- Programme type: Research
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Conventional imaging systems record a 2D projection of a three-dimensional scene. However, inclusion within the imaging system of a simple curved diffraction grating, manufactured locally by the diffractive optics group, can deliver a set of images showing the 3D structure of the scene in a single exposure. Simply by changing the shape of the grating, the layers imaged can be very close together (a few µm in spacing has been achieved) or can be many metres apart.
We are looking at the opportunities presented by this imaging technique to obtain high-quality 3D images in bio-medical applications (such as microscopy or retinal imaging) or to obtain 4D imaging (position and velocity) in fluid flow problems (in collaborations with colleagues in Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering). We have designed a new telecentric microscope (to control the magnification in microscope images) that is presently being patented.
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English language requirements
If your first language is not English, or your first degree was not taught in English, we’ll need to see evidence of your English language ability. The minimum requirement for English language is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme:
- 2 semesters English (for IELTS of 4.5-5.0);
- 12 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5);
- 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5*-6.0). (*minimum 5.5 reading and writing)
Fees for this programme can be found on our Tuition fees page.
Scholarships & bursaries
Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan
International (Commonwealth citizens)
Commonwealth Scholarships Scheme
Candidates from developed Commonwealth countries (see below)
EPS PG Research Scholarships
All PG research applicants
East Lothian Educational Trust
Applicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
Entente Cordiale Scholarships
French nationals aged 35 or under.
James Watt Fees Scholarships
All UK/EU applicants
Leverhulme Trade Charities Trust
Restricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland) Prize Studentships
Students with suitable qualifications and a project proposal as outlined on the MASTS website
Remission of Fees (families of staff)
Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
SUPA Prize Studentships
Students with a PhD proposal in Physics
Scotland's Saltire Scholarships
Citizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
Employees of Heriot-Watt University
West Lothian Educational Trust
Individuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.