The Compound Semiconductor Physics programme from Cardiff University has been designed to deliver thorough training and practical experience in compound semiconductor theory, fabrication, applications, and integration with silicon technology.
The programme is jointly delivered by the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS). The ICS is an exciting new development at the cutting edge of compound semiconductor technology. The Institute has been established as a founding member of the Compound Semiconductor Cluster, which also includes companies such as IQE plc, SPTS and Newport Wafer Fab, to capitalise on the existing expertise at Cardiff University and to move academic research to a point where it can be introduced reliably and quickly into the production environment. It is a unique facility in the UK, and aims to create a global hub for compound semiconductor technology research, development and innovation.
Our flexible curriculum contains a robust set of required modules and a number of cutting-edge elective modules, which include the latest results, innovations and techniques and are designed to incorporate the most effective teaching and learning techniques.
As part of the course you will undertake a 3 month summer project which will be based either in the School of Physics and Astronomy, within the ICS, or in placement with one of our industrial partners. We have strong, long-established industrial links with companies such as IQE and are therefore in a unique position to be able to offer a portfolio of theoretical, practical, fabrication and applications-centred projects in both academic and industrial placement environments. No other Russell Group university can offer such opportunities in this field.
Upon graduation, you will have the training, skillsets and hands-on experience you need to succeed in the dynamic and highly competitive field of compound semiconductors.
Cardiff University’s unique position at the forefront of compound semiconductor technology will provide you with the opportunity to develop experience and build contacts with a range of leading companies and organisations.
Our specialist elective modules are delivered by expert scientists, who deliver their courses based on their research expertise and current research portfolio.
We offer a range of specialist modules that give you the opportunity to tailor the programme to suit your interests and ambitions. Whether you’re fascinated by superconductivity and magnetism or want to specialise in photonics we have modules to suit you. We also have modules designed to develop commercial skills and more technical options such as advanced LabVIEW programming.
Central to the design of this programme is the opportunity to take ownership of real theoretical or practical projects. You will have acquired a full year’s worth of practical research experience by the time you complete your MSc, greatly enhancing your CV and prospects for employment or further study.
You will be trained in the practical use of the LabVIEW programming environment. Recognised by industry this will serve as a solid foundation for preparing for the National Instruments (NI) Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) examination.
We currently offer the opportunity to take the CLAD examination for free as an extra-curricular activity, supported by our certified academic staff. CLAD status is industrially recognised and indicates a broad working knowledge of the LabVIEW environment.
We encourage a “research group” atmosphere within which you’ll be given the opportunity to work together, across disciplines, to enhance each other’s learning and be a vital part of our thriving, international scientific community.
An MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics degree will open up opportunities in the following areas:
- Technical, research, development and engineering positions in industrial compound semiconductors, silicon semiconductors and semiconductor photonics;
- Theoretical, experimental and instrumentational doctoral research;
- Numerate, technical, research, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields;
- Physics, mathematics and general science education.
- Advanced Experimental Techniques in Physics
- Study and Research Skills in Physics
- Compound Semiconductor Fabrication
- Concepts and Theory of Compound Semiconductor Photonics
- Compound Semiconductor Application Specific Photonic Integrated Circuits
- Research Project
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
It is recommended you apply 9–12 months in advance of the course starting.
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- BSc Physics (2:1 minimum) OR
- BEng Electrical Engineering (2:1 minimum) OR
- BEng Electronic Engineering (2:1 minimum).
If you have a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in the above subjects, a related physical science, mathematics, astrophysics, astronomy, engineering or relevant industrial experience, your application will be given individual consideration. In such circumstances you may be required to attend a formal interview with the admissions tutor before an offer can be made.
International21950 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 21950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA9700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 9700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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