Taught course

Nuclear Science and Technology

University of Central Lancashire · School of Engineering

Entry requirements

For UK/EU students: an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a relevant scientific, engineering or technology subject related to a role in the nuclear industry is required.

Students with other related qualifications not at degree level but having relevant industry experience are welcome to apply: these will be judged on an individual basis and may be required to attend for interview.

Months of entry


Course content

Nuclear power offers significant advantages as a stable, effective and carbon neutral energy source. Nuclear power capacity is currently expanding with about 50 nuclear power plants under construction globally with more being planned. Plant upgrades are also increasing further capacity for energy generation and plant lifetime extension programmes are additionally maintaining current capacity. There is therefore a need to expand the nuclear workforce to in order to deliver these programmes and to work on other challenges such as newer efficient reactor designs such as ‘portable’ small modular reactors or the ultimate goal of nuclear fusion or safer alternatives to the standard uranium fuel cycle such as thorium. Modern day challenges such as cybersecurity together with safe and effective radioactive waste disposal also workforce requirements.

The course starting in September 2020 will provide a comprehensive scientific and technical programme aimed at graduate employment across the nuclear fuel cycle. Commencing with nuclear ‘basics’ students are then able to specialise in areas from cybersecurity, reactor technologies to fuel or waste management.


UCLan has developed strong relationships with the nuclear industry and supply chain, including Sellafield Ltd, National Nuclear Laboratory, BAE Systems at Barrow, Westinghouse, Atkins, AMEC and Studsvik.

The University of Central Lancashire has been teaching nuclear science to local employers since the 1970s. The course teaching team has jointly circa 80 years’ experience of working within the UK nuclear industries. The course is augmented by industry guest lectures and site visits (subject to facility security clearance).


The course is intended to equip new entrants to the nuclear industries with an appropriate scientific and technical background enabling their employment throughout the nuclear fuel cycle, both nationally and internationally. Students can focus their module choices upon specific areas of expertise such as fuel management, reactor technologies, waste management, or cybersecurity; modules on nuclear safety regulation are also offered as part of this course.

PhD opportunities are available subject to funding availability.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

PG Admissions Coordinator
+44 (0)1772 892400