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Study aerosol science

Dates: 2024 – To be confirmed
Location: Williamson Building, University of Manchester

The Practical Aerosol Science course will provide you with a theoretical understanding of aerosol properties and instrument applications, followed by hands-on experience in aerosol measurements using cutting-edge equipment in our labs.

The course is taught by National Centre for Atmospheric Science scientists and leading industry professionals from TSI UK.

Attendees at the 2018 Practical Aerosol Science course described the course as “an excellent mix of theoretical and practical learning”, “very enjoyable and information” and said they “gained a lot from the course that is useful now, and will continue to be.”

This course will next take place in 2024, please watch this space for updates!

How to apply

Practical Aerosol Science is open to anyone. If you’d like to gain an understanding in aerosol science and measurement, don’t hesitate to apply.

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Learning outcomes

We aim for students to:

  • Gain an introductory understanding of the challenges faced with aerosol measurements
  • Understand that answering simple questions of aerosol properties can be dependant on many precise and changeable factors
  • Build theoretical knowledge through lectures to understand the further application of aerosol science
  • Develop techniques from practical, hands-on demonstrations in a laboratory
  • Teaching staff

    Scientists from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and leading industry professionals from TSI UK will introduce you to the techniques used, and challenges faced, when making aerosol measurements.

    Our curriculum is led by Dr. Paul Williams, Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and Dr. James Allan, Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.

    Course schedule

    Practical Aerosol Science runs over two and half days.

    Your first day consists of lectures on fundamental aerosol science, providing a background in key topics including the impact of ambient aerosol.

    Your second and third days are divided into lectures in the morning and practical sessions in the afternoon.

    In addition to the standard lectures, two plenary sessions will be presented by leading UK researchers.

    TSI Instruments Ltd will also host an evening buffet – places are limited.


    PhD students £525
    University of Manchester and NCAS staff £375
    Other £775

    Lunch is included. VAT is also included.

    Travel and accommodation


    You should arrange your own accommodation in Manchester, it’s not provided as part of Practical Aerosol Science.

    If you need help, try looking on Visit Manchester.


    Practical Aerosol Science is held in the Williamson Building at the University of Manchester. It’s building 52 on the (University of Manchester Campus Map).

    You will need to arrange your own travel. We’ll send you extra details about the location after you’ve registered.

    Terms and conditions


    Attendees are required to pay in full by credit/debit card or provide a valid purchase order from their home organisation by the confirmation deadline. All payments and refunds are processed by the University of Leeds.

    Cancellations/ refunds

    Attendee cancellations are subject to a £50 administration fee, plus any accommodation cancellation costs incurred by us, where the cancellation is made more than six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) before the date of the training course. The remaining balance of the course fee will be refunded.

    No refund is payable for a cancellation made within six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) immediately prior to the training course – in this event the full course fee will remain payable. In the event that a place can be filled by another student then the full fee (less the £50 administration fee) will be refunded once the replacement student has paid in full.

    All cancellations must be sent in writing to training@ncas.ac.uk.

    Amendments and cancellations

    It may be necessary for us to change the content and timing of a course, the staff, the date or the venue. In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled, we will provide a full refund. For all bookings, the liability of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds shall be limited to the amount of the fee paid to the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds by the delegate.