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Advanced Materials Summer School

The Advanced Materials Summer School focuses on finding solutions to current real-world problems, as well as improving processes already in use.

In response to the UK Government’s recent announcements with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have decided to cancel our Summer Schools for 2020.

We understand this may be disappointing but ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff has to be our priority.

We will be updating these webpages in due course with information about Summer Schools for 2021. If you have any questions, please get in touch by emailing

We appreciate your understanding in these unprecedented times and we hope to see you in Cardiff in the future.

You will gain a thorough understanding of the integral role materials play in real-world scenarios.

On completion of the Summer School, you should be able to:

  • Alter the optoelectronic properties of materials via differing synthetic methods.
  • Understand the application of various spectroscopic techniques to characterise materials.
  • Synthesize and characterise various Molecular Organic Frameworks (MOF’s) for gas storage and separation.
  • Characterise materials with microwaves.
  • Have an understanding of compound semiconductor physics.
  • Understand damage detection using acoustic emission.
  • Have an understanding of metamaterials, diamonds, magnetic materials and optoelectronics.
  • Gain an understanding of THz physics.

This Summer School is jointly run by the School of Chemistry, Engineering, Physics and Astronomy.

Please note, the contents of this course are still subject to change and may be cancelled in the event of low turnout.

Preliminary schedule

Please note this schedule is subject to change.

July 2021Arrival in Cardiff (pick up from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)
Networking event
Welcome lecture and orientation scavenger hunt
School of Chemistry: Organic electric materials
School of Chemistry: Materials characterisation
School of Chemistry: Modern microporous materials
School of Engineering: Characterising materials with microwaves
Field trips and free time
Free time
School of Engineering: Compound semiconductors in a world of communications
School of Engineering: Damage detection in advanced materials using acoustic emission  
School of Physics and Astronomy: Compound semiconductor physics
School of Physics and Astronomy: THz physics and metamaterials
School of Physics and Astronomy: Diamonds, magnetic materials and optoelectronics

Final assessment day

Final Gala Dinner
Departure from Cardiff (drop off to Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport provided)

The standard fee for our two week Summer School is £1,995.

This includes tuition fees, accommodation, 10 meals per week (breakfast and lunch, Monday to Friday), airport pick up and drop off from Cardiff Airport and Heathrow Airport on fixed dates and excursions organised by Cardiff University (such as Stonehenge and industrial visits).

Excellence scholarship

One student on each Summer School will receive an Excellence Scholarship worth £1,000. The scholarship is merit-based and will consider your academic profile, work experience and personal statement.

Partner institutions

Partner institutions will receive a reduction in feeds depending on how many students will be attending the Summer School. Our partnership agreement contract will include more information about this. Alternatively please contact us with any questions and we will be happy to help.

Your visit

In addition to a valuable learning experience, you will stay in city centre accommodation, embark on two cultural trips within the UK and be invited to entertaining social events in our vibrant Welsh capital. This is an opportunity to experience British culture with new friends from across the globe.

Both Wales and the UK are uniquely rich in history, architecture and culture and our Summer Schools are sure to give you unrivalled personal, social and academic benefits which will enhance any CV or résumé.

Applying for a short-term study visa

Some students will need to apply for a short-term study visa before travelling to the UK while others can apply on entry to the UK at immigration control. For the latest information on short-term visas head to Home Office guidance.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this Summer School, the academic content or how you can prepare for this course, please get in touch with Sophie Lewis in our International Summer School team:

Physical Sciences and Engineering International Summer School