The University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland, announced it has added a degree in electronics with photonics among four new offerings to its portfolio of energy programs and will receive the first intake of students in September 2009. The electronics with photonics program, available as either a five-year master's or four-year bachelor's degree, aims to meet the future demands of the photonics industry in the UK, which plays a crucial role in sectors including communications, medical and defense, the university said. "Scotland is a key player within the electronics and photonics industry. The University of Aberdeen in particular is renowned for its strong expertise within this area, hosting one of only three research groups in the world to conduct studies into the use of holographic equipment. The introduction of the new electronics with photonics degree further reflects the university's commitment to nurturing talent within this important sector," said professor John Watson, School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen. "Exciting technological advances, including the anticipated introduction of 3-D TV within the next decade and increasing prominence of electronic holography in sectors such as medicine, are expanding business opportunities for employers and therefore career prospects for graduates." The university has also added degrees in electronic engineering with oceanic instrumentation, mechanical and electrical engineering with energy studies, and electrical engineering with sustainable energy.