Department of Engineering

Detailed Curriculum

Detailed Curriculum

Course Structure

The course is designed to take 11 months, from October to August each academic year, with students taking the equivalent of ten standard (16 lectures each) taught modules plus a long research project and dissertation.

Michaelmas & Lent Terms Teaching of core nuclear energy subjects
Either (standard stream): Two to four electives from a defined range of existing technical or management modules
Or (research stream): Two to four electives from a defined range of existing technical modules (as agreed by the research supervisor);
Easter Term Long research project/dissertation May-August
Teaching methods: Lectures; seminars; supervisions; external visits; distinguished lectures; dissertation supervision
Forms of assessment: Written exam papers (at the start of the Easter Term), course work, 15000 word dissertation (completed by the end of August)

Nuclear Energy Modules

NE1*

Reactor Physics
Dr G Parks

Core physics and shielding: steady state power and shapes, depletion control elements and use of poisons, core kinetics and system control.

16 lectures NE MPhil
NE2*

Reactor Engineering & Thermal-hydraulics
Dr A White, T Roulstone

Coolant types, thermal cycles, heat transfer, thermal limits and Reactor systems, their optimisation and operating characteristics including normal operation and how to address main types of fault condition.

24 lectures NE MPhil
NE3

Materials
Professor A L Greer, other Materials staff

Fuel and reactor materials, including selection, safety and life issues; radiation behaviour and damage; structural integrity and fracture mechanics; EAC.

16 lectures NE MPhil
NE4

Fuel Cycle, Waste & Decommissioning
Dr I Farnan, R Skelton

Whole fuel cycle: mining to waste and how waste is managed, decommissioning principles.

16 lectures NE MPhil
NE5

System & Safety
Dr K Dolan, Professor S Cowley and course staff

Safety philosophies, impact on design, justification approaches, control and reliability, advanced systems including Gen IV, Thorium & Fusion.

24 lectures NE MPhil
NE6*

Nuclear Technology Policy
Dr W Nuttall

Energy studies and climate change, economics of energy, nuclear politics, proliferation and physical security.

16 lectures NE MPhil
NE7*

Nuclear Practice
Various

This module consists of a series of lectures by senior external members of the UK nuclear industry and related government bodies, giving their viewpoint and experience of important past events on the current prospects and issues that affect the sector.

8 lectures NE MPhil
NE8

Computational Reactor Modelling
Various

This module covers the basic theory and methods in computational reactor physics followed by a series of practicums with hands-on experience of using state-of-the-art computer codes used for simulation of nuclear systems.

16 lectures NE MPhil

All these modules are developed specifically for the Nuclear Energy course.  They draw on existing teaching in Nuclear Power Engineering from Part IIB of the Engineering Tripos and Nuclear Materials from Part III of the Natural Sciences Tripos.  Also, Nuclear Technology Policy makes use of some material from the Technology Policy MPhil in the Judge Business School.

Students are required to take a majority (equivalent of at least five standard modules) of the core nuclear energy material, including those marked with asterisks, which are compulsory.

Elective Modules

The following list indicates the elective modules planned to be offered in the 2012/13 session. Modules are drawn from existing courses offered within the Engineering Tripos, Natural Sciences Tripos and as part of MPhils taught by the Judge Business School.

Management

Globalisation and Big Business

MM10

JBS MPhil

Introduction to Technology Policy

TP1

JBS MPhil

Strategic valuation: uncertainty and real options in system design

TPE6/4I1

JBS MPhil

Political Economy of Technology Policy

TPE7

JBS MPhil

System Dynamics for Policy and Management

TPE8

JBS MPhil

Government Policy & Tech Development

TPE10

JBS MPhil

Project Management

TPE14

JBS MPhil

Management of Technology

4E4

Eng Tripos

International Business Economics

4E5

Eng Tripos

Accounting and Finance

4E6

Eng Tripos

Strategic Management

4E11

Eng Tripos

Technical

Particle & Nuclear Physics/Comp Physics

PNP

Nat Sci Tripos

Extraction & re-cycling

M3

Nat Sci Tripos

Steels

M21

Nat Sci Tripos

Corrosion & Protection

M15

Nat Sci Tripos

Atomistic Materials Modelling

M16

Nat Sci Tripos

Electrochemical Engineering

B4

Chem Eng Tripos

Fluid Mechanics & Environment

B5

Chem Eng Tripos

Computational Fluid Dynamics

4A2

Eng Tripos

Turbomachinery I

4A3

Eng Tripos

Electronic Sensors & Instrument

4B13

Eng Tripos

Solar Electronic Power: generation and distribution

4B14

Eng Tripos

Renewable Electrical Power

4B19

Eng Tripos

Design Methods

4C4

Eng Tripos

Design Case Studies

4C5

Eng Tripos

Random and Non-linear Vibrations

4C7

Eng Tripos

Concrete and Masonry Structures

4D7

Eng Tripos

Pre-stressed Concrete

4D8

Eng Tripos

Structural Steelwork

4D10

Eng Tripos

Plate & Shell Structures

4D17

Eng Tripos

Control System Design

4F1

Eng Tripos

Robust & Non-Linear Systems and Control

4F2

Eng Tripos

Computer Vision & Robotics

4F12

Eng Tripos

PDE & Variational Methods

4M12

Eng Tripos

Sustainable Energy

4M15

Eng Tripos

Practical Optimisation

4M17

Eng Tripos

Medical Physics 4I8 Eng Tripos

Sustainable Design & Implementation

ESD 500

ESD MPhil

Please note, occasionally modules may be unavailable.

More information about these modules can be found at:

  • Engineering Tripos (modules are grouped, for example 4D7 would be found under Group D: Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering).  Clicking on the title of the module will bring up a syllabus.
  • JBS MPhil
  • Natural Sciences Tripos: Materials and Physics