Research course

Nanostructural Characterisation of Thin Film Magnetic Materials

University of Leeds · School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2.1), or equivalent, in an physics, chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, nanotechnology. If English is not the applicant’s first language, they must provide evidence that they meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This project will use ultra-high spatial resolution analytical transmission electron microscopy to study the nanostructure-magnetic property relationships in magnetic thin film devices prepared by sputtering. Of particular interest are the interfaces between the different epilayers and with the substrate in the devices which are used in the field of spintronics for applications such as data storage. The project will potentially involve collaborations with the University of Glasgow and the ISIS neutron source at Rutherford Appleton Labs.

Keywords:Transmission Electron Microscopy, Thin Film Deposition, Magnetic Thin Films, Spintronics

Fees and funding

This scholarship is part of Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarship scheme.

This scholarship is fully funded covering fees and a maintenance of £14,254 in 2016/17

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Professor Rik Brydson (SCAPE)