company, with the aid of supervisors from the Department of Engineering Science. The Department can also provide Research projects to students if necessary.

Entry Requirements and How to Apply

Please visit the MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications page on the University of Oxford Graduate Admissions website for details of the entry requirements and how to apply. Details of the Course fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are available here.


Tutors for this course will comprise of academic staff from the electrical and optoelectronic division of the Department of Engineering Science. The MSc Course Directors are Professors Stephen Morris and Justin Coon.




Completing the MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications may help students to become Chartered Engineers (CEng) with the Institution of Engineering and Technology when combined with further learning in the workplace.

There are also opportunities to continue studying at doctoral level, either via a DPhil or DEng (a professional doctorate where students undertake much of their research within an organisation).

Further Information

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