Nuclear Engineering studentECTS: 90 credits
Start date: October 2017
Duration: 1 year full-time
LocationSouth Kensington

This course is now open to applications for 2017 entry.

This course aims to equip the next generation of nuclear engineers with the skills and understanding to satisfy the demands of the nuclear industry.

About the course


This programme is aimed at a new generation of engineers, with the intention of ensuring they are equipped with specific training to work together and generate creative solutions based upon solid technical understanding to support the global nuclear industry.

Topics covered include all major aspects of the nuclear industry from the design and build of nuclear power stations, their operations, through to decommissioning and final disposal.

Our course is multidisciplinary, drawing from expertise across departments within the Faculty of Engineering, including experts from the Reactor Centre staff at the Silwood Park Campus who operate the CONSORT test reactor.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Formal teaching extends from October through to the end of May, with a variety of learning methods including lectures, coursework, laboratory based and group learning. Assessment includes coursework, tests and examinations.

Over a third of the degree involves a hands-on research project, working within a research team to address a novel and exciting research problem. Your project is either undertaken within the range of research groups based within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial or as a suitable industrial placement with our network of collaborative partners.

The project involves a written literature review after the project is chosen in January. The research is hands-on and full-time after exams have concluded until September. It culminates with a written thesis and presentation to members of the Centre for Nuclear Engineering and your colleagues on the MSc.

Core modules

  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Journal Club
  • Research Project

Optional modules

You study a combination of comprehensive and short modules.

Comprehensive modules

You choose six modules from below.

  • Modelling for Nuclear Engineers
  • Nuclear Chemical Engineering
  • Nuclear Materials for Reactor Systems
  • Nuclear Reactor Physics
  • Nuclear Safety Management
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics
  • Nuclear Waste Management and Decommissioning
Short modules

You choose four modules from below.

  • Fast Reactors and Nuclear Hydrogen Production
  • Nuclear Engineer in Industry
  • Nuclear Energy Policy
  • Nuclear Fusion
  • Radiation Protection

Teaching and assessment


  • Journal clubs
  • Lectures
  • Modelling laboratories
  • Tutorials


  • Coursework
  • Examination
  • Research project (literature review, thesis and final presentation)

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2.1 Honours degree in an engineering or science discipline (e.g. materials; mechanical, civil or chemical engineering; physics or chemistry).

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirements

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postrgraduate applicants.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:


Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:


Government funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Most of our postgraduate courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full. We therefore recommend applying early to avoid disappointment, especially students who will also be applying for funding or applying for a visa.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

ATAS Certificate

An ATAS certificate is required for overseas students applying for this course. Your Tier 4 visa application, or extension of stay, will automatically be refused if you need an ATAS certificate and cannot provide one.

For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate please see the information on our International Student Support team website.