Taught course

Nuclear Science and Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) · Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Entry requirements

Our programs attract science and engineering students with a diverse range of undergraduate degrees including physics, chemistry, mathematics, materials science, and chemical, civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Only about half of the graduate students in our department have majored in nuclear engineering as undergraduate.

Months of entry


Course content

Research in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering covers a wide range of nuclear-related applications, including fission and fusion energy systems, nuclear security, and applications of radiation in medical, industrial, and computational devices. Engineering these devices and systems routinely requires the integration of nuclear and radiation processes, materials science, thermal/fluids and structural engineering, plasma science and quantum engineering. The economic, environmental, social, political and international aspects of nuclear systems also play a central role in their successful application.

This calls for students and professionals to develop a broad set of scientific and communication tools, as well as develop strong inter-personal skills to tackle integrated solutions to NSE problems as a team. Graduate students gain a broad education that prepares them for a range of careers in industry, research, and the academic world.

The object of the Master’s degree program is to give the student as thorough a knowledge of some phase of nuclear engineering as can be obtained in a minimum of one academic year of full-time study. The Master’s program may serve either as the first part of the student’s work for a more advanced degree or as training for professional employment in nuclear engineering.

Fees and funding

British citizens who are – or will be – graduates of British universities should check out Kennedy Scholarships.

These awards offer full tuition and health insurance coverage and a generous stipend towards living expenses which is means-tested. They are offered annually in competition.

Please note that you will need to submit your application to the award ahead of the deadline for MIT application. Kennedy Scholarship applications are to be made online via the website between mid-August and late-October in the same application season as you will submit your application to MIT. Please also note they are totally separate from, and independent of, admission to the program. Awards made at interview in London in January are provisional, pending confirmation of a place on the course.

See the website for full information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months

Course contact details

Admissions Coordinator NSE