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Electroneg Lled-ddargludyddion Cyfansawdd (MSc)

  • Hyd: 1 flwyddyn
  • Dull astudio: Amser llawn

Dyddiad dechrau

Diwrnod agored

Dysgwch am astudio'n ôl-raddedig yma yn ystod ein Diwrnod Agored nesaf.

Pam astudio’r cwrs hwn

Mae’r radd MSc mewn Electroneg Lled-ddargludyddion Cyfansawdd wedi’i dylunio i gyflwyno hyfforddiant trylwyr a phrofiad ymarferol ym maes theori Lled-ddargludyddion Cyfansawdd, gwneuthuriad a chymwysiadau ac integreiddio gyda thechnoleg silicon.


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.

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.

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Meini prawf derbyn

1. BEng Electronic Engineering (2:2 minimum) OR

2. BEng Electrical Engineering (2:2 minimum) OR

3. BSc Physics (2:2 minimum).

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.

English Language Requirements for non-UK applicants

Entry to courses in Engineering will be subject to the University requirements for English language

Will this course be ATAS registered?

We expect to have a HESA code starting in H6, therefore ATAS certification will not be required.

Duration of Programme (normal length of registration)  

Full-time    1 year

Mode of Study (face-to-face, distance learning, blended learning) 

This is a face to face Programme over one year full time.

Programme Start/End dates – please see http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/regis/sfs/dates/ for the exact start and end dates

September to September 

Programme Accrediting Body

Institution of Engineering and Technology (Accreditation to be applied for once running)

Accreditation Note

Once achieved, accredits the programme as Further Learning for the purpose of meeting the requirements for registration as a Chartered Engineer

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ofynion Iaith Saesneg.

Mae'n rhaid i ymgeiswyr sydd angen Fisa myfyriwr i astudio yn y DU gyflwyno cymhwyster iaith Saesneg derbyniol er mwyn bodloni gofynion UKVI (Fisâu a Mewnfudo y DU).

Euogfarnau troseddol

You are not required to complete a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check or provide a Certificate of Good Conduct to study this course.

If you are currently subject to any licence condition or monitoring restriction that could affect your ability to successfully complete your studies, you will be required to disclose your criminal record. Conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • access to computers or devices that can store images
  • use of internet and communication tools/devices
  • curfews
  • freedom of movement, including the ability to travel to outside of the UK or to undertake a placement/studies outside of Cardiff University
  • contact with people related to Cardiff University.

Strwythur y cwrs

The MSc in Compound Semiconductor Electronics is a two-stage programme delivered over three semesters (autumn, spring, and summer) for a total of 180 credits.

Stage 1: Autumn/Spring terms (120 credits, taught)

You will undertake required modules totaling 70 credits, covering essential skills.

You will additionally have the choice of 50 credits of optional modules from a total of 100 credits, with each module 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.

Stage 2: Summer term (60 credits, dissertation/research project)

The summer semester consists of a single 60 credit research project module of 3 months’ duration. You will be required to produce a research dissertation to the required standard in order to complete this module. Students completing Stages 1 and 2 will qualify for the award of the MSc degree.

Mae'r modiwlau a ddangosir yn esiampl o'r cwricwlwm arferol. Byddant yn cael eu hadolygu cyn blwyddyn academaidd 2021/22. Bydd y modiwlau terfynol yn cael eu cyhoeddi erbyn mis Medi 2021.

You will have two weeks at the beginning of the autumn term to attend any elective modules you are interested in so that you can finalise your choice for that term.  You will need to make your final selections for the spring term before the Christmas recess.  You will be supported in generating and negotiating a research project proposal during the spring term in order to prepare for your summer research project.

Mae'r Brifysgol wedi ymrwymo i ddarparu amrywiaeth eang o opsiynau modiwl lle’n bosibl. Ond byddwch yn ymwybodol er y byddwn yn gwneud pob ymdrech i gynnig dewis, gall hyn gael ei gyfyngu mewn rhai amgylchiadau. Y rheswm am hyn yw'r ffaith mai dim ond nifer cyfyngedig o leoedd sydd ar gael ar rai modiwlau, a gaiff eu dyrannu ar sail y cyntaf i'r felin. Mae'n ofynnol i fodiwlau eraill sicrhau isafswm nifer o fyfyrwyr cyn gallu eu cynnal, er mwyn gwneud yn siŵr y gellir cyflwyno addysg o ansawdd priodol. Gall modiwlau gael eu cyfyngu oherwydd gwrthdaro yn yr amserlen hefyd, ac er bod y Brifysgol yn ymdrechu i amharu cyn lleied â phosibl ar eich dewis, byddai'n syniad da i chi ofyn am gyngor gan yr Ysgol berthnasol am y dewisiadau modiwl sydd ar gael.

Dysgu ac asesu

Sut y caf fy addysgu?

A wide range of teaching styles will be used to deliver the diverse material forming the curriculum.

Lectures can take a variety of forms depending on the subject material being taught. Generally, lectures are used to convey concepts, contextualise research activities in the School and to demonstrate key theoretical, conceptual and mathematical methods.

You will practice and develop critique, reflective, analytical and presentational skills by participating in diverse learning activities such as research group meetings, seminars and open group discussions. At all times you will be encouraged to reflect on what you have learned and how it can be combined with other techniques and concepts to tackle novel problems.

In the practical laboratory sessions, you will put the breadth of your knowledge and skills to use, whether that be using your coding skills to automate a laboratory experiment, designing components for a large piece of equipment or troubleshooting research hardware. The emphasis on the MSc in Compound Semiconductor Electronics is squarely on acquiring and demonstrating practical skills which will be of use in a research environment and hence highly sought-after by employers.

When working on your dissertation you will be allocated a supervisor from among our teaching staff. Dissertation topics are typically chosen from a range of project titles proposed by academic staff, usually in areas of current research interest, although students are encouraged to put forward their own project ideas. Projects may also come forward from potential employers and industrial partners who may be able to offer work-based placements for the duration of the project work.

Sut y caf fy asesu?

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, in-lab assessment, written assignment, simulation exercises, written and oral examinations and group-based case study work will be used.

Feedback provided by your MSc Tutor, Module Leaders and for some modules, your fellow students will allow you to make incremental improvements to the development of your core skillset.

The methods used on the optional 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.

Sut y caf fy nghefnogi?

Your MSc Tutor will usually also act as your Personal Tutor. They will help you reflect on your performance and advise you on research and study techniques, module selection and career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Career Service). They will also provide a first point of contact if you experience any difficulties.

MSc students are invited to all postgraduate events including the Postgraduate Lecture Series and Postgraduate Research Conferences.  At these events, you can meet and talk with PhD students, researchers and attend key lectures covering the School’s research activities, best practice and safety.

All of our modules make extensive use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, where you can access discussion forums and find course materials including recordings of lectures (where available), links to related materials, lecture slides, assessment scripts, model solutions and examples of student work from previous years.

When you undertake the summer research project you will be assigned an academic supervisor whose responsibility it will be to keep you properly advised and supported throughout your research project.  They will be your first point of contact during the research project and it is usual that your supervisor will be the lead researcher in any group / sub-group that you join as part of your project.

This programme is designed to foster a strong community spirit within the MSc cohort.  You will often work together in pairs, in groups and as a cohort.  MSc groups will generally meet weekly at which point you will report progress, discuss problems and suggest solutions.  This strong peer-support and peer-learning/teaching has proven extremely powerful in enhancing our students’ learning.

Pa sgiliau y byddaf yn eu hymarfer a’u datblygu?

As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both discipline-specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. 

Knowledge & Understanding:

Students completing the Programme will:

  • Demonstrate a sophisticated level of knowledge and understanding of the engineering methodologies and tools in the field of compound semiconductor electronics; 

  • Undertake a leading role in design and development activity, including an up-to-date knowledge of the academic literature, the major companies and market pressures in the industry, the wider compound semiconductor context, and relevant legal and safety issues; 

  • Understand the essential elements within complex issues, and understand how these may be solved in a systematic and creative manner to tackle real-world problems.

Intellectual Skills:

Students completing the Programme will:

  • Show originality, competence and confidence in tackling both familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • understand the application of Compound Semiconductor Electronics to the design, implementation and management of systems that are able to collect, manipulate, interpret, synthesise, present and report data
  • contribute to the continuing development of engineering practice and research based upon a critical evaluation of existing methods.

Professional Practical Skills:

Students completing the Programme will be able to:

  • Efficiently and effectively integrate into a research group environment, including concisely reporting progress, negotiating activities and timescales, supporting colleagues and working in a team;
  • Plan, propose and execute a sophisticated research project with realistic goals, deliverables and contingency plans;
  • Undertake detailed device level characterisation of semiconductor components and application design based upon an in-depth understanding of the major issues surrounding architecture and structures;
  • Appreciate the stages involved in the realisation of compound semiconductor devices as well as the advanced communications systems that employ them, including characterisation and measurement, modelling, computer aided design, optimisation, fabrication and test.

Transferable/Key Skills:

Students completing the Programme will demonstrate:

  • Effective communication skills, including literature reviews, literature critiques, academic article writing, long report writing and formal scientific presentations 

  • Effective and efficient group and team working skills, including negotiation, compromise, contingency planning, time management and record-keeping; 

  • Engagement, liaison and collaboration with expert academic and industrial research scientists and the ability to transfer concepts, methodologies and modes of presentation between both environments; 

  • Capability of assuming a high level role within an organisation, including being prepared for higher-level research studies.  

Ffioedd dysgu ar gyfer dechrau astudio yn 2021

Myfyrwyr o'r DU

Blwyddyn Ffioedd Dysgu Blaendal
Blwyddyn un £9,700 Dim

Myfyrwyr o'r UE, AEE a'r Swistir

Bydd gwladolion yr UE, yr AEE a'r Swistir sy'n dechrau yn 2020/21 yn talu'r un ffioedd dysgu â myfyrwyr y DU drwy gydol eu cwrs.

Os ydych chi'n wladolyn o'r UE/AEE neu'r Swistir, oni bai eich bod yn gymwys i gael statws ffioedd y DU, bydd ffioedd dysgu ar gyfer 2021/22 yn unol â'r ffioedd a godir ar fyfyrwyr rhyngwladol. Mae UKCISA wedi darparu gwybodaeth am Brexit a ffioedd dysgu.

Myfyrwyr o weddill y byd (rhyngwladol)

Blwyddyn Ffioedd Dysgu Blaendal
Blwyddyn un £21,950 £1,000

Rhagor o wybodaeth am ffioedd dysgu a blaendaliadau, gan gynnwys ar gyfer myfyrwyr rhan-amser a pharhaus.

Cymorth ariannol

Gallai cymorth ariannol fod ar gael ar gyfer unigolion sy'n bodloni rhai meini prawf. Cewch ragor o wybodaeth yn ein hadran arian. Dim ond hyn a hyn o gymorth ariannol y gall y ffynonellau hyn eu cynnig, felly ni allwn warantu y bydd pawb sy'n bodloni'r meini prawf yn cael arian.

Costau ychwanegol

If students are required to travel to/from an industrial placement during a summer research project, then there are student mobility bursaries available to cover these costs, which will be considered on a case-by- case basis. 

A fydd angen unrhyw gyfarpar penodol arnaf I astudio’r cwrs hwn?

What the student should provide:

The University will provide all equipment necessary to undertake the degree programme, but it is strongly recommended that you bring a relatively modern laptop computer in order to be able to make progress on activities while away from the University facilities. 

What the University will provide:

  • Computer labs, practical laboratories and equipment for the entire cohort’s activities during the required modules;
  • Access to the University’s research-grade cleanroom facilities and electronic labs for practical instruction in the taught component of the course and a number of the summer research projects;
  • Access to the Trevithick and other University libraries, where textbooks and recommended reading for the required and optional modules can be accessed.
  • Where required, access to key computer aided design software tool licences to allow students to progress their activities while away from the University facilities.

Costau byw

Rydym wedi ein lleoli yn un o ddinasoedd mwyaf fforddiadwy y DU. Rhagor o wybodaeth am gostau byw yng Nghaerdydd.

Gyrfaoedd a lleoliadau gwaith

An MSc in Compound Semiconductor Electronics will open up opportunities in the following areas:

  • Technical, research, development and engineering positions in industrial compound semiconductors, silicon semiconductors and advanced communication systems; 

  • Theoretical, experimental and instrumentational doctoral research; 

  • Numerate, technical, research, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields; 

  • Physics, mathematics and general science education.

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.



Ysgoloriaethau Rhagoriaeth Meistr

Dyfarniad o £3000 sy'n agored i holl fyfyrwyr y DU a'r UE sy'n bwriadu astudio un o'n cyrsiau Meistr ôl-raddedig.

Cyllid Graddau Meistr Ôl-raddedig

Os ydych yn ddarpar fyfyriwr gradd Meistr ac yn dechrau eich gradd meistr ym mis Medi 2020 neu’n hwyrach, gallech wneud cais ar gyfer benthyciad ôl-raddedig ar gyfer eich gradd ym Mhrifysgol Caerdydd.

Camau nesaf


Ymweliadau Diwrnod Agored

Cofrestrwch ar gyfer gwybodaeth am ein dyddiadau yn 2021.

Gwnewch ymholiad

Cysylltwch â ni am ragor o wybodaeth am y cwrs hwn.


Mwy o wybodaeth am ein prifysgol fyd-eang.

Rhagor o wybodaeth

Pynciau cysylltiedig: Engineering

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