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School of Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical with Nuclear Engineering MEng, BEng

MEng BEng Mechanical with Nuclear Engineering


Throughout the world there is an ever-increasing demand for energy, but most of this is currently derived from increasingly expensive and scarce fossil fuels. Such fuels also produce massive emissions that can lead to climate change.

There is therefore an urgent need to increase our supply of alternative forms of energy that do not contribute to the ‘greenhouse effect’. Nuclear power has been an essential element of our global portfolio of energy production technologies for several decades and its contribution is set to increase over the coming years.

This resurgence in demand for nuclear power has resulted in an increase in demand for mechanical engineers with specialist knowledge of the requirements of the nuclear industry. This course provides you with such knowledge.

The degree is based solidly on the foundations of mechanical engineering followed by more specialist multidisciplinary topics relating directly to the nuclear power and associated industries. During these years, in addition to lectures, labs and projects, you will also have a weekly small-group tutorial session with your personal tutor, who will be a member of staff with expertise in
the nuclear industry.

The first two years of our five degree courses share the same set of compulsory modules and in years three and four you will undertake specialist modules according to your chosen degree course. A key benefit of having a common first two years is that you can easily switch between our different degrees.

UCAS Code: H3H8 (MEng, BEng) or H3H3 (BEng)
Our students typically undertake the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) as this is the most direct route to becoming a chartered engineer (CEng).
Industrial placements: Yes
Study abroad: Yes
Course duration: 3, 4 or 5 years depending on option taken.
Start date: September
Course fees: UK/EU: £9,000; International: £18,500
Information about living expenses and financial support can be found on the University's website.
Scholarships: Scholarships worth up to £8,000 available.
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council.

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In years one and two, you will study the foundations of mechanical engineering followed by more specialist multidisciplinary topics relating directly to the nuclear power and associated industries.

In year three, you will study specialised modules covering nuclear physics, nuclear reactor principles, commercial nuclear power operations and procedures, and will develop an understanding of the safety culture and regulatory environment of the nuclear industry and how this is manifested in design, operation, waste management and decommissioning. You will also study further thermodynamics and fluid mechanics, including compressible flow dynamics, combustion and turbo-machinery, as well as finite element analysis – a crucial
engineering tool for predicting stresses, deformations and critical forces in structures.

In year four (MEng), you will study further specialised modules, addressing in more detail key engineering features of nuclear power generation, as well as exploring economic, political and public acceptance of the future of nuclear power, advanced fuel cycles and reactors, and future nuclear technologies.

The table below shows the modules that you will study if you commence your studies in September 2014. This information is taken from the University Programme Catalogue, which is a tool designed for current students to select modules. If you are looking to start your studies in September 2015 download our 2015 brochure to give you a flavour of what you will study along with the information above.

Our courses have a modular structure where you will be required to study 120 credits per year. A standard module is typically worth 10 or 20 credits.

This is an indicative list and actual content may vary as we regularly review the content or our courses in light of new experiences and developments in the field.

Career options

Leeds graduates are actively recruited by a wide range of prestigious companies. As an engineer in the nuclear industry, you might be responsible for designing the next generation of nuclear powerplant, required to run a nuclear power station safely and productively, or you may be involved in fuel reprocessing, waste management, decommissioning of old nuclear power stations or radiological protection and safety.

With the help of our Employability team, we will make sure you are given every chance to secure a position before you graduate.

Entry requirements

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications. If your qualification does not appear in the list below please contact our admissions team.

2015 entry

Entry requirements for the Integrated Masters (MEng, BEng) and the standalone BEng are the same.

A-level: A*AA including Mathematics and Physics (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking).

Engineering Diploma: Grade A* (plus A or above in A-level Mathematics).

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD overall including a distinction in Mechanical Principles & Applications, plus Grade A for A-level Mathematics.

IB: 37 points overall, with 18 points at higher level to include 6 points in higher level Mathematics and Physics.

Country-specific equivalent qualifications
The Faculty's country-specific equivalent qualifications web page gives you an idea of the types of qualifications we accept.

English language requirement
GCSE English Language grade C (or above) or an equivalent recognised English Language qualification e.g. IELTS: 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component of listening, reading, speaking and writing.

Our Language Centre provide the Academic English for Undergraduate Studies Pre-sessional course, which is designed to help international students develop their language and academic study skills.

Access to Leeds
We have a policy of welcoming applicants from non-traditional academic backgrounds. If you do not meet our entry criteria above, you may be eligible via the Access to Leeds scheme.

Foundation courses
If you do not have the formal qualifications for immediate entry to one of our degree, you may be able to progress through a foundation year. The University offers a one-year BSc Studies in Science for students without a science background at A-level and an Interdisciplinary Science Foundation Year for applicants who meet specific widening participation criteria.

Our International Foundation Year (IFY) is intended for international students who do not yet have the formal qualifications required for entry to level 1 of our degree courses.

How to apply

All undergraduate applications should be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS).

Once you have applied and your application has been reviewed by our admissions tutor, suitable applicants will be invited to an applicant day, which we encourage you to attend.

Our applicant days are very different from the general university open days you may have attended. They will give you the opportunity to meet our students, academic staff and admissions staff, and find out more about your course, including a detailed look at the course contents, student activities, and
teaching approaches. You will take part in a practical engineering activity, which involves working in teams in our design office to solve a fun engineering problem. This is followed by a feedback session and prize-giving.

The tour of the school’s facilities includes interactive demonstrations of student activities, such as experiments with wind tunnels, engines, materials and mechatronic systems, and recent project work. You will also view the Formula Student race car construction area, our new thermofluids lab, the dynamics and control lab, the National Instruments LabVIEW Academy/materials lab, and the prototyping and manufacturing lab.

We like to interview applicants before making an offer, so the applicant day will
also include an interview with one of our academics. This will give you the chance to discuss your application in more detail, check that it’s the right course for you and your career plans, have your questions answered and find out more about studying at Leeds.

We appreciate that not all applicants are able to attend an interview and in such cases the offer decision will be made based on the information on the UCAS form.

MEng only
If you are an International (non-EU/EEA or Swiss citizen) applicant who has applied for, or intends to apply for, this course within the Faculty of Engineering and require a student visa to study in the UK then you will require an ATAS certificate.

If you require any further information please contact our admissions team,
e: t: +44 (0)113 343 2149