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Cardiff University, School of Physics and Astronomy

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Queen's Building, The Parade, Cardiff CF24 3AA, United Kingdom

Our world-leading research in physics and astrophysics helps us to better understand the physical world around us and informs the education of our students to ensure we produce highly employable graduates

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University is one of the most highly regarded departments in the UK for undergraduate, research and postgraduate studies. We are a research-intensive school involved in globally significant scientific discoveries and were ranked sixth in the UK for quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

Why study with us
Our students benefit from a friendly and supportive environment with modern teaching laboratories. All of our undergraduate courses have a common first year that allows you to transfer onto a different undergraduate course within the school. Our courses provide you with practical skills and the ability to solve real-life problems. We attract multi-million-pound funding for research projects, the most significant of which are from government and international space agencies.

Training and development
Physics and astronomy degrees are for those who would like to discover the science behind the universe. All of our degree programmes are accredited by the Institute of Physics. Choosing an accredited degree will make it easier to obtain professional awards such as Chartered Physicist (CPhys) later in your career. We also offer the opportunity for a professional placement. You can take a year in industry as part of some of our degree programmes or you have the option of an exciting summer placement at home or abroad.

Graduate schemes
Research in the school involves worldwide collaborations and the use of leading-edge national and international facilities. We provide supervision and/or research projects in a range of areas including gravitational physics, astronomy, condensed matter and photonics. Each year we have a range of PhD studentships on offer and we are the lead university for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing that offers fully funded studentships for selected students. There are also a range of funding opportunities for MSc students. Please visit our funding pages for more information. Students are also offered the opportunity to undertake demonstrating or marking duties for our undergraduate students.

What we are looking for
We welcome students to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses with a range of qualifications and achievements that demonstrate potential to benefit from our research-led learning and teaching.

Our Master’s Excellence Scholarship Scheme sees us investing up to a total of £500,000 in this high-value competitive scholarship scheme to support home and EU students who are planning to start an eligible Master’s programme in September 2020. The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition-fee discount.

Cardiff, UK

Number of researchers
54 research staff

Desired degree disciplines/class
For undergraduate, generally AAA–ABB. For postgraduates, generally 2.1 minimum in a physical science/mathematics degree

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
Postgraduates apply online at; Undergraduates apply through UCAS

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)29 208 76457

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