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Industrial Training

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science & Technology (DST) brings together leading academics from eight partner universities and industrialists from more than 30 companies, to deliver research excellence and a unique, comprehensive training package in DST.

The training programme, based at the University of Warwick, has been devised to equip research scientists with the skill sets necessary to drive forward technological innovations in DST, and will develop and enhance the capabilities of employees working within related industrial sectors. The programme is designed to be fully flexible to meet the needs of industry, consisting of ten stand-alone modules, taught by leaders in the field. These modules can be taken in isolation, or in bundles leading to post-graduate qualifications from the University of Warwick, one of the UK’s most innovative and highly ranked universities. A research project, based at one of the partner universities or the sponsoring company completes the training package.

If you are in interested in taking individual modules, please contact us.

Diamond Science & Technology Training Modules

DST Module 1 (Prof. Paul May)Paul May

CH976: Novel & Efficient Methods of Material Synthesis

Students will gain a working knowledge of a range of advanced materials in use by UK science and technology industries, with an emphasis on diamond. The properties, fabrication processes and applications of these materials will be discussed. A visit to Element Six’s Global Innovation Centre at Harwell, is included.

DST Module 2 (Dr. Gavin Morley)Gavin Morley

PX904: Properties & Characterisation of Materials

This module provides an overview of important material properties, with a focus on three-dimensional crystals. Students will develop (i) an awareness of quantum mechanical theory of electronic structure and its role in determining material properties and (ii) an understanding of the electronic, mechanical, thermal, optical and magnetic measurements that can be used to investigate the properties of a material.


Mark Newton

DST Module 3 (Prof. Mark Newton)

PX905: Defects & Dopants

This module covers the identification of intrinsic defects, dopants and impurities in semiconductors and insulators with a specific focus on diamond. Once the different types of defects have been introduced, characterisation techniques and the information they reveal on defect properties, will be discussed.

DST Module 4 (Prof. Jon Goss)JOn Goss

CH977: Theory and Modelling of Materials

Students will be taken from the basic principles of bonding at the atomic scale, through molecular and crystalline systems, arriving at the macroscopic system in terms of elastic properties, implantation damage and electronic devices. Through a combination of theory and practical application of computational simulation, students will review the most commonly used theoretical approaches to modelling materials, and develop an understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of each method.


Richard Todd

DST Module 5 (Prof. Richard Todd)

PX906: Manufacturing the Future: Industrial Diamond

This module introduces the students to polycrystalline diamond (PCD) composites and related materials, high pressure-high temperature synthesis and the importance of defects. The machining characteristics of PCD will be discussed along with tool fabrication, machining trials, wear and failure mechanisms.

DST Module 6 (Prof. Andy Evans)Andy Evans

CH978: Surfaces, Interfaces & Coatings

The focus of this module is surface-specific characterisation methods widely applied in research and industrial laboratories. The emphasis is on diamond surfaces, but the techniques discussed are relevant to other structurally related materials such as Si, Ge, III-V, II-VI semiconductors and the surfaces of other semiconductors, insulators and metals. A visit to the Diamond Light Source at Harwell, is included.


Oliver Williams

DST Module 7 (Prof. Oliver Williams)

CH979: Devices and Fabrication

This module aims to cover the basics of clean room technologies and device fabrication. The specifics of diamond processing will be addressed in context with silicon technologies. Operation of basic semiconductor devices will be explained.

DST Module 8 (Prof. Jason Smith)Jason Smith

PX907: Diamond Photonics & Quantum Devices

Students will achieve a basic grounding in the physics and application of diamond to photonics and quantum devices. They will learn about principles of operation; advantages and challenges of diamond; device design and manufacture. They will gain practical experience in optics and spintronics experiments, and in finite element modelling of relevant optical systems.


Alan Kemp

DST Module 9 (Prof. Alan Kemp)

CH980: Applications of High Performance Materials

This module aims to promote an appreciation for the wider context of DST: the applications, alternative materials, and competitor technologies. Students will be encouraged to collate and critically analyse a body of scientific work and practice presenting this information to a variety of audiences.

DST Module 10 (Prof. Julie Macpherson / Prof. Pat Unwin)Julie Macpherson

CH914: Electrochemistry and Sensors (Option A)

This module is hosted by the MAS CDT.

This module provides a grounding in the fundamentals of electrochemistry, electroanalytical techniques and sensor technology. Potentiometry, voltammetric and amperometric techniques, microfluidic devices, lab-on-a-chip methods, and electronic noses and tongues are discussed. The course draws on Warwick’s major strengths in this area and covers developments in ion selective electrodes, electrode kinetics, mass transport and key techniques, such as linear sweep and cyclic voltammetry, hydrodynamic electrodes, stripping voltammetry, ultra-microelectrodes and array devices.


Chris Dunsby

DST Module 10 (Dr. Chris Dunsby)

PX908: Biomedical Optics & Applications (Option B)

Students will develop an understanding of biomedical optical imaging and spectroscopy and the potential biomedical applications of diamond. A variety of optical microscopy techniques are introduced including wide-field, confocal, fluorescence and advanced optical microscopy. Tissue optics (absorption, scattering, spectroscopy), imaging in biological tissue (OCT, multi-photon) and an overview of labels and probes for optical imaging will also be discussed.

Course Dates

Term 1
Term 2

CH976 DST Module 1: Novel and Efficient Methods of Material Synthesis
2018: Monday 1st October – Friday 12th October

PX908 DST Module 10: Biomedical Optics and Applications
CH914 DST Module 10: Electrochemistry and Sensors
2019: Monday 7th January – Friday 18th January

PX904 DST Module 2: Properties and Characterisation of Materials
2018: Monday 15th October – Friday 26th October
CH978 DST Module 6: Surfaces, Interfaces and Coatings
2019: Monday 21st January – Friday 1st February
PX905 DST Module 3: Defects and Dopants
2018: Monday 29th October – Friday 9th November
CH979 DST Module 7: Devices and Fabrication
2019: Monday 4th February – Friday 15th February
CH977 DST Module 4: Theory and Modelling of Materials
2018: Monday 12th November – Friday 23rd November
PX907 DST Module 8: Diamond Photonics and Quantum Devices
2019: Monday 18th February – Friday 1st March
PX906 DST Module 5: Manufacturing the Future: Industrial Diamond
2018: Monday 26th November – Friday 7th December
CH980 DST Module 9: Applications of High Performance Materials
Exam Dates

Friday 14th - Monday 17th December 2018

Exam Dates

Friday 22nd - Monday 25th March 2019

For further details, please refer to the MSc timetable.

Professional Training Brochure

Please refer to our brochure for further information on the stand-alone MSc and individual modules.