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MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering

University of Bristol
Bristol, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year full-time

Course description
The MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering will prepare students for a career either in industry or academia by providing a thorough grounding in the science and engineering underpinning today’s nuclear energy systems. Combining the strengths of the Science and Engineering faculties, and drawing on an established programme of nationally leading industrial research through the Bristol-Oxford Nuclear Research Centre, the course provides a unique multidisciplinary experience and is a key part of the South West Nuclear Hub.

Developed and delivered in partnership with industry, this MSc programme includes a focus on nuclear professionalism. Graduates will leave equipped with a familiarity with the nuclear industry and its unique safety culture, preparing them to enter the industry or continue in academia.

The Nuclear Science and Engineering programme offers students numerous opportunities to collaborate with partner institutions, such as Institute Polytechniquede Grenoble (INP), École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), the Materials Ageing Institute (MAI) and Hitachi-GE Internships.

Both Jacobs and EDF Energy sponsor some of our research projects giving students a bursary towards their study, as well as a three-month research project and a mentor. EDF Energy also offer streamlining directly into the EDF Energy graduate assessment centre.

Course structure
Nuclear Energy is a vital part of the UK strategy to prevent climate change and secure the electricity supply of the future. The MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering at the University of Bristol trains students to be the future experts of the industry. Classes will teach about the construction and design of nuclear fission and fusion power, decommissioning of existing facilities and management of the fuel cycle and waste.

The programme is delivered full-time over one year by the University of Bristol. Students will form a cohort attached to the South West Nuclear Hub and will benefit from working with internationally leading research teams.

The MSc contains a total of 180 credit points (CP), split between taught and practical elements

Core Units:

– Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
– Nuclear Reactor Engineering
– Nuclear Materials Behaviour
– Nuclear Reactor Physics
– Nuclear Fuel Cycle
– Research Skills
– Group Project
– Individual Research Project

The Taught Programme consists of core units, which provide a solid foundation in the scientific and engineering subjects, and optional units, which offer an opportunity to explore topics of particular interest. Students are encouraged to broaden outside their discipline by the requirement to select at least ten credit points from the Faculty outside their individual research project.

The Practical Programme consists of the Group Project and the Individual Research Project. The Group Project brings students together in interdisciplinary teams to tackle current problems facing the nuclear industry, e.g. Challenge Events posed by the University’s industrial partners such as EDF Energy, Sellafield, CCFE, NNL, Rolls-Royce, RWM and Cavendish Nuclear. These help students develop key skills sought by employers such as innovation, communication and leadership. The student’s Individual Research Project is supervised by leading academics at the University of Bristol, and is often aligned with key industrial partners, offering an opportunity to experience the industry’s technical challenges and professional culture first-hand.

Fees and Funding
Information is available here, search for ‘nuclear’.

Entry Requirements
Applicants will be considered individually, but a 2:1 or better in an engineering or science degree will be expected. Contact the MSc team directly to discuss eligibility.

How to apply
Information on how to apply is available here.

Contact Information
Email: nuclear-msc@bristol.ac.uk

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