MSc Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors
University of Birmingham - College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
GBP 9,810 / per year *
Earliest start date
* per year for UK students; £25,740 per year for international students
The environmental impact from the use of fossil fuels and the uncertainties in their sources of supply has led to many alternative energy sources being investigated. But of these, only nuclear fission power is at present sufficiently developed to provide an economically viable alternative to fossil fuels.
This programme began in 1956 with the build of the first nuclear reactor in Britain. Since then we have continually updated the areas of study and degree of specialisation to reflect the increasing sophistication of the field. At the same time, we have maintained the overall breadth of the course because we feel this allows new entrants to the field to gain a perspective that will be of continuous help in their future careers. This programme is also available as a 2-year part-time course.
The taught element consists of 180 credits. You will study 120 credits of taught modules and also undertake a 60-credit research project. This project may be conducted at the University, but more frequently in recent years, we have arranged for projects to be undertaken within the industry, giving students an opportunity for direct interaction and enhancing their employment prospects.
Why study Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors Masters at Birmingham?
- Studentships are sponsored by the UK nuclear industry, providing excellent and effective entry routes into careers in this stimulating field for physicists, mathematicians, metallurgists and engineers
- Expand your horizons with visits to a variety of nuclear establishments throughout the academic year visits are made to a variety of nuclear establishments
- Spend one day at a training reactor where the reactor operators are trained
This course consists of 180 credits. You will study all of the core modules below which comprise 120 credits and undertake a 60-credit research project.
- General Nuclear Power Technology - 20 credits
- Nuclear Instrumentation, Radiation Protection, Reactor Systems and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle - 20 credits
- Radiation Transport, Materials Science and Reactor Control - 20 credits
- Reactor Engineering, Reactor Systems and Non-Destructive Evaluation - 20 credits
- Practical Skills for Reactor Physics A - 20 credits
- Practical Skills for Reactor Physics B - 20 credits
- Research Project – 60 credits (Covering project work and thesis)
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
Scholarships and Funding
Postgraduate Loans (PGL) for Masters students
UK and EU students (with settled or pre-settled status) looking to pursue a Master's programme in the UK can apply for a non-means-tested loan from the British government via the Student Loans Company (SLC).
The loan will be paid directly to you, into a UK bank account. It is intended to provide a contribution towards the costs of Masters study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs is at your own discretion.
We offer a range of postgraduate scholarships for taught programmes and research opportunities to ensure the very best talent is nurtured and supported at the postgraduate level.
Program Tuition Fee
This programme is a response to the current skills shortage in this area and trains high-quality graduates for the nuclear industry. This is a growing sector and the demand for graduates will increase resulting in excellent potential or rewarding careers. The research element of the programme also equips our graduates to go on to further study for a PhD.
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