16 - 20 March 2020

Course details

  • Duration: 3 or 5 days
  • Fees:
    - Professionals £900 / £1500
    - External students £540 / £900
    - Imperial students £360 / £600
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Radiation detection and measurement plays an important role in our lives. It covers a wide range of applications from personnel and environmental monitoring, X-ray scanning and security applications, medical applications, agricultural applications and nuclear power industries to research applications.

There has been a significant increase in demand for people with nuclear skills in recent years. This programme is designed to help the course attendees to gain some nuclear skills and meet some of these needs.

This course provides training on radioactivity, radiation detection, counting and spectrometry of ionising radiation.

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Course aims

The course aims to train scientists and engineers for future employment in the nuclear power industry sector in research, applications, operation, engineering or decommissioning roles. Secondary career paths might involve radiological protection, nuclear medicine and health physics.

The main objectives of the course are:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of radiation detection and measurement and nuclear instruments.
  • Gaining knowledge and skills on radiation detection, counting and spectrometry including shielding and health physics, as well as in radioactive sample preparation
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct experiments and understanding how to acquire, identify, quantify and assess radionuclides and report radiation data, uncertainty and detection limits.

Who should attend?

The course is designed for both mid-career and new graduates in scientific and engineering subjects who wish to enter the nuclear industry or pursue nuclear research.

Benefits of attending

Participants will be able to gain knowledge about nature of radioactivity, interaction of various types of radiation with matter and how these interactions are used to detect and measure them, different types of radiation instruments and their calibrations, statistics of radioactivity counting and estimation and propagation of uncertainties, practical experience on using gamma spectrometry systems, liquid scintillation counters, neutron counters, handling radioactive samples and radiation survey and monitoring.

Course methods

The course consists of a series of ten lectures on radioactivity, radiation detection instrumentation and measurements and nine hand-on practical sessions that covers some basic nuclear and reactor physics.

Comments from past participants

"An excellent crash course in radiological measurement, delightful teachers and a wonderful location"

"Very well structured and a lot of relavant and useful information"

"Enthusiastic, knowledgeable and experienced presenters"