Page 1: Before you begin

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

Round 1 applications are closed but we are now accepting applications for our Round 2 of recruiting. The deadline for applications is midnight on Wednesday 13th July 2022.

You can save this 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.

Please note: This application (Stage 1) is for the studentship, known as an 'Offer of Funding'. You will also need to apply for admission (Stage 2), 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 you answer all questions on both forms.

After completing this form you MUST complete the Stage 2 form on the Cardiff University website. You can use the download of this Stage1 form to attach as the personal statement to the Stage 2 SIMS form.

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 no later than 5pm on 19th July 2022.

If you are shortlisted you will need to attend an interview in by Zoom in late July (date tbc). We also need you to

  • arrange for two referees to send references to the CDT by 5pm on 25th July 
  • send a copy of your academic transcript(s) by 5pm on 25th July

Note: these forms can be uploaded via the Stage 2 SIMS form, but if you have a copy we would prefer you to send it to us direct at as well.

Further details will be included in the shortlisting letter.



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.