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Full time September MSc 1 year FT

About the course

Course description

Accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), The Energy Institute (EI), The Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IoM3) and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)

This course is run in partnership with fellow members of the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (Sheffield is one of the lead partners, along with Manchester and Liverpool) and gives you access to more than 90 per cent of the UK’s academic expertise in nuclear waste immobilisation, decommissioning and clean-up. 

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Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in materials, a physical science (chemistry or physics) or a related engineering subject.

English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.


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Student Profile(s)

Claudia Burgos Organista

Why did you choose your course?
I worked in the nuclear industry. I would like to change my career into the management of nuclear projects and for that I feel that I need a better understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying nuclear energy. I am also very interested in the fields of nuclear decommissioning and waste management.

What have you enjoyed most about your course?
I have found very interesting the opportunity we have to take classes in different universities, one of them being Sheffield. We get to benefit from the strengths of many universities which is a real plus. This NTEC program caters not only to new graduates but also to experienced professionals and that is another value added. We have also had the opportunity to go on site visits which provides a better understanding of the industry and the applications of what we have learned to real life. One more thing and perhaps one of the most important ones is that I get to do some experimental work in the laboratory.

What do you think about Sheffield as a city?
I think that Sheffield is a city with lots of character, charming and very interesting. It is small but it has many places to explore. It offers a good balance of culture, outdoors and entertainment. Being so close to the Peak District is a great plus for those who love nature. Sheffield is well located, very well connected.

Have you got any particular extra-curricular achievements you’d like to highlight?
I took part in the Big Walk 2018, a walking challenge of 26 miles through the Peak District aimed at raising funds for the purchase of the University of Sheffield’s first MRI-PE scanner. This device will be used in research of diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer, and Parkinson.

What would you say to students if they are considering studying Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield?
I would say do it without hesitation if that field is of interest to you and you have the means. The University of Sheffield is leading the field of materials science in England and perhaps in the world. The breadth of knowledge of the academics here combined with the facilities guarantees a very rewarding experience. A degree from Sheffield will most probably lead to a job and career progression but most importantly to invaluable learning for life overall.

Sum Sum Chan

I graduated with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015, and before studying the MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology.

So why did I choose to study Nuclear Science and Technology?

Nuclear power stations were introduced approximately 60 years ago and they are now currently contributing around 11% of the world’s electricity. More than one hundred nuclear power stations are to planned to be built worldwide in the foreseeable future and we are hoping to switch our electricity generation from burning coal, gas, oil to something relatively more environmental friendly such as nuclear energy. Although nuclear waste is rather toxic and radioactive, is usually stored in boreholes or well isolated locations, in contrast to the consuming and combusting of fossil fuels that discharge toxic and greenhouse gases into the environment which leads to countless cancer and lung diseases.

Nuclear technology developments since 1970 have introduced some innovations but most of the existing reactors used worldwide are not recent creations but slightly out of date, and their thermal efficiencies might not meet what we expect from our current predictions on paper.

The NTEC course offers a very flexible choice of modules, and depending on personal preferences, students are able to select the best modules that they are attracted to.

We are required to attend week long courses in a number of associated universities and self-study for an average of 3 weeks, getting a flavour of what is like being a research student.

Studying with cohorts from other universities or industrial placed students, allows one to obtain a variety of first-hand information rapidly about the current state in the nuclear energy sector, facilitating one’s future decisions for academic or industrial careers.

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