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Unit information: Aerosol Science: Thematic Broadening Sabbatical in 2022/23

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Unit name Aerosol Science: Thematic Broadening Sabbatical
Unit code CHEMM0019
Credit points 60
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Reid
Open unit status Not open
Units you must take before you take this one (pre-requisite units)


Units you must take alongside this one (co-requisite units)

Core Aerosol Science I and II

Units you may not take alongside this one
School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Unit Information

Aerosols are particles dispersed in a gas phase with sizes ranging from molecular clusters (>1 nm) to large droplets (>100 um). Aerosol science is core to a broad range of disciplines extending from drug delivery to the lungs, to disease transmission, aerosol routes to the manufacture of new materials, combustion, environmental science, and the delivery of consumer and agricultural products.

Each student will be supported by a mentoring team of two academics and one industrial partner; the lead academic and the academic co-supervisor will work in complementary areas of aerosol science. The mentoring team will define the Research and Mentoring Plan before studentships are advertised, defining clearly the PhD project, the Thematic Broadening Sabbatical and the placement in industry (in Year 2 or 3) from the outset.

This unit will provide training in an area of aerosol science complementary to the final PhD project undertaken by the student. This 3 month project, the Thematic Broadening Sabbatical, will be hosted by the academic co-supervisor who may be based either at the same institution hosting the final PhD or any one of the other partnering academic institutions. The student will prepare a final written report on the outcomes of their project.

Your learning on this unit

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Apply theoretical knowledge of aerosol science across a range of research problems of a chemical, physical, biological or technological nature.
  • Undertake independent design and conduct experiments/models in aerosol science with technical mastery, as well as analyse and interpret data.
  • Identify, formulate, critique and solve research problems within their specialised context to advance the understanding of aerosols.
  • Develop or adapt advanced methodological approaches to contemporary problems in aerosol science, recognising the complexity and tolerating the ambiguity that arises in real-world systems.

How you will learn

Breakdown of contributing activity:
Research work – 3 months, 450 hours

How you will be assessed

For MRes Exit Award:
The student will submit a written dissertation (15,000 words equivalent maximum). The written dissertation (60 % of assessment) will be assessed by the mentoring team and a representative of the CDT. One member of the mentoring team and a representative of the CDT will also assess the student’s performance during a 30 minute interview (40 %).


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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