Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards PGDip

Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards PGDip

School of Engineering


Post- graduate





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

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    Full-time: One Year

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    Campus, Full-time

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Why study this programme?

The Postgraduate Certificate in Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards is a unique course offering employees already working within the nuclear sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible course to fit in around their work patterns. UCLan also encourages people from the general engineering sector to undertake this postgraduate course.

This course develops an awareness of the planning and regulations related to nuclear safety and security projects. You will gain an understanding of theories and practical skills necessary to be responsible for the design, analysis and evaluation of Nuclear Safety and Security systems.

Entry Requirements

  • Honours degree in relevant scientific, engineering and technology subjects related to nuclear industry 2.2 or above.
  • Overseas equivalent qualifications and English IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English in not the first language.
  • Students with qualifications such as HND with relevant industrial/engineering experience are welcome.

Programme at a Glance

  • Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Fuel Cycle (SC4101) 20 credits
  • Nuclear Law, and Nuclear Safety Regulation [o] (SC4102) 20 credits
  • The Delivery of Nuclear Safety [o] (SC4103) 20 credits

  • Nuclear Law, and Nuclear Security and Safeguards Regulation (SC4104) 20 credits
  • The Delivery of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4105) 20 credits
  • Leadership Strategies and Skills in a Nuclear Environment (SC4108) 20 credits
  • Further Information

    The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry. 

    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. It is hoped that PG Dip Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards will enhance your career potential, personal and professional effectiveness and performance in employment, and assist you in making a positive and sustained contribution to your wider community. 

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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.

    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 nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd.

    Learning Environment and Assessment

    A variety of assessments including laboratory and field visit reports, project reports and presentations to test the ability and knowledge in specific nuclear safety and security projects. The programme offers modular delivery and will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Six modules will be delivered by blended methodology to achieve award with two optional modules in both safety-related and security-related elements. Upon completion the student will receive 120 credits.