MSc in Advanced Nuclear Engineering

Course Structure

The MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering is a one-year full-time taught masters hosted by the Department of Materials and run within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering (CNE).

The course is aimed to equip the next generation of Nuclear Engineers with the skills and understanding to satisfy the demands of the nuclear industry. The UK is poised for new growth in this sector, especially in light of the new build at Hinkley C, as well as significant new build programmes worldwide. Studying at Imperial provides you with the opportunity to be at the heart of this development and build upon our expertise in teaching and research in this field, dating back to the 1950s.

Topics covered include all major aspects of the nuclear industry from the design and build of nuclear power stations, their operations, through to decommissioning and final disposal. It is a multi-disciplinary course, well suited for graduates of Physical Sciences or Engineering degrees.

The core and supplementary modules are taught by research leaders from within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering and a hand-picked selection of industrial experts. Our experts come from the Departments of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Earth Science Engineering, alongside unique expertise from our Reactor Centre staff at the Silwood Park campus, who manage the CONSORT test reactor.

Entry Requirements

First or good 2:1 honours BEng or MEng degree or equivalent international qualification in an engineering or science discipline (Materials, Mechanical, Civil, Chemical Engineering or Physics or Chemistry). Applicants with relevant industrial experience would also be considered.

An English qualification is also required except for applicants with a first degree awarded from universities in: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America, and West Indies


Course modules

Core modulesCore short courses
Introduction to Nuclear Energy (taught intensively over one week at the start of the programme) Fast Reactors and Nuclear Hydrogen Production
Modelling for Nuclear Engineers Nuclear Engineer in Industry
Nuclear Chemical Engineering Nuclear Fusion
Nuclear Materials for Reactor Systems Nuclear Island Constructionarium*
Nuclear Safety Management Nuclear Energy Policy
Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics Radiation Protection
Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning  
Reactor Physics  

Project and placement

You will undertake a hands-on research project over the summer (3 months). This project can be hosted within one of our world class research groups within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, or externally within our network of academic and industrial contacts. This project will provide you will the skills to undertake your own research, discuss your findings with colleagues, and to write reports.

The project is assessed in three parts: (1) written literature review, of up to 5,000 words; (2) written thesis at the end of the project, of up to 12,500 words; (3) oral presentation at the end of your project.


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How to apply

Applications to the MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering will close on 29 July 2016.

Contacts in the Department of Materials
  Dr Ben Britton, MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering Course Director Dr Ben Britton
Course Director, MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering
Miss Raj Gill, MSc Courses Administrator Miss Raj Gill
Course Administrator, MSc courses
Contacts in the Department of Materials