Materials with Nuclear Engineering MEng
  • Undergraduate
  • MEng

Materials with Nuclear Engineering

Apply your study of materials to nuclear engineering in this professionally accredited Master’s degree.

Apply your study of materials to nuclear engineering in this professionally accredited degree

Learn how materials can contribute to a sustainable society and key challenges in the industry

Enhance your practical skills with experimental work in lab tutorials  and design your own experiments to test a hypothesis and investigate materials

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Course key facts

  • Qualification

    • MEng

  • Duration

    4 years

  • Start date

    October 2025

  • UCAS course code


  • Study mode


  • Fees

    • Not set Home

    • Not set Overseas

  • Delivered by

  • Location

    • South Kensington

  • Applications: places

    5 : 1 (2023)

Minimum entry standard

  • AAA (A-level)

  • 38 points (International Baccalaureate)

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Course overview

Understand how technological advances transform our everyday lives on this four-year course, which also includes the opportunity to specialise in nuclear engineering.

Materials science and engineering (MSE) is increasingly helping to solve real societal problems in fields such as energy, sustainability, and nuclear safety.

This course will see you engage with both scientific and engineering aspects of the discipline to better understand the processing, structure, and performance of materials.

You'll also learn how the ability to invent and improve materials is opening up new opportunities in a variety of areas. You'll examine how this field is transforming fields such as nuclear energy, reactor technology, radiation safety, waste disposal, robotics and quantum computing.

Experimental work is a core part of this course, and through a series of laboratory tutorials you'll be introduced to key techniques in a practical setting. This includes the chance to design your own experiments to test a hypothesis and investigate materials using electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

The third year will see you specialise in nuclear engineering, where you'll deepen your appreciation of aspects of nuclear energy and nuclear chemical engineering.

Your studies reach Master's level in your final year, where your work will culminate in a substantial research project.


This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll study all core modules.

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Computing 
  • Performance of Structural Materials
  • Engineering Practice 
  • Fundamentals of Processing
  • Structure 1
  • Properties 1 

You’ll study all core modules.

Core modules

  • Mathematics and Computing 2
  • Engineering Practice 2
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Properties 2
  • Structure 2
  • Performance of Functional Materials

You’ll study all core modules.

You’ll also choose two optional modules.

Core modules

  • Managerial Economics
  • Theory and Simulation of Materials
  • Processing Laboratory
  • Research Techniques
  • Materials Processing
  • I-Explore
  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Nuclear Chemical Engineering

Optional modules

  • Engineering Alloys
  • Ceramics and Glasses
  • Nanomaterials
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Optoelectronic Materials
  • Mathematics and Quantum Mechanics
  • Biomaterials

Through I-Explore, you'll have the chance to deepen your knowledge in a brand new subject area, chosen from a huge range of for-credit modules.

All of our undergraduate courses include one module from I-Explore's wide selection. The module you choose will be fully integrated into your course's curriculum and count as credit towards your degree.

You’ll complete a research project during your final year.

You will take all core modules and select two further optional modules.

Core modules 

  • Individual project
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics or Nuclear Reactor Physics

Optional modules

  • Density Functional Theory
  • Advanced Engineering Alloys
  • Electroceramics
  • Advanced Nanomaterials
  • Advanced Structural Ceramics
  • Advanced Biomaterials
  • Advanced Tissue Engineering
  • Machine Learning for Materials

Professional accreditation

This degree is professionally accredited by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) on behalf of the Engineering Council.

With a professionally accredited degree, you’ll be able to demonstrate to employers that you have achieved an industry-recognised standard of competency. Professional accreditation also provides international recognition of your qualifications, which you can use to launch a career abroad.

With this integrated Master’s degree, you’ll fully meet the educational requirements for professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Becoming a Chartered Engineer can further enhance your career prospects and earning potential. It demonstrates your competencies and commitment to lifelong learning – providing you with recognition in your field and greater influence and opportunities.

Our accreditation agreement with IOM3 is renewed every five years. The current accreditation agreement is due to be renewed in August 2028.


In addition to your degree, you’ll receive the Associateship of the Royal School of Mines (ARSM) upon completion of this course. This associateship is awarded by one of our historic constituent Colleges.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning methods

  • Laboratory work
  • Person at lectern giving speech
  • Four students sitting in a tutorial
  • A group of people interacting
    Group work

Balance of assessment


  • Coursework
  • Examination

Year 1

  • 40% Coursework
  • 60% Examination

Year 2

  • 35% Coursework
  • 65% Examination

Year 3

  • 38% Coursework
  • 62% Examination

Year 4

  • 67% Coursework
  • 33% Examination

Assessment methods

  • Microscope for lab work
    Laboratory performance
  • Laboratory reports
  • Code on a computer screen
    Online programming tests
  • Person completing coursework
    Written coursework
  • Group project reports
  • A person completing a written exam
    Written examinations
  • Poster project
    Poster presentations
  • Research thesis
  • Oral presentations

Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

How to apply

Apply via UCAS

When applications open, you will be able to start your application via UCAS Hub. There you can add this course as one of your choices and track your application.

Start your application via UCAS | J5H8

UCAS institution code: I50

Application deadlines – 29 January 2025 at 18.00 (UK time)

Tuition fees

Home fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Home fee for 2024–25 was £9,250 per year

Overseas fee

2025 entry

Not set
As a guide, the Overseas fee for 2024–25 was £40,940 per year

How will studying at Imperial help my career?

97% Of Imperial Materials graduates in work or further study*

  • 97% Of Imperial Materials graduates in work or further study*
  • 3%

91% Of Imperial Materials graduates in highly skilled work or further study*

  • 91% Of Imperial Materials graduates in highly skilled work or further study*
  • 9%

*2021-22 graduate outcomes data, published by HESA in 2024

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Develop the essential core knowledge and skills for a nuclear engineering-related career.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Nuclear power, energy & research and development (R&D) are just some of your options.

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You’ll also be highly sought after in emerging sectors such as energy and nuclear power. Other potential career paths include nuclear reactors, nuclear materials sector, and software development engineering, management consulting & manufacturing and technology.

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