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School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering

Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering


A priority for the UK includes the provision of underpinning skills and expertise that will be used to secure our future ‘low carbon’ energy requirements.

Our commitment to carbon reduction programmes requires the development of large-scale energy generation capacity that is not based on fossil fuels. However, there are issues relating to alternative energy sources such as the lack of certainty of supply and the lack of sufficient energy storage capacity.

This has led to plans of developing a new fleet of nuclear reactors in partnership with the private sector, which has generated significant interest within the UK industry.

Coincident with the proposed new build programme is the nuclear decommissioning programme. This deals with the safe disposal of legacy wastes and the management of redundant nuclear plant. These coincident events have resulted in a need for new science and engineering graduates to work in the multidisciplinary field of nuclear engineering. One estimate suggests over 1000 graduates per year for the next 15 years will be needed as a minimum requirement.

We have responded to the skills gap identified by launching an undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering and by establishing a Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Engineering, which is focussed on the key areas providing underpinning expertise to ensure;

• a safe and closed nuclear fuel cycle for any new build projects
• confidence in our ability to efficiently treat and dispose of existing nuclear fuel waste.

Applications for this CDT are now closed.


Students will be enrolled on an integrated 4 year MSc/PhD degree programme. You will complete the taught components during the first 2 years and the programme will include core nuclear skills modules plus some options that will be chosen for their relevance to your specific research project.

Compulsory modules
You will study 135 credits of compulsory modules:

Year of study Number of credits
Year 1 / Semester 1  
Nuclear Fundamentals 15
Nuclear Operations 15
Year 1 / Semester 2  
Nuclear Reactor Engineering 30
Year 2 / Semester 1  
Nuclear Futures 15
Research Project 60

The mini-research project will precede the student starting on the PhD component of the integrated degree. The student will be given a topic that is strongly industry led and that will typically involve one or more study periods in an industrial environment.

Optional modules
You will also choose 45 credits of optional modules (modules are typically worth 15 credits) during the second year. These optional credits will be chosen in conjunction with your PhD supervisor to augment your education in a relevant topic area.

Examples of modules that may be selected include;

Particle Process Engineering
Advanced Mathematical Techniques
Separation Processes (30 credits)
Multi-Scale Modelling
Batch Process Engineering
Advanced Energy Systems
Computational Transfer Processes
Civil Engineering Materials 3, Cement-Based Materials
Advanced Concrete Design
Deterioration and Maintenance of Concrete Structures
Advanced Steel & Composite Design
Computational and Experimental Methods
Research Methods
Computational Modelling

Download the programme structure


UK students will be eligible to receive a fully funded studentship covering the cost of academics fees and a separate maintenance grant of £17,500 (tax free) per annum.

EU students will be eligible for a fees-only award.

Entry requirements

You are required to have attained a 1st class or upper 2nd class undergraduate degree, or an MSc degree, in an engineering or science related discipline.

How to apply

To apply please complete a formal application for Integrated PhD study (click on ‘Apply online’)

Instructions for filling out the form:

- Select ‘Research Postgraduate’ for type of form
- The course is ‘Integrated PhD with MSc in Nuclear Engineering FT’
- Start date is 1st October 2014
- To enter a research interest, please refer to the research in the overview tab.
- You may if you wish include a research proposal if you have a specific project you wish to follow, however this is not required at this stage. Successful applicants will be sent a list of potential PhD topics later.

Applications for this CDT are now closed.

Interviews: w/c 10th February 2014

For admissions enquiries and how to apply please contact our Graduate School Office,

For informal enquiries please contact Dr James Young,