Cardiff University: School of Physics and Astronomy
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About Cardiff University: School of Physics and Astronomy
Welcome to Cardiff University’s School of Physics and Astronomy, one of the most highly regarded departments in the UK for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. World-leading research lies at the very heart of what we do. Involved in pioneering scientific discoveries, our research ranks 6th for quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 99% rated as “internationally excellent”.
Why study with us
We pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly and supportive environment, with our students rating their satisfaction at 96% in the latest National Student Survey (2021). Studying with us not only offers you the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of the universe, but also gives you the practical skills and ability to solve real-world problems. With state-of-the-art facilities, we attract multi-million-pound research funding from significant bodies such as government and international space agencies. Our pioneering research compliments the teaching on our degree courses, as students are taught by academic staff at the forefront of their scientific fields with a track record of teaching excellence, helping you to achieve your full potential.
Our exciting range of degree courses provide you with advanced and specialist skills to enhance your career prospects, and we provide extensive support to guide you on your chosen career path. Our courses are accredited by the Institute of Physics, allowing you to gain professional awards such as Chartered Physicist (CPhys) later in your career. We also offer the opportunity for a professional placement, a year in industry, or even a summer research placement based in the UK or abroad.
We offer supervision and/or research projects in a range of areas including gravitational waves, astronomy, quantum devices and brain imaging. We have a range of PhD studentships and are the lead university for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing, offering fully funded studentships for selected students. Postgraduate students also have the chance to lead practical demonstrations for undergraduate students, as well marking their work, which can support your career prospects. Our Master’s Excellence Scholarship Scheme sees us investing up to £500,000 to support UK students who are planning to start an eligible Master’s programme in September 2022. Scholarships are worth a minimum of £3000, awarded in the form of tuition-fee discount. Further details can be found on our website.
Thinking of applying?
We welcome students with a range of qualifications and achievements. Simply head to our website for the exciting courses we offer.
Number of researchers
52 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 www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/how-to-apply; Undergraduates apply through UCAS
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