Nuclear Science and Technology MSc

Nuclear Science and Technology MSc

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, UK.

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: one year; Part-time: two years

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    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

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  • Start Date:

    September 2020

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Why study this programme?

Nuclear power offers significant advantages as a stable, effective and carbon neutral energy source. Nuclear power capacity is currently expanding with about 50 nuclear power plants under construction globally with more being planned.  Plant upgrades are also increasing further capacity for energy generation and plant lifetime extension programmes are additionally maintaining current capacity. There is therefore a need to expand the nuclear workforce in order to deliver these programmes and to work on other challenges such as 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 (for example thorium). Modern day challenges such as cybersecurity together with safe and effective radioactive waste disposal also create a demand for a competent workforce able to deliver on these challenges.

We offer a comprehensive scientific and technical course aimed at graduate employment across the nuclear fuel cycle. Commencing with nuclear ‘basics’ students are then able to specialise in areas from cybersecurity, reactor technologies to fuel or waste management. This MSc may be subject to change as a result of ongoing improvement or quality processes. Please note that not all optional modules will be available in any given year.

Entry Requirements

For UK/EU students: an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant scientific, engineering or technology subject related to a role in the nuclear industry is required.

Students with other related qualifications at graduate level are welcome to apply: these will be judged on an individual basis and may be required to attend for interview.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate competence in the language.  The normal minimum standard required is IELTS 6.5 or above, with no component less than 6.

Programme at a Glance

  • SC4101 Nuclear Energy and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • SC4107 Research Methodologies and Project Management
  • SC4112 Nuclear-related Postgraduate Dissertation

Five other modules chosen from:

  • SC4108 Leadership Strategies and Management Skills in a Nuclear Environment
  • SC4120 Cybersecurity and Civil Nuclear Vulnerability
  • SC4121 Nuclear Challenges and Emergent Technologies
  • SC4122 Nuclear Fuel Management
  • SC4123 Nuclear Law and Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards Regulation
  • SC4124 Nuclear Waste Management
  • SC4125 Reactor Technologies 

Further Information

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including written coursework and examination or presentations or debates (dependant on module selection).

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.


“Energy is essential for sustainable economic growth and improved human welfare. Nuclear energy provides access to clean, reliable and affordable energy, mitigating the negative impacts of climate change. It is a significant part of the world energy mix and its use is expected to grow in the coming decades.”

International Atomic Energy Agency, September 2018 

“The UK needs 7000 skilled people to join its nuclear sector every year in order to reach a projected peak demand of 100,600 full-time equivalent workers in 2021”

World Nuclear News, December 2018

How to Apply

Our Postgraduate section has more information around applying including visiting UCLan and the support available.

If you want to continue and apply now, you can apply for many of the postgraduate UCLan courses using our Online Application System.

For other postgraduate courses you can apply directly to UCLan by downloading a Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf 190KB) please also see our Postgraduate Application Guidance Notes (.pdf 158KB).


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.


Apply now or see further information about postgraduate study and research. International students should visit our international pages.

Contact Us

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400


Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £6,900 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

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).


The course is intended to equip new entrants to the nuclear industries with an appropriate scientific and technical background enabling their employment throughout the nuclear fuel cycle, both nationally and internationally.  Students can focus their module choices upon specific areas of expertise such as fuel management, reactor technologies, waste management, or cybersecurity; modules on nuclear safety regulation are also offered as part of this course.

PhD opportunities are available subject to funding availability.


Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC)

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During your studies at the UCLan Preston campus you’ll benefit from our new £35 million Engineering Innovation Centre (EIC).

Located within one of the most intense engineering and manufacturing areas in the UK, the EIC provides an integrated space for teaching and research with direct links to industry enabling you to work on live, real-world projects with commercial partners in state-of-the-art facilities. Find out more.