MSc(Eng) Nuclear Materials Engineering and Science

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.

I chose the course not only because Sheffield is a great university, but also because I believe that the nuclear industry will only grow in importance as energy production needs to increase. Sheffield has a world-leading reputation in the field so it seemed like the best fit for me.

Alec Mccaig, MSc(Eng) Nuclear Materials Engineering and Science graduate

About the course

Course description 2017

Home to the world-leading research centre, NucleUS Immobilsation Science Laboratory, the Department is recognised as a centre of excellence for the study of waste immobilisation and the development of new materials for future reactors.

You’ll be taught by staff with international reputations in their field, giving you an excellent grounding in materials science which can be applied to nuclear science and engineering, and across the whole nuclear fuel cycle.

Nuclear Materials Engineering and Science student

Core modules

  • Nuclear Reactor Engineering Studies
  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nuclear Waste Immobilisation and Disposal
  • Materials for Nuclear Systems
  • Science of Materials
  • Materials Processing and Characterisation
  • Materials Selection, Properties and Applications
  • Technical Skills Development
  • Research project in the area of your choice

Examples of optional modules

  • Glasses and Cements
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing – Part 1

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. A good honours degree in dentistry or medicine is also acceptable.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 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.