MSc Advanced Nuclear Engineering
Duration: 1 year full-time
Start date: October 2017
Campus: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits
Miss Raj Gill
This course aims to equip the next generation of nuclear engineers with the skills and understanding to satisfy the demands of the nuclear industry.
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.
We enable our students to be horizon scanners and discuss the next generation of fission and fusion concepts, as well as the role of nuclear power in the wider global energy landscape.
The core and supplementary modules are taught by research leaders from within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering (CNE) and a hand-picked selection of industrial experts. Our experts come from the Departments of Materials, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Earth Science Engineering, alongside unique expertise from our Reactor Centre staff at the Silwood Park campus, who manage the CONSORT test reactor.
As well as taught modules, you will complete a hands-on research project for three months over the summer.
Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.
You study all of the modules below.
- Introduction to Nuclear Energy
- Journal Club
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
You choose four modules from below.
- Fast Reactors and Nuclear Hydrogen Production
- Nuclear Engineer in Industry
- Nuclear Energy Policy
- Nuclear Fusion
- Radiation Protection
You will undertake a hands-on research project over the summer (3 months). This project can be hosted within one of our world class research groups within the Centre for Nuclear Engineering, or externally within our network of academic and industrial contacts. This project will provide you will the skills to undertake your own research, discuss your findings with colleagues, and to write reports.
The project is assessed in three parts: (1) written literature review, of up to 5,000 words; (2) written thesis at the end of the project, of up to 12,500 words; (3) oral presentation at the end of your project.
Teaching and assessment
- Journal clubs
- Modelling laboratories
- Research project (literature review, thesis and final presentation)
You will receive your course timetable by the beginning of your studies in October and the core teaching hours for the College are 9am–6pm.
Tuition fees and funding
The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.
For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.
Tuition fees (Home and EU students)
Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)
Postgraduate Master's loan
If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.
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.
There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.
Accommodation and living costs
Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.
You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.
A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.
We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.
For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).
We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.
Minimum academic requirement
2.1 Honours degree in an engineering or science discipline (e.g. materials; mechanical, civil or chemical engineering; physics or chemistry).
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 requirement (all applicants)
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 postgraduate applicants.
How to apply
All applicants must apply online.
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 courses don't have a formal closing date, but popular courses close when they are full, so you should apply early to avoid disappointment. There may also be funding deadlines that apply to you.
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.
For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.
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.