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MSc Programmes in Nuclear Physics

University of Birmingham: School of Physics and Astronomy
Birmingham, UK
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2 Sep 2024

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MSc Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors and MSc Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management

This one year MSc programme is open to graduates of any physical science, engineering or mathematical discipline wishing to go into the nuclear industry. Integrated labs and tutorials each week bring together a wide range of topics and provide examples and guidance in person.

  • Summer project usually taken in industry.
  • Sponsored by companies within the UK nuclear industry.
  • Funding available.
  • Run continuously since 1956, it is by far the UK's longest running nuclear power degree.
  • Study Nuclear Physics, Reactor Materials, Radiation Science, Thermal Hydraulics, Radio Chemistry and more...

MSc Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management

This one year multidisciplinary MSc programme is for graduates from a science-based background, wishing to go into the nuclear industry. It covers a range of the skills required to work in the nuclear industry and is co-taught with the academic staff from the Schools of Geography, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Chemistry.

  • Industrial advisory board of nuclear companies, including the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).
  • Funding available.
  • Developed to meet the growing UK and worldwide need for Nuclear Decommissioning.
  • Study Decommissioning, Radiation Protection, Fuel Cycle, Waste Management, Financial Appraisal and more...


Univ. Birmingham profile imageThe University of Birmingham has been challenging and developing great minds for more than a century. Characterized by a tradition of innovation, research at the university has broken new ground, pushed forward the boundaries of knowledge and made an impact on peoples’ lives. We continue this tradition today and have ambitions for a future that will embed our work and recognition of the Birmingham name on the international stage.

Why study with us
The University of Birmingham has by far the longest-running pedigree of any UK university in teaching nuclear power degree courses. Our physics and technology of nuclear reactors MSc (PTNR) began in 1956, the same year as the world’s first commercial nuclear power station, and continues to run to this day. Our MSc in nuclear decommissioning and waste management (NDAWM) is the only decommissioning-focused degree course in the UK. Birmingham also runs the biggest nuclear-engineering undergraduate programme in the UK.

Training and development
Our nuclear programmes have been refined over many years, and stem back to the early pioneers in the field when Otto Frisch (one of the discoverers of fission) and Sir Rudolph Peierls (one of the 20th century’s great theoretical physicists) wrote their Frisch–Peierls Memorandum at Birmingham. We have a steering group of major UK nuclear-industry companies that provide funding to the MSc courses and guidance on course content and development. They also heavily recruit from us.

Graduate schemes
Our MSc courses are postgraduate programmes intended for graduates from most engineering and physical sciences disciplines.

What we are looking for
Graduates who have a good first- or second-class degree (or equivalent) in physics or a related subject. 2.2 degrees can be considered on a case-by-case basis. PhD possibilities may also exist if the student has funding.

Birmingham, UK

Number of researchers
The University of Birmingham is the fourth largest university in the UK by student enrolment, therefore comprises a significant number of researchers

Desired degree disciplines/class
Physics or a related subject, at first or 2.1 level, although a 2.2 may be considered on a case-by-case basis

Eligible to study in the UK

How to apply
Online at

Closing date
All year round

Tel +44 (0)121 414 4660

Company info
+44 (0)121 414 4660
B15 2TT

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