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Nuclear Science and Engineering MSc

Course Description

This MSc delivers a solid grounding in the science and engineering principles that underpin the global nuclear industry. Throughout the programme you will benefit from a connection, via the South West Nuclear Hub, to the University of Bristol’s UK-leading industrial research. This environment of collaboration with key industrial partners enriches your learning experience and exposes you to the scientific and engineering challenges facing nuclear energy today.

The programme offers you the opportunity to gain skills and experience highly sought after by the nuclear industry. As you learn about five key themes of nuclear science and engineering from experts in the field you will develop skills in problem-solving, team-building, communication and scientific writing.

During the challenge project element of the programme you will join a multi-disciplinary team in approaching a genuine industry problem. The challenge is set by industry partners, who will act as your industrial supervisors, provide guidance on your work and attend your final presentation. Previous industry partners include Sellafield, EDF Energy and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

This area of scientific study demands state-of-the-art facilities, and the programme gives you access to a suite of multi-million pound, cutting-edge analytical equipment, supported by dedicated technicians. Facilities include profiling systems, x-ray microscopes, a 200-acre site focused on robotics and device sensor development, and the largest earthquake simulator in the UK.

Programme structure

The five key themes that run through the programme are: the nuclear cycle; nuclear reactor materials and design; nuclear structural integrity; nuclear professionalism and nuclear systems; infrastructure, hazards and risk.

Teaching consists of core lecture-based units in science and engineering:
-Fundamentals of Nuclear Science
-Nuclear Reactor Engineering
-Nuclear Material Behaviour
-Nuclear Reactor Physics
-Nuclear Fuel Cycle

The Research Skills and Group Project units help develop the skills needed to work in this area, including industry-focused workshops, an industry-set challenge and a major individual research project, for which the practical work takes place over the summer.


Graduates will leave equipped with a familiarity with the nuclear industry and its unique safety culture, and they will be prepared to enter the industry or continue towards further research in academia.

Visit the Nuclear Science and Engineering MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in engineering, physics or a related subject. Alternative relevant professional experience or qualifications may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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