Education and Training

Based at the University of Edinburgh, education is at the heart of the way we work. We offer PhD qualifications and Continued Professional Development (CPD). If you are interested in education or training at the ECFP and want to know what we can offer you, don’t hesitate to get in touch or find out more below.


Embedding people in a different environment is a strong mechanism for learning and knowledge exchange.  Our students benefit significantly from placements within a company which provides them with insight into the applications of our research.  Conversely, we may be able to host industrial employees to enable them to gain from working in a research intensive environment.

CPD for teachers

We offer Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses during which we explain scientific topics and provide experimental demonstrations to groups of teachers.   We also organise Friday afternoon events for teachers to come and meet our researchers.  This is a great way for teachers to gain inspiration from cutting-edge research and foster contact with a range of academic staff.  Thanks to our industrial work, we have numerous examples of how our research applies to daily life.   We are open to suggestions as to how we can support school education.

Ogden School Physicist of the Year

Our Ogden Outreach Officer organises an 'Ogden School Physicist of the Year' event at the start of July, for 5th year High School students living in, and around, Edinburgh.

Continued Professional Development

At the ECFP we offer bespoke training courses designed around your specific needs in the fields of colloid and formulation science, measurement techniques and data analysis and interpretation.

These courses may be run from company premises or at the University of Edinburgh. If you are interested in attending a course or having a course tailored to your needs and run solely for members of your organisation please contact us.

Centre for Doctoral Training

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI CDT) brings together expertise from the University of Edinburgh, Durham and Leeds to offer postgraduate training. The core remit of the SOFI CDT is to train the next generation of research leaders. SOFI related industrial sectors account for approximately 17.2% of UK GDP and employ over 1.1M UK employees.