Compound Semiconductor Electronics

Cardiff University
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

Compound Semiconductor Electronics

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,whichaims to create a global hub for compound semiconductor technology research, development and innovation. The Instituteincludes companies such asIQE plc,SPTSandNewport Wafer Faband aims tocapitalise on the existing expertise at Cardiff University, movingacademic research to a point where it can be introduced reliably and quickly into the production environment.

Admission requirements

Typically, you will need to have either:

  • a 2:2 honours degree in communication engineering, communication technology,electronicengineering, electronics and electrical engineering, physics, or wireless engineering,or an equivalent international degree
  • a university-recognised equivalent academic qualification
  • or relevant professional experience evidenced by a reference. 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

IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with 5.5 in all subskills, or an accepted equivalent.

For more information about admission requirements, please check the university website.

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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Core modules for year one

  • High Frequency Device Physics and Design
  • Software Tools and Simulation
  • RF Circuits Design and CAD
  • Research Study
  • Microwave and Millimetre-Wave Integrated Circuit Design and Technology
  • Micro- and Nano-engineering
  • Compound Semiconductors Research Project

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


  • Tuition fees for UK: £10,200 per year.
  • Tuition fees for International Students: £23,450 per year.

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

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 program 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 program 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 program 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.

Career paths

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.

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CF10 3AT Cardiff

Phone no: +442920874432

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