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); through a of lectures, demonstrations and practicals explore the theory, practice and application of these powerful analytical tools.

The focus of the courses include: interaction between electrons and materials, imaging techniques, high resolution SEM, energy dispersive X-ray analysis and electron back-scattering diffraction.

Courses make use of both standard scanning electron microscopes and the ETCbrunel’s state-of-the-art variable-pressure, field-effect SEM.

These courses run in two days and are followed up by a two hours one to one session, bring your samples along!

Because of its emphasis on practical skills, the number of delegates will be limited to 10 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 2017

  • 2 Day Courses: £745 per delegate (full rate)  
  • 50% discount for PhD students or postgraduates


  • 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: 

17, 18th of January 2017


3, 4th of April 2017  


18, 19th of September 2017



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: Friday 04 November 2016