Employer directory Physics World  February 2019

Cardiff University: School of Physics and Astronomy

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 if you so wish. Our courses offer an intellectual challenge and 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, and develop the problem-solving skills so valued by employers at the same time. 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.

Graduate schemes

We offer our students the opportunity to follow a professional placement – a year in industry and research – where they have the exciting opportunity to spend a summer working with our staff on a real-life research project.

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. Students are 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 2019. The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount. See www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding/masters-excellence-scholarships for more information.


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