PhD in Aerosol Science

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PhD in Aerosol Science at the University of Bristol

An aerosol consists of solid particles or liquid droplets dispersed in a gas phase, with sizes spanning from clusters of molecules (nanometres) to rain droplets (millimetres). Aerosols are found in a broad range of important contexts, from drug delivery to the lungs to disease transmission, combustion and energy generation, materials processing, environmental and atmospheric science, and the delivery of agricultural and consumer products.

Candidates who aspire to work in a truly multidisciplinary field and who have an undergraduate background in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply: chemistry, physics, biological sciences, life and medical sciences, chemical and mechanical engineering, pharmacy and environmental sciences.

Course Details

In year one, you will undertake cohort-based training in aerosol science based at the University of Bristol. A taught programme in months one to seven will encompass training in:

  • Core Aerosol Science (two units, each of 30 credits)
  • Research Methods (30 credits)
  • Professionalism and Translation (30 credits)
  • Transdisciplinary and Context-Based Learning (60 credits).

Training will be provided by academic supervisors from the seven participating universities (Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Hertfordshire, Imperial, Leeds, Manchester) and by partners from the approximately 50 industrial and government sector organisations supporting the centre.

This will be followed by a research project for three months, hosted at any one of the seven institutions, intended to foster transdisciplinary competencies, and you will undertake a project in an academic lab in an area of aerosol science complementary to your eventual PhD research.

A progression interview will be held in month 10, after which you will begin your PhD research project. Throughout the remaining years, training will be provided through summer schools, events hosted by the Aerosol Society of the UK and Ireland, and through online virtual resources and events.

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Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold/achieve a minimum of an upper second-class MSci honours degree in a relevant discipline spanning physical, biological and environmental sciences and engineering, or a postgraduate MSc or international equivalent. We may consider applicants with a lower second-class MSci honours degree or an upper second-class BSc honours degree who can demonstrate good potential for research.


This programme is self-funded

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