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PGCert Nuclear Security and Safeguards


Course Description

The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd. As a result, the course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

Modules include:

Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology (SC4101) 20 credits
The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4104) 20 credits
The Delivery of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (o) (SC4105) 20 credits
Decommissioning and Retrieval Conditioning and Storage of Radioactive Waste (o) (SC4106) 20 credits

Involves a variety of assessments including laboratory and field visit reports, and project reports and presentations to test the ability and knowledge in specific nuclear security projects. The programme offers modular delivery and will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Four modules available are delivered by blended methodology; only three are required for the award, Upon completion the student will receive 60 credits.

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry.

Students entering this course are primarily from nuclear-related industries, in which case the programme offers a professional career development route and provides opportunities for professionals with experience of the nuclear safety and security industry to place this expertise in an academic context. In the case of non-nuclear-related students, it is expected that students will find a career within the nuclear Industry.

Visit the PGCert Nuclear Security and Safeguards page on the University of Central Lancashire website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2.2 in a recognised British first degree or its equivalent

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