UCLan’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle module describes the nuclear fuel cycle and examines in detail, the technical, economical, safety and environmental issues involved during each stage. The module covers the entire cycle from the extraction of ore to the disposal of waste. The processes involved in reprocessing of fuel are examined and the consequences reprocessing has, in terms of reactor fuel design and waste disposal, are discussed. Each stage is described on an international scale examining global markets and capacities.
Entry and Admissions
Short Course / CPD
No Partner College
The key areas covered in this course include:
• Overview of the fuel cycle
• Mining and milling of uranium
• Purification and conversion to UF6
• Uranium enrichment
• Fuel fabrication
• Properties of irradiated fuel
• Irradiated fuel transport and storage
• Nuclear fuel reprocessing
• Recycling of uranium and plutonium
• Decommissioning, retrieval and disposal of nuclear waste
• Emerging fuel technologies
Learning Environment & Assessment:
A post-module assignment follows the taught week, is based upon the subject matter of the direct taught element, and is undertaken at the student’s place of work or home. The assignment is gauged to require approximately 70 hours’ input by the student and is assessed and marked. It is submitted about 8 weeks after completion of the taught week.
If a module examination is incorporated, this is taken some weeks after the taught section of module.
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Learning outcome & aims
On completion, students should have obtained:
• A full understanding of all the processes involved in the front- and back-ends of the once-through fuel cycle.
• An understanding of fuel reprocessing and the advantages reprocessing can provide.
• An appreciation of the safety and environmental considerations involved in the cycle.
• An overview of the nuclear fuel cycle for commercial purposes and how it has been affected by historic events.
• Knowledge of the worldwide capacities and economical markets involved in the cycle as well as an appreciation of political influence.
• Ability to perform some calculations around the economics of the fuel cycle.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have good links of a number of nuclear employers such as Sellafield, NNL, BAe Systems Barrow, Westinghouse and ONR.
The NTEC MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Energy Institute (EI) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).
Work experience and international opportunities
At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.
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How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
Applications should be made to:
Alison Jane Russell Robinson AJRRobinson@uclan.ac.uk 01772 893520