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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


Because of the impact worldwide of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 International Summer Programmes have been replaced by the Virtual Summer Festival of Learning

This course is part of the Science Summer Programme Term I 2020.

To apply for this course, please enrol on the programme above, and then select the courses you wish to study. For more information about Summer Programmes please visit our Summer Programmes Page.

How do we understand the structure of materials and rationalise their physical and chemical properties? This course introduces diffraction methods and crystallography. For over 100 years, these have provided an invaluable tool for understanding the nature and properties of materials. The principles are demonstrated using examples from a broad range of fields, ranging from drug design to the jet engine. Please note: this course will require fluency in high school level algebra, trigonometry, complex numbers and the use of vectors. Some knowledge of differential and integral calculus may also be required.


Course dates

05 Jul 2020 to 11 Jul 2020

Course duration

1 week

Apply by

22 Jun 2020

Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


International Summer Programmes
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom
01223 760850

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Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

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