The MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics has been designed to deliver thorough training and practical experience in compound semiconductor theory, fabrication and 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 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 programme 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 boast 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 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.
The MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics is a two-stage programme delivered over three terms.
• Autumn term (60 credits, taught)
You will undertake two required modules (30 credits total) covering core skills and three elective modules of 10 credits value each covering specialist skills.
• Spring term (60 credits, taught)
You will undertake three required modules (40 credits total) covering core skills and two elective modules of 10 credits each covering specialist skills.
You must successfully complete the 120 credits of the taught component of the course before you will be permitted to progress to the research project component.
• Summer term (60 credits, research project)
The summer term consists of a single 60 credit research project module of 3 months’ duration. You will be required to produce a research dissertation and present your research to the School in order to complete this module.
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
Compound Semiconductor Physics Research Project
Multiple assessment methods are used in order to enhance learning and accurately reflect your performance on the course. In the required modules, a mixture of problem-based learning, short practical projects, written assignments, coding exercises, written and oral examinations and group work will be used.
In some of the required modules there are weekly assignments. The feedback provided for these allows you to make incremental improvements to the development of your core skillset, giving you ample opportunity to implement the suggestions made by our expert staff.
The methods used on the elective modules vary depending on the most appropriate assessment method for each module, but typically include written and/or practical assignments together with a written and/or oral examination.
All assessments make use of feedback, which can be divided into formative and summative feedback.
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.
There will be a number of industrial placements each year for the summer research project module, which will either be hosted at the ICS or at the industrial partner’s facilities. The number and nature of these projects will vary from year to year and will be assigned based on merit demonstrated during the autumn and spring terms.