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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).

This course empowers the next generation of talented engineers to enter and support growth and development of the global nuclear industry. We provide our students with the core skills required by a wide range of roles within the nuclear sector and enable them to provide creative solutions which are grounded with a firm technical understanding.

The course covers all major aspect of the nuclear industry, from the design and build of nuclear power stations and their operations through to decommissioning and final disposal. Within the course, we enable our students to be horizon scanners and discuss the next generation of fission and fusion concepts, as well as the role of nuclear power in the wider global energy landscape.

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.

The core and supplementary modules are taught by research leaders from within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering (CNE) 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.

Course specification

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

Modules and placement

Course modules

Core modulesComprehensive modules (choose 6)Short modules (choose 4)
Introduction to Nuclear Energy (taught intensively over one week at the start of the programme) Modelling for Nuclear Engineers Fast Reactors and Nuclear Hydrogen Production
Journal Club Nuclear Chemical Engineering Nuclear Energy Policy
Research Project Nuclear Materials for Reactor Systems Nuclear Engineer in Industry
  Nuclear Reactor Physics Nuclear Fusion
  Nuclear Safety Management Radiation Protection
  Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics  
  Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning  
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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.

Financial Support/ Fees

Financial Support and Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees

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How to apply/ Deadlines

Applications to the MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering for 2018/19 will open in November 2017 and will close on Friday 1 June 2018.

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 Mrs Raj Adcock
Course Administrator, MSc courses
Contacts in the Department of Materials

Information for offer holders

Congratulations on your offer to study with us in the Department of Materials. We look forward to meeting you in October.

Course start date: Saturday 29 September 2018
Course end date:
Friday 27th September 2019

Please see below what you will need to do before joining us in October.

ATAS Certificate

Submitting Official Documents


If you are an international (from outside the EU) applicant you will need to apply for a ‘ATAS Certificate’:

PLEASE NOTE: ATAS is only valid for 6 months and must be valid at the start of the course. We advise that you do not submit your ATAS application before April.


Documents including your official A-Level certificates (or secondary leaving certificate equivalent), English Language Certificates and ATAS Certificate must be sent by post, directly to the Imperial College London Registry Team. 

Please e-mail to obtain the postal address .

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must send their official documents to the Imperial College London Registry Team to be verified, NOT the Department of Materials.