Taught course

Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards

University of Central Lancashire · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

Honours degree in relevant scientific, engineering and technology subjects related to nuclear industry 2.2 or above. Overseas equivalent qualifications and English IELTS 6.5 or equivalent if English in not the first language. Students with qualifications such as HND with relevant industrial/engineering experience are welcome.

Months of entry


Course content

The nuclear industry will continue to provide a significant proportion of the UK's energy needs over the next ten years and this percentage will increase as new nuclear power stations come on stream at the end of this decade and beyond.

UCLan has developed strong relationships with nuclear employers which include Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow and Westinghouse Ltd. As a result, this MSc course has been developed directly in line with recent Government plans for higher education institutions to work closely with niche industries; developing customised programmes and building relationships with employers.

The course is uniquely designed and is delivered from a UCLan campus, offering employees already working within the sector and assisting employer led provisions, a flexible programme to fit in around their work patterns. Access to those people from the general engineering sector is also being encouraged.

Modules include:

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle Technology (SC4101) 20 credits
  • The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Safety (SC4102) 20 credits
  • The Delivery of Nuclear Safety (SC4103) 20 credits
  • The Regulation and Management of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4104) 20 credits
  • The Delivery of Nuclear Security and Safeguards (SC4105) 20 credits
  • Research Methodology (SC4107) 10 credits
  • Leadership Strategies and Skills in Nuclear Related Environment (SC4108) 10 credits
  • MSc Project (nuclear related) (SC4109) 60 credits

A variety of assessments including field visit reports, group project presentations, master's project report and presentation. The programme offers modular delivery allowing the student to complete a full module in one week. The course will include lectures, seminars and visits to nuclear sites. Six modules will be delivered by blended methodology. The final year thesis will be equivalent to three modules. Upon completion the student will receive 180 credits.

The course will be taught at the UCLan Preston City Campus. It may incorporate visits to nuclear installations with simulation time to demonstrate the key nuclear safety characteristics of a nuclear facility; this will be subject to satisfactory security clearance from the nuclear industry.

Students entering this course are primarily from nuclear-related industries, in which case the programme offers a professional career development route. In the case of non-nuclear-related students, it is expected that students will find a career within the nuclear industry.

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
9 months


full time
6 months

Course contact details

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