Taught course

Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Management

University of Birmingham · School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Entry requirements

2.1 or equivalent in a relevant science subject (e.g. Geosciences, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics and Engineering). Candidates with significant relevant industrial experience will be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

This masters degree course is for students with science-based backgrounds, such as undergraduate degrees in Geosciences, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, who are interested in a career in the nuclear industry. There is currently skills shortage in this area, both within the UK and globally; this course was developed to address the need for high quality trained graduates in the nuclear industry.

The course will provide students with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding in nuclear sciences (nuclear physics and radiochemistry), geosciences (including geochemistry, geophysics and hydrogeology) and materials science, to prepare graduates for a career in nuclear decommissioning, waste management and remediation. It was developed as a response to needs expressed by nuclear industry and regulators for high quality graduate training to address a skills shortage in the field.

The course runs over 12 months from October to September. Taught modules are delivered in the autumn and spring terms and consist of lectures and practical sessions interspersed with fieldtrips and an industry seminar series. From April to September, students undertake independent research projects, allowing to them to further develop their skills and understanding in specific areas. For a full list of modules, visit the website.


  1. Nuclear Radiation and Dosimetry (10 credits) - Semester 1
  2. Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Radiation Shielding (10 credits) - Semester 1
  3. Processing, storage and disposal of nuclear wastes (20 credits) - Semester 1
  4. Site Decommissioning and Environmental Management (20 credits)-Semester 2
  5. Policy, Regulation and Management (20 credits) - Semester 2
  6. Practical & Applied studies A ( 20 credits) - Semester 1
  7. Practical & Applied studies B ( 20 credits) - Semester 2
  8. Project Work and Thesis (60 credits)

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Fees and funding

UK students
£6,840 FT - £3,420 PT
International students
£18,900 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005