Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Mod 2 NTEC Programme) Short Course

Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Mod 2 NTEC Programme) Short Course

UCLan’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle module describes the nuclear fuel cycle and examines in detail, the technical, economical, safety and environmental issues involved during each stage. The module covers the entire cycle from the extraction of ore to the disposal of waste. The processes involved in reprocessing of fuel are examined and the consequences reprocessing has, in terms of reactor fuel design and waste disposal, are discussed. Each stage is described on an international scale examining global markets and capacities.

Entry and Admissions

AWARD TYPE: Short Course

LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Full time



SCHOOL: School of Engineering

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: 18 -22 November 2019

Entry Requirements:


Course Content

The key areas covered in this course include:

• Overview of the fuel cycle

• Mining and milling of uranium

• Purification and conversion to UF6

• Uranium enrichment

• Fuel fabrication

• Properties of irradiated fuel

• Irradiated fuel transport and storage

• Nuclear fuel reprocessing

• Recycling of uranium and plutonium

• Decommissioning, retrieval and disposal of nuclear waste

• Emerging fuel technologies

Learning Environment & Assessment

A post-module assignment follows the taught week, is based upon the subject matter of the direct taught element, and is undertaken at the student’s place of work or home. The assignment is gauged to require approximately 70 hours’ input by the student and is assessed and marked. It is submitted about 8 weeks after completion of the taught week.

If a module examination is incorporated, this is taken some weeks after the taught section of module.

Learning outcome & aims

On completion, students should have obtained:

• A full understanding of all the processes involved in the front- and back-ends of the once-through fuel cycle.

• An understanding of fuel reprocessing and the advantages reprocessing can provide.

• An appreciation of the safety and environmental considerations involved in the cycle.

• An overview of the nuclear fuel cycle for commercial purposes and how it has been affected by historic events.

• Knowledge of the worldwide capacities and economical markets involved in the cycle as well as an appreciation of political influence.

• Ability to perform some calculations around the economics of the fuel cycle.

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have good links of a number of nuclear employers such as Sellafield, NNL, BAe Systems Barrow, Westinghouse and ONR.

The NTEC MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Energy Institute (EI) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3).

Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

Fees information can be found on the NTEC website

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Applications should be made to:

Javad Yazdani
Email: | Tel: 01772 892685


About UCLan

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