MSc(Eng) Semiconductor Photonics and Electronics

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

This is where brilliant ideas are turned into advanced technology. Our expert staff are at the top of their game.

I have always loved every aspect of electronics. The course has been extremely varied so I have been able to learn a whole variety of new subject areas. I have met so many different types of people and gained so many useful contacts.

Francis Ryder, postgraduate student in Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

About the course

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Semiconductor photonics and electronics underpin many areas of advanced and emerging technologies, from high efficiency LED lighting to advanced photovoltaics and lasers for communications.

This course covers fundamentals through to cutting edge research in areas such as GaN materials and devices (behind the solid state lighting LED revolution), nanoscaled materials and devices, and photonic device manufacture.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the materials and device theory whilst developing excellent practical experimental skills in extensive semiconductor cleanroom lab-work, giving you a competitive edge for work in industry or further study.

Francis Ryder, postgraduate in the Department of Electornic and Electrical Engineering

Core modules

  • Semiconductor Materials
  • Principles of Semiconductor Device Technology
  • Packaging and Reliability of Microsystems
  • Nanoscale Electronic Devices
  • Energy Efficient Semiconductor Devices
  • Optical Communication Devices and Systems
  • Compound Semiconductor Device Manufacture
  • Major Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Research-led teaching, lectures, laboratories, seminars and tutorials. A large practical module covers the design, manufacture and characterisation of a semiconductor component, such as a laser or light emitting diode.

This involves background tutorials and hands-on practical work in the UK’s national III-V semiconductor facility.

Assessment is by examinations, coursework or reports, and a dissertation with poster presentation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Maths and other branches of engineering involving significant mathematical competence from a good UK university or equivalent international degree qualification

If you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or industry experience, we’ll give your application individual consideration.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Apply now

September 2018 start

Course description 2018

Semiconductor photonics and electronics underpin many areas of advanced and emerging technologies, from high efficiency LED lighting to advanced photovoltaics and lasers for communications.

This course covers fundamentals through to cutting edge research in areas such as GaN materials and devices (behind the solid state lighting LED revolution), nanoscaled materials and devices, and photonic device manufacture.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the materials and device theory whilst developing excellent practical experimental skills in extensive semiconductor cleanroom lab-work, giving you a competitive edge for work in industry or further study.

Postgraduate with electronics equipment

Core modules

  • Semiconductor Materials
  • Principles of Semiconductor Device Technology
  • Packaging and Reliability of Microsystems
  • Nanoscale Electronic Devices
  • Energy Efficient Semiconductor Devices
  • Optical Communication Devices and Systems
  • Compound Semiconductor Device Manufacture
  • Major Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Research-led teaching, lectures, laboratories, seminars and tutorials. A large practical module covers the design, manufacture and characterisation of a semiconductor component, such as a laser or light emitting diode.

This involves background tutorials and hands-on practical work in the UK’s national III-V semiconductor facility.

Assessment is by examinations, coursework or reports, and a dissertation with poster presentation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Maths and other branches of engineering involving significant mathematical competence from a good UK university or equivalent international degree qualification

We will also consider your application if you have a 2:2 or equivalent, or industry experience.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Apply now

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Apply now

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Nathan Porter
E: eee-mscrec@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5442

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.