Research course

Nuclear Energy

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

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, so called ‘generation IV’ reactors or accelerator-driven systems.

The OU has a strong track record in issues relating to nuclear energy technology and policy, and is pleased to be part of a three-university UK research council and industry-funded Centre for Doctoral Training. The ICO-CDT brings together Imperial College London, Cambridge University and The Open University to provide high-quality research and training opportunities. OU research activity in nuclear energy is led from the School of Engineering and Innovation in the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
      part time
      72 months

      Course contact details

      Professor William Nuttall
      +44 (0)1908 655113