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City, University of London

Civil Engineering Structures (Nuclear Power Plants)

This course is for students interested in the structural aspects of nuclear power plants and the broader field of nuclear energy.
In this programme, you will study how to design, evaluate, and analyse structural systems, with a special focus on Nuclear Power Plants. You will learn all the principles used for the design of buildings, bridges, special structures and in particular nuclear containment structures.

The emphasis on nuclear structures is a response to the skill shortage reported by employers working in this sector. The UK has recently committed to a long-term nuclear new-build programme that is forecast to generate more than 40,000 jobs, yet no specialised training is available in this area. The programme will therefore provide you with a degree that distinguishes you in the market.

Entry requirements

MSc: Applicants should have a minimum lower second class degree or equivalent overseas qualification in Civil, Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering.

Other suitable qualifications:
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City, University of London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Course modules

Core modules:
Introduction to Nuclear Energy;
Advanced Analysis and Stability of Structures;
Dynamics of Structures;
Design of Concrete Structures;
Design of Steel and Composite Structures;
Design of Nuclear Structures and Foundations;
Finite Element Methods;
Research Skills;

Elective modules:
Earthquake Analysis of Structures;
Analysis of Steel and Concrete Structures for Blast and Fire Exposure.

Assessment methods

Assessment of theoretical modules is based on a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are shared between the January and April/May examination periods. Design oriented modules are normally assessed by coursework only, where students work both in groups and individually on challenging projects that are varied each year. For the MSc dissertation, students are required to attend a viva following submission of the final report.

In order to pass your Programme, you should complete successfully or be exempted from the relevant modules and assessments and will therefore acquire the required number of credits.

The Pass mark for each module is 50%. You need to attain a 50% mark for all assessment components.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 16,500 (Whole course) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 9,000 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 1 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 8,250 (Year 1) International 2 2 Years
MSc Part-time September 2018 4,500 (Year 1) Home/EU 2 2 Years

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