MSc Nuclear Science and Technology

Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Our one year postgraduate taught courses provide an innovative programme of study in which students are challenged to achieve their best; developing specialist skills and knowledge sought after by employers, as well as establishing an ideal background for PhD research.

The department is very supportive and the staff are brilliant; my tutor helped me find really interesting work and is always offering advice.

Dan Rutland, MSc Nuclear Science and Technology graduate

About the course

Course description 2017

Run in partnership with fellow members of the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC), Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester and Sheffield, the course gives you access to more than 90 per cent of the UK’s academic expertise in nuclear waste immobilisation, decommissioning
and clean-up.

You’ll be based in the department’s world-leading NucleUS Immobilisation Science Laboratory, and will take eight modules on the nuclear fuel cycle. Topics include reactor materials and nuclear waste management with each module including one week at one of our partner universities.

Nuclear Science and Technology student

Sample modules

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

Teaching and assessment

Working alongside students and staff from across the globe, you’ll tackle real-world projects, and attend lectures, seminars and laboratory classes delivered by academic and industry experts.

You’ll be assessed by formal examinations, coursework assignments and a dissertation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

A good honours degree in materials, metallurgy, chemistry, physics 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

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

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Any questions?

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

Andrew Keating
E: a.keating@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 5941

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.