MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications

Key facts

Level: Postgraduate

Mode: Part-time

Duration: 2 years

Start date: August 2017

Course status: Applications not yet open

MSc in Microelectronics, Optoelectronics and Communications

Oxford’s 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.

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

This is a joint programme drawing on the Department of Engineering Science's research expertise with the flexible learning approach offered by the Department for Continuing Education's Continuing Professional Development Centre

Programme details

The course covers current and future trends in three key sectors:

  • Microelectronics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Communications

Students will study a total of 6 units over two academic years and will also complete an 18-week research project that concludes in a 15,000 word dissertation.

Teaching methods

Each unit includes one-week of intensive teaching in Oxford that will consist of a mixture of tutorial classes, practicals and lectures. During the residential weeks, there will also be opportunities for networking.

Online support

All course content is fully supported online with a range of discussions, readings and activities. 


Teaching in Oxford will take place within 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 laboratories available to students worldwide.

Assessment methods

Over the duration of the course, students are required to complete six taught modules which will be assessed through written coursework and submit a 15,000 word dissertation on a research project. 

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. Research projects provided by the Department of Engineering Science are also available to students for whom this would not be possible.


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).

Level and demands

The course is targeted at students 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 the necessary experience in the engineering themes.


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