Training Courses

In addition to providing teaching for postgraduate courses, ETCbrunel run a number of short training courses in the use of surface and materials analysis for a diverse range of applications.

The Centre’s Scanning Electron Microscopy courses, endorsed by the Institute of Physics for continuing professional development (CPD), give delegates theoretical and practical knowledge of scanning electron microscopy (SEM); including imaging techniques, high resolution SEM, and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. Courses make use of both standard scanning electron microscopes and the ETCbrunel’s state-of-the-art variable-pressure, field-effect SEM. A combination of lectures, demonstrations and practicals explore the theory, practice and application of these powerful analytical tools.

These courses run in two days and are focussed on material science or biology.

Because of its emphasis on practical skills, the number of delegates will be limited to 12 per course so early booking is recommended. 

E-mail to book your attendance

Left: FEG-SEM image of 3D collagen matrix from trypsin-purified porcine dermal collagen (PermacolTM)
Centre: SEM image of fatigue failure showing elemental distribution
Right: Compositional map showing elemental distribution


Fees for 2014/2015

  • 2 Day Courses: £745 per delegate (full rate)  
  • £50 early booking discounts (see courses below)
  • 10% Discounts on full rates available to Institute of Physics members
  • As an educational institution, we don’t charge VAT on training courses.

Upcoming Courses

"Practical Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)"

2-day course, ETCbrunel Introduction to theory, applications and practice of SEM, with lectures, demonstrations and hands on practicals.

Next courses: 

16, 17th of February 2015 Material Science

23, 24th of February 2015 Biological Science


18, 19th of May 2015 Biological Science & Material Science


21, 22nd of September 2015 Biological Science

28, 29th of September 2015 Material Science



ETC would like to receive an expression of interest for the following courses to be organised in the Autumn 2015
1) X-rays analytical techniques (3 days)
Hands-on X-rays techniques course including
- theory
- uses
2) Surface analysis (3 days)
Hands-on surface analysis techniques course including
- AFM; TOF-SIMS; XPS; ATR-FTIR; reflectance micro-FTIR
3) failure diagnostics (1 week)
Including metals, composites and polymers
- imaging of failure
- evaluation of failure starting
- evaluation of failure diffusion
- chemical attacks
- stresses evaluation

If you wish to attend one of these courses, or would like ETC to organize a training course specifically for your institution, please contact us at Or contact any of our staff.

Page last updated: Monday 27 April 2015