Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Introduction to Nuclear Energy B

Module aims

This module aims provide a basic introduction to the engineering, safety, socio-economic context 
and prospects for nuclear energy. This module also provides the basic knowledge necessary for more advanced nuclear modules. This is a level 7 version of the level 6 Introduction to Nuclear Energy module and students cannot take both for credit towards their final degree.

ECTS units:  5    

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate a broad understanding of the issues surrounding the use of nuclear energy.

2. Explain the course that nuclear power development has taken, and its present position.

3. Explain the underlying physical basis of the generation of energy from nuclear processes.

4. Explain the main engineering issues in capturing this energy and using it to generate electricity.

5. Perform basic reactor physics and thermal hydraulic calculations

6. Critique, assess and review articles, publications and statements regarding nuclear power, demonstrating a deep understanding of the technology and its issues and an appreciation of the way this is communicated

Module syllabus

Energy release from fission

The collective behaviour of neutrons

Basic reactor physics computations

Basic nuclear thermal hydraulics

Particular materials issues for nuclear power

Nuclear safety and accidents

The economics of nuclear power

Fission as opposed to fusion

Teaching methods

Students will be introduced to the main topics through lectures, supported by technology (PowerPoint, Panapto and Blackboard). Some lectures will be given by experts from industry and Government. You will be provided with problem solving sheets and should complete these as part of your independent study. Tutorials sessions will provide an opportunity for interaction with teaching staff where you can discuss specific problems. 


Assessment details        
      Pass mark   
Grading method Numeric   50%
Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark Must pass?
Examination 3 Hour exam (50% MCQ, 50% long essay question) 100% 50% Y

Module leaders

Dr Michael Bluck