Short Course

Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Mod 2 NTEC Programme)

Our Nuclear Fuel Cycle module describes the nuclear fuel cycle and examines in detail, the technical, economical, safety and environmental issues involved during each stage.


Course overview

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 outcome and 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.

Award: Short Course
Level: CPD
Delivery: Campus
Study Mode: Full time  
Campus: Preston
Start Date: Start dates are varied


This course is based in the School of Engineering and Computing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at the University of Central Lancashire on our student contract page