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Nuclear Engineering

Course Description

Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including:

- power production
- nuclear fuel production
- radioelement production
- engineering
- accelerator design and fabrication
- waste management
- safety management
- nuclear medicine
- research.

The Belgian Nuclear Higher Education Network (BNEN) combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, Ghent University, VUB, UCL, ULG and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre http://www.sckcen.be/nl SCK-CEN.

This is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.


The aim of the programme is to deliver experts in the field of nuclear energy generation, the construction of facilities for appropriate use and the follow-up of safety procedures concerning nuclear processes.

At the end of the programme the students will have acquired :
- understanding of nuclear processes (physics);
- understanding of the procedures and techniques necessary to control nuclear processes (hydraulics, reactor technology, operation and controls management);
- understanding of safety and reliability procedures;
- understanding of nuclear waste treatment and safety;
- the capacity to create and maintain structures to control nuclear processes;
- the capacity to take part in industrial processes related to the generation of nuclear energy;
- communicative capacities;
- the capacity to take part in further research concerning this topic.

Career paths
Upon completion of the Master's programme in Nuclear Engineering, students will have acquired:
- a thorough understanding of nuclear physical processes;
- a comprehensive knowledge of the procedures and techniques necessary to control nuclear processes;
- an in-depth knowledge of nuclear safety, reliability procedures and nuclear waste treatment;
- the competence to design and maintain structures to control nuclear processes;
- communicative skills in the field of nuclear technology and the capability to participate in research concerning the above mentioned topics.

Graduates possess the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out duties at a high level of responsibility in:
- nuclear power plants
- nuclear research reactors
- nuclear regulatory organisations
- nuclear engineering firms
- nuclear fuel fabrication
- nuclear waste treatment
- radio-isotope production.

In addition, the degree itself is an important part of the legal qualifications necessary to become a safety professional in a major nuclear installation.

Entry Requirements


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