The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing aims to supply the UK with scientists and engineers with relevant skills and knowledge for the compound semiconductor industry.

ukepsrc-logo_originalThe compound semiconductor cluster is developing in South Wales, with the expected creation of over 5,000 jobs. With established excellence in compound semiconductor disciplines, we will provide PhD training that is industrially relevant and intellectually challenging. We aim to benefit the whole supply chain, from the manufacturing of materials and devices, to the systems and applications that use them.

Applications are now open for the 2021 intake. The next deadline is 6th April 2021.

Our PhD programme has a single intake in October, with up to 14 places available in 2021 and similar numbers in 2022 and 2023.

Find out how to apply

Fully funded 1+3 programme

We aim to recruit a minimum of 64 students over five years onto our innovative 1+3 programme. Students will spend their first year in Cardiff on a Compound Semiconductor MSc, before taking a 3-year PhD project in one of the partner institutions. You get two degrees from our program – an MSc and a PhD – and both are fully funded and include a stipend.

The first year – an MSc in Cardiff

The goal of the first year is to teach practical, hands-on process development and manufacture. We have a dedicated training cleanroom, and you will choose courses such as “Semiconductor Fabrication” or “Fundamentals of Micro and Nano-technology”. You will be taught skills such as Labview.

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The PhD in any partner institution – Cardiff, Manchester, Sheffield, or UCL

During the first year, as part of the MSc, you will develop your PhD project alongside your chosen academic and industrial partners. You will be ready to hit the ground running on your PhD. The PhD project can be with any of our partner institutions – Cardiff, Manchester, Sheffield, or UCL. You will be a registered student in your chosen institution, and your PhD is fully funded.

Partner institutions

Our partner institutions are Cardiff University, the University of Manchester, the University of Sheffield and University College London (UCL).

Industry partners

Most PhD projects will have industry partners, with an industrial supervisor providing guidance. This industry link provides an excellent opportunity to do top-level research that is also industrially relevant, and make contacts in your chosen industry to kick-start your post-doctoral career. The CDT already has links with 27 companies, and is always adding more.

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Applying and more information

For more information please contact Professor Tao Wang, and to apply, visit