September 2023 entry for this programme has been suspended. We hope to open applications for 2024 entry on 1 October 2023.
This MSc Degree is awarded by the Chemistry Department
Semiconductors are everywhere – from the processor and AI chips in our smartphones to electronic devices for electric and autonomous vehicles, to new sensors for healthcare.
The MSc in Semiconductor Technology and Applications is an exciting course covering all aspects of semiconductor materials and technologies from silicon to compound semiconductors, to next generation semiconductors (plastic electronics and 2D materials). Students will learn how to design and fabricate semiconductor devices and how these technologies are used in applications including communications, AI, automotive, photonics, intelligent sensing and more.
Why Semiconductor Technology and Applications at Swansea?
You will be part of the revolution in semiconductor technologies, developing knowledge and skills in device processing, characterisation and applications. You will have hands on lab experience in our £22 million Nanotechnology Centre and our new £30 million Centre for Integrative Semiconductor Materials – Swansea’s “Fab on the beach”.
You will be exposed to cutting edge technologies and interact with experts from the semiconductor industry. You will develop a broad skillset and a network of contacts which will enhance your opportunities for employment in semiconductor and related industries – a sector which is currently booming, with fantastic, high paid career opportunities.
The course is delivered in a flexible format with a combination of practical workshops, live and online lectures, recorded content and guest lectures from our academic partners at Cambridge University and other cognate organisations. The flexible delivery modes make this course ideal for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and part time study, with modules focussed on upskilling full-time students and industry-based employees from a range of sectors (e.g. semiconductors, automotive, power, sensors, health / well-being devices) and wishing to move into or indeed upwards in semiconductors.
Your Semiconductor Technology and Applications Experience
Semiconductors are everywhere – from application processors and AI chips in our smartphones to electronic devices for electric and autonomous vehicles, to new sensors for healthcare.
The semiconductor revolution will create thousands of new jobs over the next 5 years.
The MSc is linked closely with the CSconnected, the Compound Semiconductor Cluster, and supported by our industry partners including SPTS Technologies, IQE, The Compound Semiconductor Centre (CSC), Microchip, Newport Wafer Fab, Zimmer and Peacock – globally renowned companies in the semiconductor and related industries sectors.
The semiconductor industry is expanding rapidly – with many career opportunities at all our industry partners.
The MSc course is suitable for students with Physics, Chemistry (and related sciences), Maths, Computer Science and Engineering backgrounds who have had some knowledge of semiconductors from undergraduate studies and would like to learn more. It is also suitable for engineers and scientists wishing to re-train for a career change or up-skill within the semiconductor sector. The course will develop students' practical skill sets in semiconductor fabrication and processing, with projects directly linked with industry partners - ideal preparation for careers in the thriving semiconductor and related industries sector.
Modules will cover:
• Semiconductor processing and fabrication,
• Current and next generation semiconductor materials,
• Semiconductor devices,
• Device design, testing and characterisation,
• MEMS and Sensors,
• A broad range of applications (Power electronics, PV, Clean Energy, AI, automotive, photonics, Intelligent Sensing, Healthcare technologies).
• Industry related research project
Semiconductor Technology and Applications Employment Opportunities
The semiconductor revolution will create thousands of new jobs over the next 5 years and many more in the decades to come. The MSc in “Semiconductor Technology and Applications” will prepare Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering students, for careers in semiconductor and related industries but will also equip students with the transferable skills for many other sectors. The course will also be available online to industry-based employees.
Career opportunities at our industry partners can be found on their websites: