Research course

Nuclear Energy

Open University · Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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Entry requirements

Minimum UK 2:1 first degree in a relevant technical discipline (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Nuclear power provides approximately 18 per cent of British electricity. As a low-carbon option, nuclear energy is supported for expansion by British government policy despite the fact that it remains a contentious choice. There are numerous technical and policy issues facing nuclear energy, including the building of new power stations, extending the life of the current fleet and addressing issues relating to wastes and safety. OU research is involved in all such questions as well as considering advanced future concepts – such as nuclear fusion, called ‘generation IV’ fission reactors and small modular reactors (SMRs).

The OU has a strong track record in issues relating to nuclear energy science, technology and policy including strong collaboration with other UK universities. The OU is delighted to be part of a five-university consortium led by Imperial College London that has won more than £6 Million in funding from the EPSRC for the Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training that will admit its first PhD students in October 2019. This funding will support cohorts of students up until 2023.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Salih Gungor
+44 (0)1908 653942