MSc Nuclear Science and Engineering

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Faculty Faculty of Science Faculty of Engineering
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

This MSc delivers a solid grounding in the science and engineering principles that underpin the global nuclear industry. Throughout the programme you will benefit from a connection, via the South West Nuclear Hub, to the University of Bristol’s UK-leading industrial research. This environment of collaboration with key industrial partners enriches your learning experience and exposes you to the scientific and engineering challenges facing nuclear energy today.

The programme offers you the opportunity to gain skills and experience highly sought after by the nuclear industry. As you learn about five key themes of nuclear science and engineering from experts in the field you will develop skills in problem-solving, team-building, communication and scientific writing.

During the challenge project element of the programme you will join a multi-disciplinary team in approaching a genuine industry problem. The challenge is set by industry partners, who will act as your industrial supervisors, provide guidance on your work and attend your final presentation. Previous industry partners include Sellafield, EDF Energy and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

This area of scientific study demands state-of-the-art facilities, and the programme gives you access to a suite of multi-million pound, cutting-edge analytical equipment, supported by dedicated technicians. Facilities include profiling systems, x-ray microscopes, a 200-acre site focused on robotics and device sensor development, and the largest earthquake simulator in the UK. 

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees

UK/EU
£10,200
Overseas
£21,100

Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The five key themes that run through the programme are: the nuclear cycle; nuclear reactor materials and design; nuclear structural integrity; nuclear professionalism and nuclear systems; infrastructure, hazards and risk.

Teaching consists of core lecture-based units in science and engineering:

  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering
  • Nuclear Material Behaviour
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle

The Research Skills and Group Project units help develop the skills needed to work in this area, including industry-focused workshops, an industry-set challenge and a major individual research project, for which the practical work takes place over the summer.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physics or a related subject. Alternative relevant professional experience or qualifications may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Careers

Graduates will leave equipped with a familiarity with the nuclear industry and its unique safety culture, and they will be prepared to enter the industry or continue towards further research in academia.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 August 2017

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.

Joyce

REF 2014 results

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Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

Get in touch

Ms Krissy Stothard Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1791 Email: nuclear-msc@bristol.ac.uk

South West Nuclear Hub
David Smith Building
University of Bristol
73 St Michael's Hill
Bristol BS2 8BH http://www.bristol.ac.uk/physics

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