Department of Engineering

Objectives and Overview

Objectives and Overview

The MPhil in Nuclear Energy has been designed for top engineers and scientists with some experience post degree, not necessarily in the nuclear industry, or new graduates who want to equip themselves with the knowledge and the skills to build a career in nuclear energy.

The course is part of the University of Cambridge's Strategic Energy Initiative in response to the prospect of a nuclear renaissance in the UK and around the world. The aim is to provide a masters-level degree course in Nuclear Energy which will combined nuclear science and technology topics with business, management and policy teaching.

Course Overview

The course will provide:

  • knowledge and understanding of nuclear technology, policy and allied business
  • intellectual skills to engage with the issues that the development and deployment of nuclear energy poses
  • transferable skills to work and progress in teams within and across the nuclear sector

The Masters coursework and a research project with a dissertation includes:

  • Five core technology teaching modules:
  1. Reactor Physics
  2. Reactor Engineering & Thermal-hydraulics
  3. Fuel Cycle, Waste & Decommissioning
  4. Nuclear Fuels & Materials
  5. Advanced Systems & safety
  • Nuclear Technology Policy teaching delivered by the Judge Business School
  • Supporting business management courses and seminars, plus a broad range of elective technical courses
  • Long research project and dissertation
  • Engagement with industry and external research through projects/dissertation, visits and use of simulators, sponsorship
  • Use of Cambridge's international and external research links with Battelle NW, MIT, KKK, CEA and NNL
  • An option of continuing research training by entering a follow-on PhD programme

The course will be taught by staff from the Department of Engineering, the School of Physical Sciences and the Judge Business School. These will be supplemented by leading practitioners, each with experience of industry and national laboratories, including: Rolls-Royce, TWI, UKAEA, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, AWE & Atkins - to provide specialist knowledge and to give context for the science, technology and business teaching of academic staff.