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Nuclear Materials Engineering and Science

Home to the world-leading research centre, NucleUS Immobilsation Science Laboratory, the Department is recognised as a centre of excellence for the study of waste immobilisation and the development of new materials for future reactors.

You’ll be taught by staff with international reputations in their field, giving you an excellent grounding in materials science which can be applied to nuclear science and engineering, and across the whole nuclear fuel cycle.

Our one year postgraduate taught courses provide an innovative programme of study in which students are challenged to achieve their best; developing specialist skills and knowledge sought after by employers, as well as establishing an ideal background for PhD research.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in materials, metallurgy, chemistry, physics or a related engineering subject from an approved institution. A good honours degree in dentistry or medicine is also acceptable.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering Studies
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal
  • Materials for Nuclear Systems
  • Science of Materials
  • Materials Processing and Characterisation
  • Materials Selection, Properties and Applications
  • Technical Skills Development
  • Research project in the area of your choice

Examples of optional modules

  • Glasses and Cements
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing – Part 1

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc (Eng) Full-time £ 10,970 (Whole course) Home/EU 1 Years
MSc (Eng) Full-time £ 20,470 (Whole course) International 1 Years

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