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MSc - Radiation and Environmental Protection


University of Surrey Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

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

About the course

Nuclear science has a wealth of applications, but with its use comes a high level of environmental responsibility.

Established in 1972, our MSc in Radiation and Environmental Protection is one of the UK’s longest-running courses in the field of nuclear science and its applications. 

Our course is taught by a combination of inspirational nuclear physics academics and pioneering experts from the UK’s radiological protection and nuclear industries.

What you will study

This course will give you a thorough understanding of the radiation and environmental protection aspects of nuclear physics.

This includes in-depth knowledge of radiation protection, showing you how the technical and organisational procedures of the discipline may be applied to the broader concept of environmental protection.

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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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Sakchai Buppaungkul

"Thanks to the additional knowledge I gained on the Masters programme, I have secured a promotion to the position of Radiation Physicist."

"Since completing my MSc in Radiation and Environmental Protection at Surrey, I have returned to work at the Bureau of Radiation and Medical Devices in Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, where I worked previously. Thanks to the additional knowledge I gained on the Masters programme, I have secured a promotion to the higher position of Radiation Physicist.

I chose to come to Surrey because it is well-known in Thailand and highly ranked in the UK university league tables, as well as being close to London.

For international students, it offers English Language Support programmes which are very helpful in improving your language skills and enabling you to get the most out of your course.

Another thing that attracted me to the MSc in Radiation and Environmental Protection programme in particular was that it is taught by professors who are well-known in their field.

What I enjoyed most about the course was the opportunity to conduct experiments in the radiation laboratory. These helped me to understand the theory I learned and also enabled me to develop my laboratory skills, which is very useful now in my daily work. I’m especially grateful to the laboratory staff who provided all the equipment I needed for my experimental project.

I am now applying the knowledge I gained during my MSc in my current role, which involves calibrating radiation devices such as ionization chambers and survey meters. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the radiation field, I would definitely recommend the MSc in Radiation and Environmental Protection."


Peter Bryant

"The course really helped prepare me for my future career – I apply almost every element of my MSc on a daily basis – and allowed me to make a wealth of useful contacts."

I studied for Surrey’s MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection on a part-time basis, from 2008-10 while working in the nuclear industry. The opportunity to be at the University one day, learning the theory, and at work the next, applying the knowledge I’d learned was great. This really helped to solidify my understanding of the field.

As I was working whilst doing my masters, the excellent rail connections and close proximity of the University to the station was really helpful.

I had decided to study for Surrey’s masters because, a few years before, when I’d developed a keen industry in radiation protection while on placement, everyone I talked to kept recommending it – including experienced professionals who had undertaken the course 10 or 20 years before.

One of the key selling points of the course was that lectures are delivered both by academic staff and industrial experts. Universities can often be criticised as being too academic, but within Surrey’s MSc you get the best of both worlds by learning the theory from an academic and the challenges applying the theory from an industrial perspective. The lab facilities at the University were also fantastic, and staff encouraged us to undertake a wide range of experiments related to the field.

In addition to my studies, I took an active role within Surrey’s LGBT Society, which allowed me to actively engage with a wide range of people across the University and make a variety of friends from diverse backgrounds.

My current role is with EDF Energy on the UK Nuclear New Build Programmes (Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C). I lead the areas of emergency preparedness and decommissioning across Hinkley Point C, ensuring we have adequate arrangements in the unlikely event of an incident when the station becomes operational, and ensuring that we minimise the end legacy when the plant is decommissioned. I also currently have oversight of the delivery of the environmental permits for the Sizewell C New Nuclear Build in Suffolk.



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