Year one

You will undertake modules from an MSc programme at Cardiff University focused on compound semiconductors, either in Physics or Electronics. This will include a significant practical component including relevant software and cleanroom training.  If you complete all requirements, you will be awarded the MSc.

You will also have the opportunity to attend a UK semiconductor conference and work with a Mentor to develop your own personal development plan which will be updated throughout the PhD.

PhD project selection

During the year, a catalogue of PhD projects will be circulated from which you will be able to select your preferences. After interviews, the project will be confirmed and you will prepare a project plan for your PhD as part of an MSc module. From June to August, you will undertake research relevant to your PhD project and submit it for the MSc dissertation stage.


You will participate in cohort activities, including weekly tutorials, a guest lecture series, a Journal Club, and training in project management, responsible research and innovation, and intellectual property rights and commercialisation.

Guest Speakers and Visits

A programme of guest speakers from industry and universities will cover specific CS topics such as large area manufacturing, Inductively Coupled Plasma Processing, Metal- Organic Chemical Vapour Deposition (MOCVD) and Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE), RF techniques, Lithography, life-time testing of devices, and design software tools.  You will also have the opportunity to visit the facilities of our partners, including Newport Wafer Fab and the IQE ‘Megafoundry’.

Journal Club

You will take turns with your colleagues to summarise interesting and technically strong journal articles for the rest of the cohort, which will allow you to practice the important skills of constructively criticising published literature while learning how to produce higher standard academic publications.

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