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There is a substantial continuing need for specialist engineers to service the nuclear industry for the operation and decommissioning of the existing reactors, and a growing worldwide programme of building new reactors. Against this background, The University of Manchester is offering a postgraduate programme in Nuclear Science & Technology to help supply the industry with expertise level to help fill the predicted skills gap.

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Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

Launched in 2009, the HEA's annual PTES is the only sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience.

The survey focuses on students' experiences regarding

  • Teaching and learning
  • Engagement
  • Assessment and Feedback
  • Organisation and Management
  • Resources and Services
  • Skills Development

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud that 96% of students on the MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology are satisfied overall with the course.

Coursework and assessment

Assessment is by written examination, assignment and end of year project/dissertation.

Course unit details

This modular programme is available on either a full-time or part-time basis. The mode of study can be either direct taught, distance learning, or a combination of both.

It addresses a broad range of disciplines in Nuclear Science & Technology it is particularly concerned with ongoing liabilities and the nuclear legacy and is designed to assist companies and individuals in meeting the challenge of this important industry.

The part-time programme option offers the opportunity for employees to gain a postgraduate qualification whilst remaining in full-time employment.

Part-time MSc taken over 3 years:

Year 1:  4 modules (Successful completion attains Postgraduate Certificate)

Year 2:  4 modules (Successful completion attains Postgraduate Diploma)

Year 3:  Project & Dissertation (Successful completion attains MSc)

Part-time MSc taken over 2 years:

8 modules are taken over the two year period with the project and dissertation also being completed in the second year.

Full-time MSc taken over 1 year:

8 modules are taken over a period of approximately 9 months. The project and dissertation then follows.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: 

Career opportunities

The aim of this programme is to give graduates and professionals a firm grounding in Nuclear Science & Technology in order to facilitate their advancement in this substantial industry.

Visit the Nuclear Science & Technology (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Manchester website for more details!




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