Taught course

Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors

University of Birmingham · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Scientific or Engineering degree, 2:2 or better or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The environmental impact from the use of fossil fuels and the uncertainties in their sources of supply has led to many alternative energy sources being proposed and investigated. However, of the non-fossil fuel sources, only nuclear fission power is at present sufficiently developed to provide an economically viable alternative to fossil fuels.
The aim of this programme – which began in 1956 – is to provide the necessary background, both in breadth and in depth, for anyone wishing to enter the nuclear industry. The areas of study and degree of specialisation involved have changed considerably to reflect the increasing sophistication of the field, and yet the overall breadth of the course has been maintained, because we feel that only in this way can new entrants to the field obtain a perspective which will be of continuous help in future careers.
Studentships are sponsored by the nuclear industry in the UK, and these provide excellent and effective entry routes into careers in this stimulating field for physicists, mathematicians, metallurgists or engineers.
A taught element from September to May is followed by a 14-week project, usually undertaken within the industry.

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Fees and funding

UK students
£7,200 FT - £3,600 PT
International students
£18,900 FT

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The UK nuclear industry, sponsorship for living expenses £500 above EPSRC rate and university registration fees.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations56
Written coursework / continuous assessment15
Professional practice14
Dissertation15 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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