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University of Bristol, School of Physics

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School of Physics
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
Tyndall Avenue

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Our MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering teaches the science and engineering background to the operation of nuclear fission and fusion energy. The MSc prepares you for a career in industry or academia, combining the strengths of our science and engineering faculties with an established programme of nationally recognized industrial research. 

Why study with us
Nuclear science and engineering is an exciting area of research and industrial investment in the UK. Nuclear energy supplies ~20% of the UK’s electricity, and significant investments are underway into construction of new reactors at Hinkley Point C, with further new reactors expected. As the existing generation of gas-cooled reactors are decommissioned, and new, advanced fission and fusion reactors are designed, there is huge demand for graduates with the knowledge and skills to work in the nuclear industry. 

Training and development
Students undertake taught core units on nuclear science, nuclear reactor engineering and materials, research skills and nuclear reactor physics, and an optional unit from the Schools of Physics, Engineering or Earth sciences. Students also undertake a group project and individual research project. Practical work is undertaken over a three-month dedicated summer research placement supervized by leading academics at the university and aligned with key industrial partners.  

Graduate schemes
Graduates of the MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering have a strong track record of employment, with more than 90% of students obtaining a role in either a graduate scheme or PhD in a nuclear-related role. Past graduates have taken roles in major nuclear industry companies including EDF, NNL, Jacobs, Atkins, Sellafield, UKAEA, Mott McDonald and Frazer Nash, or PhDs and postdoctoral research at universities such as Oxford, Imperial College London, Cambridge, Liverpool and here at Bristol.   

What we are looking for
We are looking for applicants who are passionate about working in the nuclear industry and research. Applicants should have an upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in an engineering or science discipline. Applicants outside of engineering, physics or chemistry must demonstrate mathematical knowledge either with a grade C or above in A-level mathematics (or international equivalent) or three degree-level maths modules at grade 2.1 or above.

Bristol, UK

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Main areas of research
Nuclear fission, nuclear fusion, materials science, structural integrity, corrosion, materials engineering 

Desired degree disciplines/class
A minimum of a 2.1 or equivalent in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics undergraduate (BSc) degree

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
More information and applications can be found at our course website

Closing date
31 July 2024


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