Second supplementary memorandum by the
Nuclear Industry Association
UNIVERSITY COURSES IN THE UK
The UK led the world in engineering the world's
first commercial nuclear power stationCalder Hall, which
started operation in the UK in 1957, and only closed in 2003.
As a consequence, British universities have
been teaching in the field of nuclear science and engineering
for more than 50 years, and there are courses taught at many universities.
These courses have developed to meet the needs of today and deal
with all aspects of nuclear energy and radioactivity, from nuclear
reactors to astrophysics, radiological protection and applications
within medical and life sciences. British universities also undertake
both fundamental and applied research work on nuclear science
and engineering topics, and in many instances are amongst the
The following universities offer courses:
MSc Physics & Technology of Nuclear Reactors:
Unique in the UK in providing training specifically for careers
in the nuclear industry.
MSc Medical and Radiation Physics: This
course provides training for a broad range of careers involving
radiation including careers in the nuclear industry.
There is an introduction to nuclear engineering
as part of the third year Engineering course paper G10 "Energy
& Power Generation". There is a module (C1) on "Nuclear
Power Engineering" as part of the fourth year Engineering
course. More details on the website.
MSc Energy, Environmental Technology and
Economics accredited by the Energy Institute, has been designed
to develop skills in cost-effective management of energy resources.
Nuclear Reactor Technology is a major
option for fourth year undergraduate students in the Mechanical
Engineering Department. This includes practical experience at
the last civil nuclear research reactor in the UK. Staff have
also provided introductory courses to both regulators and industry
in the areas of reactor physics, reactor operations and safety
management, and are always willing to talk about new courses.
MEng in Nuclear Engineering. Lancaster
University has launched a new course to train new engineers to
design and decommission nuclear engineering systems. The course
will provide a comprehensive education in engineering focusing
on the design and operation of facilities that enable electricity
to be generated in nuclear power stations.
MSc in Safety Engineering. Two-year part-time
modular masters course with nuclear industry specific modules.
For engineers currently working in safety related roles who wish
to progress in their safety engineering career in the nuclear
A modular MSc in Radiometrics is offered
covering instrumentation and modelling. One week short courses
in various radiometric techniques are also offered.
The University of Manchester is home for the
new Dalton Nuclear Institute which was established to implement
the university's intention to be the UK's leading university in
nuclear research and education and one of the principal international
players in this field. The Institute provides the focal point
for the University's nuclear research activities and interacts
with external bodies nationally and internationally.
There is strong growth in nuclear research funding
at The University of Manchester, in particular through the University
Research Alliances (URA's) with BNFL in the areas of radiochemistry
and materials performance. These URA's represent an investment
over the past five years of about £20 million from industry,
the Research Councils and the universities. Other current research
themes include nuclear physics, nuclear medicine, policy and regulation
and fusion energy.
The University of Manchester will be at the
forefront in research into decommissioning and radioactive waste
disposal where there is growing demand for innovation and technology
transfer to support these disciplines. A new EPSRC assisted chair
in Decommissioning is being established. Other new research themes
will include Reactor Technology and Radiation Sciences.
The University of Manchester also offers an
unparalleled range of opportunities in postgraduate research in
the nuclear field, leading to awards such as MRes, MPhil, PhD
Taught postgraduate programmes are offered in
nuclear and radiation physics, materials and environmental impact.
The Dalton Nuclear Institute is coordinating
a consortium of UK universities and research institutes to address
the UK's nuclear skills shortage. The Nuclear Technology Education
Consortium (NTEC) will deliver an innovative MSc and CPD programme
in Nuclear Science & Technology, receiving its first students
in September 2005.
MSc courses in Radiation and Environmental
Protection and in Medical Physics and undergraduate
courses in Physics and Nuclear Astrophysics all include
some nuclear/radiation content.
RESEARCH & REACTOR
Offers undergraduate courses in reactor physics,
environmental radioactivity and isotope geology; postgraduate
teaching and research in environmental geochemistry and radioactivity,
isotope geology and isotopes in biomedical and ecological processes.
The Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral
Law and Policy (CEPMLP) at the University of Dundee has introduced
UK's first Master of Law in International and Comparative Nuclear
The one-year full-time Masters degree course
will focus on international and comparative law and policies,
regulatory frameworks and relationship between peaceful and non-peaceful
use of nuclear energy for civil and military purposes. The emphasis
is on regulation of health and safety, the environment, civil
and state responsibility, international co-operation, and the
nuclear fuel cycle.