Taught course

Nuclear Science and Technology

The University of Manchester · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

The minimum academic entry requirements for a Masters programme will be a Lower Second UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline. For applicants with seven years' industrial experience, a lesser qualification may be acceptable.

Months of entry


Course content

The Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC) was established in 2005 following extensive consultations with the UK nuclear sector, including industry, regulators, the Ministry of Defence, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, government departments and the Cogent Sector Skills Council. The nine UK universities and higher education institutions in the Consortium provide flexible postgraduate training for the nuclear sector with the breadth and format of the training designed to meet the UK's projected nuclear skills requirements in decommissioning and clean-up, reactor technology, fusion and nuclear medicine.

NTEC comprises the Universities of Birmingham, Central Lancashire, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, Imperial College London and the Nuclear Department of the Defence Academy. Together they offer a postgraduate-level masters degree in Nuclear Science and Technology which is delivered in both directly taught and distance learning formats. Students register with the university of their choice (Liverpool, Manchester or Sheffield) and visit other members of the consortium to attend their selected modules.

Course accreditation is provided by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Energy Institute (EI), and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3). The NTEC programme is also the first nuclear Master’s to be endorsed by the Nuclear Institute (NI).

The course is designed to create a generation of nuclear engineers and scientists who will have the skills to secure a sustainable and safe future for nuclear energy and the nuclear industry. It is also ideal for industry professionals who wish to extend their knowledge and skills with individual NTEC course units being available as standalone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.

Key features

  • Demand-driven: content developed through consultation with the nuclear sector.
  • Breadth of learning: a broad portfolio of subjects, including nuclear reactor theory, decommissioning, waste disposal and storage.
  • Delivered by experts: delivered by renowned leading academics and industrial specialists in their field.
  • Flexiblility: the course unit format allows students to complete the MSc over three years (part-time) or as a one-year, full-time student.
  • Short-course format: Each topic is presented in short course format which is ideal for employees within the industry.
  • Additional qualifications: students may also undertake a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip.) or Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert.) within the framework of the programme.
  • CPD opportunities: course units may be taken as a standalone short course for Continuing Professional Development purposes.
  • Less travel: the core of each module involves one week of direct teaching at the relevant institution. This commitment minimises the time away from the workplace for an employee, making the course ideal for young professionals.
  • Distance learning: 9 of the 18 course units are currently available for distance learning

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English: IELTS 7 or higher (with no sub test less than 6.0),

TOEFL scores of at least 95 overall with no less than 24 in reading, 22 in listening, 25 in speaking and 24 in writing

Fees and funding

UK students
2017-2018 £17,134
International students
2017-2018 £17,134

Full time UK students with a 1st or 2i can apply for a bursary which includes Nil fees and a stipend

Full time UK students with a 2ii are eligible for a fee reduction

This course is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan. For more information, please see https://www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 or 36 months
distance learning
24 or 36 months


part time
18 months
distance learning
18 months
full time
9 months


full time
9 months
distance learning
18 months
part time
18 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation60 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Karen Ross/Simon Abbott
+44 (0)161 275 4267/+44 (0)161 275 1246