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School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Particulate Materials



The Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Particulate Materials brings together the research expertise from our internationally leading Institute for Materials Research (IMR) and the Institute for Particle Science & Engineering (IPSE).

High value added manufacturing is recognised by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and other funding agencies as being a priority area and through the existing activity within IMR and IPSE we are well-placed to exploit this. Our Centre for doctoral training centre will build on our strengths and grow the capabilities of IPSE and IMR in underpinning research competitiveness.

Institute for Materials Research (IMR)
IMR embraces all approaches to materials science and engineering, from fundamental studies and modelling through to device fabrication, underpinned by the classical process-structure-properties paradigm. The research activities cover three main established areas:

• Functional Materials (carbon, ferroelectrics, photonics and sensors)
• Metallurgy (powder metals, non-equilibrium processing)
• Characterisation and modelling (electron microscopy, EELS, thermodynamic modelling).

Institute of Particle Science & Engineering (IPSE)
IPSE has an international reputation for academic excellence, a large team of world-renowned staff and significant industrial and government support. Research activities are wide-ranging and cover a large number of topics in chemical engineering, colloids and interfacial engineering, multi-scale and systems modelling, fine chemicals processing, minerals and waste processing, powder and formulation engineering, in-process measurement and control systems.  Activities are grouped in three categories - Manufacturing, Measurement and Modelling - with many being focused on special topics involving significant collaboration with other academic institutions and/or industrial organisations. Topics for the centre include, but are not necessarily limited to:

• Processing and manufacturing of particulate materials (e.g. functional oxides, composite materials, encapsulation, powder based manufacturing, structured particulate materials, powder metals, dispersion and suspension)
• Modelling and simulation of particulate materials (e.g. across length scale modelling)
• Advanced measurements and characterisation techniques (e.g. low cost 3D imaging, interparticle forces at temperatures over 500oC).

Students will be enrolled on an integrated 4 year MSc/PhD degree programme where you will complete taught components during the first 2 years of the programme will include core advanced particulate materials skills modules plus some options that will be chosen for their relevance to your specific research project.

The above topics cover a wide range of applications including energy and environment, healthcare, homecare, aerospace, pharmaceutical, agrochemical and paint and pigments to name but a few. Students will be jointly supervised by at least one member of research staff from each Institute.

This Centre is no longer recruiting. However you may also be interested in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Complex Particulate Products and Processes currently recruiting for 2014 entry.


You will enroll on an integrated 4 year MSc/PhD degree programme where during the first two years you will complete compulsory assessed modules. The programme will be built around a large suite of specialist modules offered by the Centre from which appropriate selections will be made by the student based upon relevance to their specific research project and in discussion with the Director of either IMR or IPSE. A schematic diagram of the course structure is given below.

In parallel with, and drawing upon, the taught components of the programme students engage in individual supervised research activity, culminating by the end of year 2 in the submission of a written dissertation and development of a plan for the final research project.

In years 3 and 4, the focus is on completion of the research project and submission of the thesis with additional support being provided by non-assessed generic research skills training. Download programme structure.

Compulsory modules
You will study 180 credits of modules each year:

Year of study Number of credits
Year 1  
Process Chemistry & Chemical Technology 15
Processing and Properties of Inorganic Nanomaterials
Research Project (MSc) 60
Transferable Skills and Professional Development 1 15
Year 2  
Advanced Reaction Engineering 15
Advanced Materials and Processes 15
Transferable Skills and Professional Development 2 15

Optional modules
You will also choose 45 credits of optional modules (modules are typically worth 15 credits) during the second year. These optional credits will be chosen in conjunction with your PhD supervisor to augment your education in a relevant topic area.

Examples of modules that may be selected include:

Multi-Scale Modelling
Advances in Chemical Engineering
Computational Transfer Processes
Materials Modelling
Materials Structures and Characterisation

Download the programme structure