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EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing


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Natural sciences



This new EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training provides fully funded PhD studentships and comprehensive training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing.

The EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing has been designed to complement the work of the world’s first Compound Semiconductor (CS) Cluster established in the UK, which has so far attracted over £500m in public and private funding.

Led by Cardiff University and partnered by the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and University College London (UCL), the CDT will provide a holistic understanding of the entire manufacturing process, equipping graduates with the skills and knowledge they need to accelerate their own career trajectory and in doing so change the face of UK CS Manufacturing.

The CDT builds on various Compound Semiconductor initiatives such as the Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult and the EPSRC Future Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Hub also led by Cardiff University.

The aim of these initiatives is to drive economic growth through partnership between industry and universities to apply the latest innovative research. The CDT has been co-created with IQE Plc, CSC Ltd, Newport Wafer Fab Ltd, and the Compound Semiconductor Applications (CSA) Catapult and includes over 24 industrial partners.

The CDT will support postgraduate students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in compound semiconductor technology as well as developing research and professional skills and an understanding of the industry.

The first year is a taught programme based on either the MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics or the MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics, depending on your interests and background, and will be undertaken at Cardiff University. During the first year, you will develop your PhD project alongside your chosen academic and industrial partners and so will be ready to hit the ground running on your PhD. For details of the programme, please visit our website.

All four universities have an outstanding track record in CS related research with a large, vibrant and diverse community of academics and researchers, and state-of-the-art facilities. Cardiff University, UCL, Sheffield and Manchester Universities have a total supervisory pool of over 70 academic staff with research excellence in compound semiconductor manufacturing.

What is funded


Applicants should have or be expecting to graduate with a good degree in physics, electronic or electrical engineering (first or 2:1) and have a genuine interest in compound semiconductors and enthusiasm for the group approach. Applicants with a lower second class degree (2:2) may be considered if they have a good result at Masters level study or significant relevant work experience. Normally, to be eligible for this CDT, you must have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start date of the studentship.

Applications are being accepted now for 15 places in the 2020 intake, via Cardiff University’s coursefinder. The next application deadline is 5th April, with interviews to be held at the end of April. If you have any queries, please contact us at


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