Lasers and Photonics (F3218)

15 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

This module covers:

  • Maxwell equations
  • Optical field-matter interaction
  • Principles of Lasers and Rate Equations
  • Optical Resonators
  • Plane Waves
  • Ray-Tracing
  • Gaussian Beams.


69%: Lecture
31%: Seminar (Class)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.