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EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

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Key facts

Application deadline 30 August 2019
Start date October 2019
Duration PhD 4 years: (1 year MSc + 3 years)
Funding body EPSRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 10

This PhD degree programme is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing.

The Centre is led by the University working closely with partner universities, Manchester and Sheffield, and University College London (UCL).

The Centre is also closely linked to the Compound Semiconductor Cluster, which is made up of a number of centres and companies working collaboratively to drive economic growth and to provide research and development in compound semiconductor technology and manufacturing.

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.

Full EPSRC PhD studentships will be awarded to successful applicants. The first year is comprised of a taught programme based upon either the MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics (optoelectronics) or the MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics, depending on your interests and background, and will be undertaken at the University. You will also develop your PhD project alongside academic and industrial supervisors.

You will then decide on the area in which you wish to specialise, and which university best fits your needs. All four universities are at the forefront of compound semiconductor research and have state-of-the-art facilities and internationally recognised expertise to support your studies.

Find out more details on this programme.


Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing-CDT

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
A place in the CDT is fully funded for the 4 year duration and includes full university fees and a stipend. 12 to 13 studentships will be available per annum. Due to the nature and restrictions of EPSRC funding we are only able to offer fully funded places to UK and EU residents. EU residents will need to have been resident in the UK for three years prior to taking up the studentship.
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered Additional funding is available over the course of the programme and will cover costs such as research consumables, training, conferences and travel.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria
  1. BSc Physics (2:1 minimum) OR
  2. BEng Electrical Engineering (2:1 minimum) OR
  3. BEng Electronic Engineering (2:1 minimum).

In order to consider your application, we require two academic references, a personal statement, your academic CV, and transcript copies of your previous qualifications.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.


Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing-CDT

Places still available for October 2019 start. Apply now for full consideration. Applications are also welcome for 2020 entry with interviews to be arranged in due course.

Consideration is automatic upon application for admission to the EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing.

In the "Research proposal and Funding" section of your online application, please specify that you are applying for the CDT PhD in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing and also let us know which MSc route you would prefer ie the MSc Compound Semiconductor Physics or the MSc Compound Semiconductor Electronics, depending on which fits your interests and your qualifications.

It is not necessary to submit a research proposal.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add ‘EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing' when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

Please include with your application:

  • a statement that you are applying for a PhD in the CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing and which MSc route you would prefer
  • a CV detailing education and relevant work experience
  • a detailed personal statement of why you want to study the CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing 4-year PhD programme and why you are suitable (approximately 500 words)
  • contact details for two referees who we may contact in support of your application.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.


Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing-CDT

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