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
  • 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 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 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.

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

Meet 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 Course Director Dr Martin Stennett direct email



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 individual lecture courses and modules is continually reviewed and updated. 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.