Nuclear Engineering Science

Nuclear Engineering Science BEng (Hons)

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.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 3 years (4 years with industrial placement year ); Part-time: 6 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BEng (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2020

  • Industry Links - UCLan has developed strong relationships with the nuclear industry and supply chain, including Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow, Westinghouse, Atkins, AMEC and Studsvik.
  • The course is augmented by industry guest lectures and site visits (subject to facility security clearance).
  • UCLan has been teaching nuclear science to local employers since the 1970s.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • ER1010 Engineering Analysis
  • ER1020 Engineering Design
  • ER1030 Engineering Science
  • ER1600 Nuclear Science 1

Year 2

  • BN2507 CE Design and Computer Aided Design
  • MP2576 Thermo-fluids
  • MP2721 Operations Management A
  • MP2784 Mechanics, Kinematics and Materials
  • SC2153 Further Engineering Mathematics and Simulation
  • SC2507 Nuclear Science 2

For Sandwich award option:

  • Industrial Placement Year

Year 3

  • MP3731 Engineering Design
  • SC3300 Management of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • SC3301 Nuclear Structures
  • SC3302 Nuclear Technologies
  • SC3303 Nuclear Dissertation

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

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:

  • Scottish Certificate of Education Higher Grade
  • Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Grade
  • International Baccalaureate
  • BTEC National Diploma (D,M,M, and including suitable maths units at merit level)
  • Access to HE Diploma

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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Further Information

Industry Links

UCLan has developed strong relationships with the nuclear industry and supply chain, including Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow, Westinghouse, Atkins, AMEC and Studsvik.

The University of Central Lancashire has been teaching nuclear science to local employers since the 1970s. The course teaching team has jointly circa 80 years’ experience of working within the UK nuclear industries.  The course is augmented by industry guest lectures and site visits (subject to facility security clearance).


This course offers an optional Industrial Placement which comes between the second and third years and is highly recommended. This 48 week placement with a nuclear company is assessed by portfolio and contributes to the course outcomes. You are responsible for identifying and winning the placement, but the University supports this via links to industry and training in application and interview skills.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during your placement is evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs. We will support you in preparation for this with placement seminars during the second year.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including written coursework and examination or presentations.

The main teaching staff are:

  • Alison Robinson- course leader and senior lecturer specialising in nuclear waste management including geological disposal,
  • Dr Javad Yazdani- course leader for MSc Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards and UCLan NTEC lead, specialising in nuclear engineering and cybersecurity,
  • Dr Sandeep Kadam- lecturer/ researcher specialising in nuclear waste encapsulation,
  • Dr Parthiv Kavi- lecturer/ researcher specialising in nuclear chemistry,
  • Dr Jonathan Francis- Head of John Tyndall Institute for Nuclear Research, specialising in nuclear engineering.

The course is supported by nuclear research via UCLan Nuclear which incorporates the John Tyndall Institute for Nuclear Research.

UCLan is a member of the Nuclear Education Technology Consortium (NTEC) led by the University of Manchester where UCLan provides modules on nuclear decommissioning, waste and environmental management and the nuclear fuel cycle.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Engineering

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

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.