Nuclear Engineering Science

Nuclear Engineering Science FdEng

Working already in the nuclear sector you will know the importance of nuclear to providing a safe, stable and carbon neutral energy source from power generation to submarine propulsion. You will also understand how integral engineering is to the nuclear sector and just how important engineering innovation is to the nuclear lifecycle together with effective project management to deliver not only successful decommissioning but also new nuclear power sources from small modular reactors to fusion to the thorium fuel cycle.

To develop your career we offer a comprehensive mechanical engineering based foundation degree course on a part-time basis. After covering engineering ‘basics’ in year 1 this is then combined in year 2 with either business improvement to facilitate your employer’s efficiency, or engineering industry linked projects embedded with your employer to enhance your effectiveness as a nuclear engineer delivering nuclear engineering projects.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 2 years; Part-time: 3 years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:


  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2020

  • A comprehensive mechanical engineering based foundation degree course delivered on a part-time basis.
  • The course includes  an Industry-linked Project student-led module, covering engineering project planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • UCLan has been teaching nuclear science to local employers since the 1970s.

Course Overview

Year 1 (split over two academic years)

  • ER1010 Engineering Analysis
  • ER1020 Engineering Design
  • ER1030 Engineering Science
  • ER1630 Engineering Applications

Year 2 (split over two academic years)

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

And one option from:

  • SC2123 Business Improvement Techniques
  • SC2104 Industry-linked Project


  • MP2899 Industrial Placement (48 weeks)

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

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: TBC
Part-time: TBC
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 UCAS Points including Maths and Physics at C or STEM at C.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. 

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit (including Maths units)
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction (including Maths units)
Pass Access Course: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104-112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects & HL5 in required subject.
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

International Students

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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).

Further Information

Module options on the FdEng Nuclear Engineering Science include either the Business Improvement Techniques module which focusses on business management and it’s evaluation and improvement or the Industry-linked Project module.  The Industry-linked Project module is student-led, covering engineering project planning, implementation and evaluation.  Alternatively the 48 week Industrial Placement may be undertaken.

The MP2899 Industrial Placement module is a 48 week placement with a nuclear company which is assessed by portfolio and contributes to the course outcomes. You are responsible for identifying and winning the placement, and the University supports this via links to industry and training in application and interview skills.  Should you be already employed with a nuclear company then the University will work with your employer to enable a suitable placement project.

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.

Course Enquiries

Telephone us: +44(0)1772 892400
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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.