Dig Into Optical Techniques

... as part of Biophotonics studies at these institutes around the world. Edex’s top picks

Published: 27th October 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th October 2014 04:43 AM   |  A+A-

Lund University, Sweden

The Biophotonics Group at the Division of Atomic Physics of the University is researching on Biomedical Optics. Research on the medical applications of laser-induced fluorescence for diagnostic purposes was initiated in 1982. The group is presently working within several medical and pharmaceutical applications. As a Research Fellow, you can study more about photodynamic therapy of prostate cancer, in vivo monitoring of human tissue, as well as industrial applications such as spectroscopy of pharmaceutical materials. You could also explore spectroscopic and optical analysis of complex, highly scattering materials such as biological tissue and porous pharmaceutical solids.


Cardiff University, UK

Cardiff School of Biosciences offers an MSc in the subject. The programme is suitable for Physics and Chemistry graduates and is intended to take you to the forefront of research in Optics, Light Spectroscopy, Laser Physics and other topics. Topics covered in the course include Advanced Light Microscopy, Laser-based Analysis, Nanoparticles as Optical Bio-labels, Biosensors and Medical Applications. There is also a four-month research project to be undertaken, which will give students an opportunity to carry out cutting edge bioscience research using optical tools.


University of Nottingham, UK

It offers a one-year full-time MSc (research) in the subject. Graduates with at least a second class in Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering or a suitable engineering, scientific or mathematical discipline with an IELTS score of 6 can apply. Any three of the following modules have to be completed — Microscopy and Image Analysis, Instrumentation and Measurement Ultrasonics, Imaging Principles and Technology, Digital Signal Processing for Telecommunication and Multimedia and Instrumentation. Compulsory modules include Introduction to Managing Research, Planning Research and Time Management, Research Policy, Intellectual Property Rights and Management in Science and Engineering.


University of St Andrews, UK

The research wing of the University concentrates on Optical Transfection, Optical Cell Sorting, Optical Neuronal Guidance, Raman Spectroscopy, Photodynamic Therapy, Integrated Optical Trapping, Optical Coherance Tomography, Caged Compounds, Förster resonance energy transfer and Advanced Imaging. The wing aims to exploit novel emerging photonics techniques in the study and treatment of disease processes at the cellular and molecular levels. For those who want to engage in their research, funding is available through the SUPA Prize scholarship scheme. You could also explore Commonwealth Scholarships.


Lancaster University, UK

It offers an MSc in the subject introduced in 2008. The University advertises that through the course, “Students will gain a thorough understanding of the fundamental principles of photonics and will be able to apply their inter-disciplinary expertise to the application of emerging technology platforms in a novel way to biological problems. They will develop strong analytical and data-handling skills. Future employment prospects would be within academia and industry.” The University also has a Centre for Biophotonics to facilitate and develop innovative ideas and techniques in modern science and technology. Bursaries covering registration fees, stipend and bench fees available are available for prospective candidates.



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