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Postgraduate Study

This four-year doctoral training programme in Aerosol Science is part of the multi-institutional EPSRC Aerosol Science CDT and aims to provide scientists and engineers with a broad overview of the aerosol science sector in addition to in-depth training in detailed measurements, analysis and application approaches.

The initial full-time training phase of the doctoral training programme is aimed at building skills through taking taught courses at the University of Bristol,  followed by a thematic broadening research placement that allows for complementary skills building.  The taught courses provide training in the underlying physical science governing the properties and transformation of aerosols. Final research projects are agreed upon at the start of the PhD and will be advertised for students to select.

Training within the initial phase will provide the student with skills enabling:

  • the acquisition of a broad understanding of core aerosol topics, as well as transferable skills in a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic aerosol discipline or area of aerosol professional practice;
  • the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
  • the development of a PhD thesis for an examination that they can defend in an oral examination.

This CDT operates in collaboration with the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Hertfordshire, Imperial College London, Leeds and Manchester.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After completing the taught and training elements in the first year, students will have:

  • broad knowledge underlying physical science governing the properties and transformation of aerosols;
  • facility in applying measurement, sampling and analysis techniques used within the field;
  • working knowledge of programming and data analysis applied to aerosol science;
  • an understanding of how aerosol science is applied in industrial or applied research facilities;
  • experience of working in multidisciplinary teams, ensuring you have the agility to work at the interfaces of the traditional disciplines;
  • training in research methods, transferable skills and professionalism, and in entrepreneurism and the translation of research into new products, policy and practice;
  • a network of aerosol scientists from the wider community across seven universities and 50 industry and public sector partners.

By the end of the PhD programme, students will have:

  • the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems;
  • a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry;
  • produced a thesis for examination.


As this CDT contains a large element of training in the first year, and as admissions are arranged with several other Universities, there is no particular link between attainment on any MPhil course and admission to this programme.

Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Engineering

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2023

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 1, 2022
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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