Research course

Nuclear Energy Futures (EPSRC CDT)

University of Cambridge · Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

We welcome research enquiries from those working for first degrees in Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science, and related subjects. Applicants would normally have, or be expecting to attain, a high 2.1 class of first degree or a Master's degree.

Months of entry


Course content

This four-year doctoral training programme in Nuclear Energy is part of the multi-institutional EPSRC Nuclear Energy Futures CDT and aims to provide scientists and engineers with a broad overview of the nuclear energy sector in addition to in-depth training in a detailed area of civil nuclear energy.

The research project begins in the first year, but in this initial year of the four-year doctoral training programme, there are taught elements and required training visits to nuclear facilities in the UK and overseas in addition to research activity related to the student’s chosen research project.

The student will be able to carry out:

  • the systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic nuclear discipline or area of nuclear professional practice;
  • the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication;
  • the development of a PhD thesis for an examination that they can defend in an oral examination.

This CDT operates in collaboration with Imperial College London, University of Bristol, Open University and Bangor University.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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