Taught course

Compound Semiconductor Electronics

Cardiff University · Cardiff School of Engineering

Entry requirements

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Months of entry


Course content

This course has been designed to deliver thorough training and practical experience in compound semiconductor theory, fabrication and applications, and integration with silicon technology.

Industry connections

Our unique position at the forefront of compound semiconductor technology provides opportunities for you to gain experience and build contacts with a range of leading organisations.

Emerging employment opportunities

This course will help you to develop the skills necessary to take advantage of emerging employment opportunities within the growing compound semiconductor sector.

Specialist modules

You can tailor this course to the particular industry or areas that interest you with a range of specialist modules. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with students on related courses, gain exposure to new fields, and even develop new business opportunities through our Commercialising Innovation module.

Interdisciplinary learning

We encourage a research group atmosphere where you can work across disciplines to enhance your learning and be a vital part of our thriving, international scientific community.

Translational Research Hub

The Institute for Compound Semiconductors is based in our new Translational Research Hub, a multi-million-pound Cardiff University innovation hub where industry and scientists work together to solve commercial challenges.

This course is delivered by the School of Engineering in collaboration with the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors (ICS) and benefits from the knowledge and expertise of all of these areas.

The ICS is a unique facility in the UK,which aims to create a global hub for compound semiconductor technology research, development and innovation. The Institute includes companies such as IQE plc, SPTS and Newport Wafer Fab and aims to capitalise on the existing expertise at Cardiff University, moving academic research to a point where it can be introduced reliably and quickly into the production environment.

Our flexible curriculum includes the latest results and innovations and is designed to incorporate the most effective teaching and learning techniques. There course includes a robust and diverse set of modules including a range of cutting-edge optional modules for you to choose from.

As part of the course you will undertake a three month summer project, which can be based either in the School of Engineering, within the ICS, or as part of a placement with one of our industrial partners. We have strong, long-established industrial links with leading companies and are able to offer a portfolio of theoretical, practical, fabrication and applications-centred projects in both academic and industrial environments.

As a graduate of this course, you will have the training, skills and hands-on experience you need to succeed in the dynamic and highly competitive field of compound semiconductors.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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If you’re a home-fee paying student, you can apply for a £3,000 Master’s Excellence Scholarship from Cardiff University to help cover the cost of this programme.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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