Research course

Nuclear Engineering

University of Leeds · School of Chemical and Process Engineering
Integrated PhD

Entry requirements

You are required to have attained a 1st class or upper 2nd class undergraduate degree, or an MSc degree, in an engineering or science related discipline.

Months of entry


Course content

A priority for the UK includes the provision of underpinning skills and expertise that will be used to secure our future 'low carbon energy' requirements.

Our commitment to carbon reduction programmes requires the development of large-scale energy generation capacity that is not based on fossil fuels. However, there are issues relating to alternative energy sources such as the lack of certainty of supply and the lack of sufficient energy storage capacity.

This has led to plans of developing a new fleet of nuclear reactors in partnership with the private sector, which has generated significant interest within the UK industry.

Coincident with the proposed new build programme is the nuclear decommissioning programme. This deals with the safe disposal of legacy wastes and the management of redundant nuclear plant. These coincident events have resulted in a need for new science and engineering graduates to work in the multidisciplinary field of nuclear engineering. One estimate suggests over 1000 graduates per year for the next 15 years will be needed as a minimum requirement.

We have responded to the skills gap identified by launching an undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering and by establishing a Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Engineering, which is focussed on the key areas providing underpinning expertise to ensure;

- A safe and closed nuclear fuel cycle for any new build projects
- Confidence in our ability to efficiently treat and dispose of existing nuclear fuel waste.

You may also be interested in the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Fission- Next Generation Nuclear.

Fees and funding

UK students will be eligible to received a fully funded studentships covering the cost of academics fees and maintenance grant of £17,500 (tax free) per annum.

EU students will be eligible for a fees-only award.

Qualification and course duration

Integrated PhD

full time
48 months

Course contact details

The Graduate School Office
+44 (0)113 343 8000