Nuclear engineering involves the design, construction, upgrading or maintenance and eventual decommissioning of nuclear facilities from reactors to waste treatment plants and more right across the nuclear fuel cycle.
Nuclear power offers significant advantages as a stable, effective and carbon neutral energy source from power generation to submarine propulsion. Nuclear power capacity is currently expanding with about 50 nuclear power plants under construction globally with more being planned. This means that the nuclear engineering workforce needs to grow to in order to deliver these programmes and to work on other challenges from newer efficient reactor designs such as ‘portable’ small modular reactors or the ultimate goal of nuclear fusion or safer alternatives to the standard uranium fuel cycle such as thorium.
We offer a comprehensive mechanical engineering based course combined with nuclear science aimed at graduate employment across the nuclear fuel cycle. Our graduates can expect to work in nuclear engineering and other demanding safety conscious environments both nationally and internationally.
Full-time: 3 years (4 years with industrial placement year ); Part-time: 6 years
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
Preston (Campus code: U)
For Sandwich award option:
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
The School of Engineering standard entry requirement is 112 UCAS points from A2 level subjects, including grade C in Mathematics and grade C in either Physics or other STEM subject. Students also require an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no component below 5.5) or grade C GCSE in English (or equivalent). A BTEC extended diploma (D,M,M) is considered equivalent but must include Merits in units 1 & 7.
Other acceptable qualifications that may be accepted at equivalent performance levels include:
Applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications or relevant work / life experience who can demonstrate the ability to cope with and benefit from degree-level studies are welcome. If you have not studied recently you may need to undertake a Foundation Entry programme first. The School of Engineering offers a common foundation entry course for all BEng Honours degrees.
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This course is based in the School of Engineering
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
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For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
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For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.