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 one-day and three-day guises: the one-day course is popular with commercial and industrial clients, and provides an overview of the techniques and information obtainable, including in failure analysis. The three-day course is a must for researchers across many scientific disciplines who wish to obtain the best quality data available from these exciting techniques.

Because of its emphasis on practical skills, the number of delegates will be limited to 12 per course so early booking is recommended. However, these small sizes mean we are able to tailor our courses to the delegates’ specific requirements - recent and upcoming courses have included a specific focus on SEM applications to biology or metallurgical samples.

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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

  • 3 Day Courses: £895 per delegate (full rate)
  • 1 Day Courses: £345 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)"

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

Next courses: 

20, 21, 22nd of January 2014

6, 7, 8th of May 2014

15, 16, 17th of September 2014

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: Wednesday 19 March 2014