Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards  MSc

Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards MSc

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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  • Duration:

    Full-time: One year

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  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

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  • Start Date:

    September 2020

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Why study this programme?

This postgraduate course will develop an awareness of the planning and regulations related to Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards projects. The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond. As a result, the MSc Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards course has been developed directly in line with recent Government plans for higher education institutions to work closely with niche industries; developing customised programmes and building relationships with employers.

The course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.


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 not at degree level but having relevant industry experience are welcome to apply.

Overseas equivalent qualifications together with an English Language qualification at IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent) if English is not your first language, are required.

Programme at a Glance

  • Nuclear Energy and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle (SC4101) 20 credits
  • Nuclear Law, and Nuclear Safety Regulation (SC4102) 20 credits
  • The Delivery of Nuclear Safety (SC4103) 20 credits
  • Nuclear Law, and Nuclear Security and Safeguards Regulation (SC4104) 20 credits

  • The Delivery of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4105) 20 credits
  • Nuclear-Related Postgraduate Dissertation (SC4112) 40 credits
  • Research Methodology and Project Managment (SC4107) 20 credits
  • Leadership Strategies and Skills in Nuclear Related Environment (SC4108) 20 credits
  • Further Information

    The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It will include a visit to a nuclear reactor or a nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, subject to obtaining security clearance from the nuclear regulator. 

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    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)

    Further information:

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

    UK Government Postgraduate Loans Scheme

    If you're thinking of studying a master's or doctoral degree you could be eligible for a loan from the Government to help you study.

    For additional help with financing your studies, UCLan offers a range of Postgraduate scholarships, studentships, bursaries and the Alumni loyalty discount.

    View 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.

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

    The National Skills Academy Nuclear (NSAN)

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    A variety of assessments including field visit reports, group project presentations, master’s project report and presentation. The programme offers modular delivery allowing the student to complete a full module in one week. The course will include lectures, seminars and may include a visit to a nuclear site. Six modules will be delivered by blended methodology. The final year thesis will be equivalent to three modules. Upon completion the student will receive 180 credits.