MSc Nuclear Science and Technology

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Explore the challenges faced by industry in your chosen area of expertise. Employers around the world know we take talented students and push them to achieve their best.

This is one of the largest, best equipped materials departments in the UK. Our teaching is supported by internationally recognised research from our eight interdisciplinary centres.

We use science to solve problems. We understand how research is applied. Our work with some of the biggest names in industry brings an extra dimension to our masters courses.

About the course

The pedigree of this course is unbeatable. It gives you access to more than 90 per cent of the UK's academic expertise in nuclear waste immobilisation, decommissioning and clean up.

We run the course in partnership with fellow members of the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC). The NTEC team includes world-leading academics from the Universities of Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester and Sheffield.

Based at the Immobilisation Science Laboratory and can register with the NTEC in Sheffield.

Based at the Immobilisation Science Laboratory in Sheffield, you'll take eight
modules on the nuclear fuel cycle.

Topics include reactor materials and nuclear waste management. Each module includes a week at one of our partner universities.

Sample modules

  • Processing, Storage and Disposal of Nuclear Waste
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Reactor Physics and Criticality
  • Risk Management


  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Laboratory classes


  • Formal exams
  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

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Momin Saeed Shah, postgraduate student in the department of Materials Science

The Materials Science and Engineering department at the University of Sheffield is one of the best research institutes for engineering materials. I'm inspired by the research work the University has done in this area over the past few years.

Momin Saeed Shah, postgraduate student in Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in materials, metallurgy, chemistry or a related engineering subject from an approved institution.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Equipment and facilities

Split across four sites, we have outstanding facilities at our disposal including: tools and production facilities for materials processing, fabrication and testing; wet chemical processing for ceramics and polymers; rapid solidification and water atomisation for nanoscale metallic materials; extensive facilities for deposition of functional and structural coatings; thermomechanical compression and arbitrary strain path equipment for simulation of hot deformation.

Specialist laboratories include: cell and tissue culture; facilities for measuring electrical, magnetic and mechanical properties; characterisation facilities with an array of state-of-the-art microscopy and analysis equipment and techniques; computer cluster for modelling from the atomistic through nano and mesoscopic to the macroscopic.

Your career

Our graduates are in demand all over the world, with some now leaders in their chosen fields. The skills you gain from this course will be highly valued in the industry (both in the UK and worldwide). You could work in such roles as: reactor operations, safety case development and waste form development.

Learn from experts

Our teaching is supported by our internationally recognised research. Our reputation is built on a strong collaborative ethos, bringing together experimental, theoretical and modelling methodologies to solve problems. We're a member of eight interdisciplinary research centres within the University and we have strong links with industry.

Your projects will be based on our own original research. Enthusiastic and supportive staff will take you through the latest theories and discoveries in the field. You'll be challenged and stretched as we encourage you to exploit opportunities for innovation across the boundaries of traditional disciplines.

Our six research themes describe what we do: biomaterials and tissue engineering; nuclear engineering; nanomaterials and nanoengineering; functional materials and devices; advanced structural materials; multiscale materials modelling.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Andrew Keating
T: +44 (0)114 222 5941