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MSc - Nuclear Science and Applications

University of Surrey    Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Full time & Part time October MSc Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

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Why choose this course

How can atomic nuclei provide us with energy, help us monitor the environment, benefit medicine and more? 

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Physics, Radiography or Radiological Science, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

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Student Profile(s)

Iain Lee

“The tutors are always happy to help if you have questions via email or after class, while students are encouraged to innovate and be creative during assessments and conduct research themselves under guidance.”

Choosing Surrey
I really liked the campus when I visited, and the students and staff were friendly. I felt very welcomed to the Department of Physics. Being a medium-sized university, the balance between students and staff seemed about right, too.

The student ambassadors I talked to on the applicant day gave me a good idea of what to expect here. The location in the south of England was ideal for me, as well.

I attended an open day to get a feel of the university, and an applicant day to understand the course and working environment.

My course
I’m studying an MSc in Nuclear Science and Applications. I completed a widening participation program that focused on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects when I was 17. Physics was the most interesting and it had the widest scope of any discipline. I learnt more about nuclear fusion and I decided that was the path I wanted to pursue.

The course is supportive of anyone who wants to learn about nuclear physics. All students are brought up to speed in the first semester, learning key skills and concepts to solidify their understanding. The second semester tests these skills and you learn more about the applications, such as how you measure radioactivity, the lessons we’ve learnt from the past and the international safety precautions taken to prevent accidents. The learning is compact and assignments are set between the learning periods.

I enjoyed getting a well-rounded education on nuclear science. This year, there was a visit to the National Physical Laboratory to learn from current researchers.

The tutors are always happy to help and encourage students to innovate and be creative during assessments and conduct research themselves under guidance.

Life at Surrey
I prefer being outside of cities and the greenery is plentiful in this area, which helps to pick up your mood if research becomes demanding.

There are plenty of things to do when considering the variety of events at the Students’ Union and in Guildford, and there are many events in London, which is only 40 minutes away by train.


If you are a fully self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you may be eligible for a 20 per cent discount on our taught postgraduate masters programme fees.

The discount applies to:

September/October 2021 entrants
February 2021 entrants
February 2022 entrants. Note: if applicable and Masters programmes are running with a February intake for the 2021/22 academic year.

This scheme is only open to 2021 postgraduate taught entry students who are not in receipt of any external sponsorship.

Value of Scholarship(s)

20% tuition fee discount


Self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on

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Surrey is pleased to announce that we will be running the Surrey International Masters Scholarship for new masters students coming to Surrey in 2022 from seven different countries. Awards of £2,500 are available to all applicants holding a Surrey offer to study a full-time masters programme in February 2022, (except the Surrey MBA). All successful offer holders will be awarded a tuition fee discount of £2,500 on the first-year fees

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In order to be eligible, applicants must:
Be domiciled in India, Thailand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey, Vietnam or Ghana.
Hold an offer for a full-time masters programme (except MBA).
Meet all the conditions of your offer.
Be an overseas fee-paying student (this scholarship is not available for students eligible for UK fees).
Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship. You may, however, also be in receipt of the Surrey alumni discount).
Be registering on the first year of a full-time Masters programme with a February 2022 start date.

Application Procedure

There is no formal application for this scholarship. All offer holders will be considered against the stated criteria and, if successful, the award will be paid in the form of a tuition fee discount. This discount will not appear on your offer letter, but will be applied to your CAS letter.

For programmes of more than one year the award is payable for the first year of study only.

Final decisions on the eligibility of applicants and allocation of scholarships will be made by the University of Surrey’s International Student Recruitment Office.

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