ISIS Neutron Training Course
23 Oct 2023



The ISIS Neutron Training Course is a practical instrument-based course for postgraduate and post-doc researchers who have little or no experience of neutron scattering, but whose future research program will make use of time-of-flight neutron techniques.



The course runs annually for 10 days at ISIS and has places for 32 participants.​​ 

The next course will run from the 7th - 17th May 2024

Application form​

Deadline for applications is the 8th January 2024

Students on the 2017 NTC​
Outline of Course
  • Basic Principles Lectures for All:
    (Neutron Time-of-flight, Detectors, Neutron materials and interactions, Instrument Components, Neutron Scattering Theory)
  • Chemistry and Materials Stream:
    ​(Powder and single crystal diffraction, Rietveld refinement (GSAS), Molecular Spectroscopy, Diffuse scattering, Non-crystalline materials scattering, Quasi-elastic neutron scattering)
  • Physics Stream:
    (Neutron diffraction, magnetic Rietveld refinement (Fullprof), inelastic scattering - polycrystals and single crystals)
  • Soft Matter Stream:
    (Sample preparation​ and deuteration, Small-angle neutron scattering, Neutron reflectometry)

  • Optional Modules on final day​:
    (Computational methods (DFT), Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Quasi-elastic Scattering for soft or hard matter, Biological SANS data reduction, Polarized reflectometry for soft matter, Strain-scanning, Spectroscopy on catalysts, Disordered materials analysis, Phonon analysis)

The course includes free accommodation at Cosener's House in Abingdon, and travel expenses (within the UK only) - and is free to participating attendees.  We are not able to fund travel expenses from outside of the UK οr fees assoicatied with VISA applications.  

Selection criteria for applications to the Neutron Training Course

Applications for the Neutron Training Course are assesed by a selection panel according to the following criteria (in order of importance):

  • Preference is given to applicants who, in the judgement of the selection committee, will make significant use of neutron scattering in their research.  This is assessed via a reserach statement provided by the applicant and a recommendation statement by the research supervisor.  
  • Preference is given to applicants who are in the very earliest stage of their reserach using neutron scattering.
  • Preference is given to applicants funded from the UK (this is interpreted broadly and it includes University, Research Council or UK Industry funding) and those from ISIS partner countries: Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, India, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia and Malaysia

The selection committee is made of of the ISIS Neutron Training Course co-ordinators and an external ISIS user representative.  Due to the high demand for places, we regret that we are unable to accept either undergraduates or masters students on the course. 

​​Course Organizers

Najet Mahmoudi
07525 313850
Ross Stewart
07557 012585
Sarah Rogers

Contact: Stewart, Ross (STFC,RAL,ISIS)