Why study MSc Nuclear Science and Technology?

Nuclear waste managementA new concept in postgraduate teaching, the course is run jointly with the members of the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC), and offers particular expertise in the important area of nuclear waste immobilisation, decommissioning and clean-up. 

The consortium represents more than 90% of the nuclear postgraduate teaching expertise residing in the UK's universities and research institutes. You'll be taught by world-leading academics from the University of Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, London and Sheffield, and will have access to a one-stop shop of postgraduate training in nuclear science & technology, unparalleled in the UK.

Course breakdown

  • Duration: 1 year full time
  • Study locations: Students register with the university of their choice (Liverpool, Manchester or Sheffield) and visit other members of the consortium to attend their selected modules. Some modules require overseas travel. Details can be found on the NTEC website.
  • Fees: It's important to find out how much the fees are for your course and get advice on funding your studies. We recommend using the University's fee lookup tool
  • Entry requirements: a good honours degree in materials, a physical science (chemistry or physics) or a related engineering subject.
  • English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6 in each component, or equivalent
  • Course accreditation: Course accredited by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), The Energy Institute (EI), The Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IoM3) and The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

Course structure

Student in the ISLRegistered at Sheffield and based in the Department’s nuclear research group, NucleUS Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL), students will complete 8 modules covering the spectrum of the nuclear fuel cycle, such as reactor materials and nuclear waste management, followed by a research project and dissertation.

The modules available are:

  • Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal
  • Reactor Physics, Criticality and Design
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Radiation and Radiological Protection
  • Decommissioning, Waste and   Environmental Management
  • Reactor Materials and Lifetime Behaviour
  • Nuclear Safety Case Development
  • Particle and Colloid Engineering in the Nuclear Industry
  • Policy, Regulation and Licensing
  • Radiation Shielding
  • Reactor Thermal Hydraulics
  • Criticality Safety Management
  • Management of the Decommissioning Process
  • Experimental Reactor Physics

Module summaries are available here.

The core of each module is one week’s direct teaching at the institution delivering the module, where you would be travelling to, and may include, in addition to lectures, group work, presentation of topics, interactive discussion groups. Details of the modules can be found on the NTEC website.

On completion, students will obtain a sound understanding of the nuclear fuel cycle, ranging from the study of reactor physics, through to waste disposal, and the societal impact and regulation of nuclear energy.

How you'll learn

Students will have access to state-of-the-art facilities for sample preparation, synthesis of bioactive composites, biomaterial characterisation and testing, and will be taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions in our state-of-the-art tissue engineering laboratories
  • Course work assignments and presentations
  • Group discussion
  • Departmental seminars
  • Independent study

Our labs house a range of equipment including:

  • Microwave reactor for synthesis of bioactive composites for bone replacement
  • Laser cutter to create polymeric scaffold for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Fume cupboards with controlled flow for preparation of hydroxyapatite polymer composite
  • Spectroscopic techniques, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy
  • Electron confocal and optical microscopies

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

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Meet our students
Dan Rutland

There is support in the Department in a number of ways. The staff are brilliant, my Tutors helped me find work that is really interesting, and is always offering advice. There is also funding opportunities so you can study worry free.


Academic support

Dr Martin C StennettMeet Dr Martin Stennett, Course Director and Experimental Officer in Nuclear Materials

Our network of world leading academics, at the cutting edge of their research, inform our courses providing a stimulating, dynamic environment in which to study.

You'll receive support throughout your course, plus a dedicated Supervisor for your research project.

If you have any questions about the course, please contact Postgraduate Taught Courses Team.



Students who undertake this course, after completion, are highly valued in the industry (both in the UK and worldwide) and work across many roles, such as:

  • Reactor operations
  • Safety case development
  • Higher research degrees (PhD)

Take a look at where our alumni are now working. Meet our alumni

Once you've made your decision and are ready to apply, follow our step by step guide. Apply now

*The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. For more detail on the specific syllabus, course structure and specific content of modules, please contact Andrew Keating, Administrator for Taught Masters Courses, a.keating@sheffield.ac.uk.