Page 1: Before you begin

Thank you for your interest in studying for your PhD with the Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing Centre for Doctoral Training.

The deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday 9th January 2022.

You can save the form and complete in stages BUT after you submit you cannot go back to edit or change your answers. IMPORTANTDownload and save a copy of your application form directly after you submit your answers - you have only 15 minutes to do this.

After the application closing date a panel will shortlist candidates on the basis of this application form against the following criteria:

  • proven academic quality: normally evidenced by an excellent performance at first degree and/or Master’s level, but may also be demonstrated by a record of relevant professional practice;
  • research potential: evidenced through application responses and supported by performance in research projects at first degree and/or Master’s level, or another form of dedicated preparation for research;
  • personal motivation and commitment: evidenced through application responses, by enthusiasm for the subject area, and in relation to career goals.

All applicants will be informed of the shortlisting outcome by 5pm on 24th January 2022.

If you are shortlisted you will need to:

  • arrange for two referees to send references to the CDT by 5pm on 31st January
  • send a copy of your academic transcript(s) by 5pm on 31st January 
  • attend an interview in Cardiff in w/c 17th February (date tbc) .

Further details will be included in the shortlisting letter.

Please note: This application is for the studentship, known as an 'Offer of Funding'. You will also need to apply for admission, known as an 'Offer to Study', from Cardiff University by completing their institutional application process through SIMs (please see website for details). Some questions may be the same on both forms - make sure to answer all questions on both forms.


1.1. The CDT studentship consists of a one year MSc in Compound Semiconductors at Cardiff University followed by a 3 year doctoral research programme. PhD projects are chosen midway through the MSc year and can be in any of the partner institutions - Cardiff, Sheffield, Manchester or UCL. Click to confirm you understand the programme structure.