Taught course

Compound Semiconductor Electronics

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Engineering

Entry requirements

  • BEng Electronic Engineering (2:1 minimum) or
  • BEng Electrical Engineering (2:1 minimum) or
  • BSc Physics (2:1 minimum).

If you have a 2:2 bachelor’s degree in the above subjects, a related physical science, mathematics, engineering degree or relevant industrial experience, your application will be given individual consideration.

For those applying solely or partially on the basis of relevant industrial experience, the likelihood of being offered a place on the course is highest for research and development experience in the field of microwave engineering or silicon/compound semiconductors, but experience will be carefully considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Compound Semiconductor Electronics has been designed to provide you with advanced level knowledge and skills in compound semiconductor engineering, fabrication and applications, and to develop related skills, enhancing your engineering competency and employability.

This programme is jointly delivered with 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 in partnership with IQE plc, 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 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 Engineering, 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)29 2087 0050