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Why study with us

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Excellent career opportunites

Our graduates go on to all kinds of exciting careers from research and development and PhD study to finance and management.

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Student centred learning

We value our students and provide a special learning space close to their tutors, so that both students and staff have plenty of opportunity to interact.

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Vibrant research environment

Our postgraduate research students, who become an integral part of our world class research groups, benefit from the vibrant research culture of the School.

The MSc Astrophysics allowed me to expand and develop my skill set further than I expected myself to be capable of. This was chiefly due to the excellent teaching standards and endless support I received from the faculty.
Zak Smith, MSc Astrophysics student

Our talks

Professor Stephen Eales describes the research being undertaken to discover how galaxies are formed.

Galaxy evolution

Professor Stephen Eales describes the research being undertaken to discover how galaxies are formed.

Professor Bernard Schutz describes the work carried out by researchers at Cardiff into gravitational waves and the future of this frontier science.

The Gravity Exploration Institute

Professor Bernard Schutz describes the work carried out by researchers at Cardiff into gravitational waves and the future of this frontier science.

Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University describes the recent discovery she was part of, finding phosphine markers on Venus which indicate the existence of life

Have we discovered signs of life on Venus?

Professor Jane Greaves of Cardiff University describes the recent discovery she was part of, finding phosphine markers on Venus which indicate the existence of life

Dr Juan Pereiro Viterbo talks about his research in Low Energy Electron Microscopy and Semiconductors.

Low Energy Electron Microscopy

Dr Juan Pereiro Viterbo talks about his research in Low Energy Electron Microscopy and Semiconductors.

PhD student Charlie Hoy played a key role in a cosmic discovery which provided a breakthrough for an ongoing astrophysics mystery.

PhD student's record-breaking cosmic discovery

PhD student Charlie Hoy played a key role in a cosmic discovery which provided a breakthrough for an ongoing astrophysics mystery.

Professor Peter Smowton talks about the PhD opportunities available at Cardiff in the area of compound semiconductors.

PhD opportunities in compound semiconductor manufacturing

Professor Peter Smowton talks about the PhD opportunities available at Cardiff in the area of compound semiconductors.

Courses

Astrophysics (MSc)

Full time

Taught topics reflect our world-leading strengths in theoretical, observational and instrumentational research and include Cosmology, Advanced General Relativity and Gravitational Waves, Instrumentation for Astronomy and Techniques in Astrophysics.

Compound Semiconductor Physics (MSc)

Full time

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.

Data Intensive Astrophysics (MSc)

Full time

The MSc in Data-Intensive Astrophysics has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in a range of areas including academic research in astronomy or astrophysics as well technical, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields.

Data Intensive Physics (MSc)

Full time

The MSc in Data-Intensive Physics has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge needed for a career in a range of areas including academic research in physics as well as technical, development and engineering positions in related scientific fields.

Gravitational Wave Physics (MSc)

Full time

The Gravitational Wave Physics MSc provides broad and comprehensive training in both theory and experiment in gravitational wave (GW) physics and astronomy.

Physics (MSc)

Full time

Taught topics reflect our research expertise in Quantum Physics, Photonics, Theoretical and Computational analysis, Sensors and Materials as well as Astrophysics.

Astronomy and Astrophysics (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

Astronomy and Astrophysics is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

Astronomy Instrumentation (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

Astronomy Instrumentation is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing (EPSRC Studentships) (PhD)

Full-time

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

Condensed Matter and Photonics (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

Condensed Matter and Photonics is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

Gravitational Physics (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

Gravitational Physics is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).

Physics and Astronomy (PhD, MPhil)

Full-time, part-time

The wide range of expertise within the School of Physics and Astronomy enables the School to offer a variety of opportunities for higher degrees by research.

Our School

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Outstanding facilities

The funding we receive for our world leading research means that you will benefit from the latest equipment and facilities for your research project.

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Our research

We have some of the world's leading research groups working on the latest scientific discoveries.

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Equality and diversity

We value equality and inclusivity and we have recently been awarded IOP Juno Champion status.