Master in Nuclear Engineering
The Advanced Master in nuclear Engineering is an Interuniversity programme.
In general, it can be stated that the BNEN programme is aimed at providing holders of a Master of Science degree (MSc) in an engineering discipline with a second MSc specialised in nuclear engineering.
The main objectives of the programme are:
- to provide the graduates with all necessary scientific and technical background and skills to develop a career in the field of nuclear applications, especially in the domain of power generation ;
- to start from scientific basic principles and provide pathways to technical possible solutions and societal relevant applications of nuclear energy in a sustainable environment, including the important issues of waste management and safe operation of nuclear power plants. Also the direct societal aspects of risk, safety and security analysis and radioprotection of workers and public are explicitly included.
The secondary objectives of the BNEN programme were in direct relationship with the desire to give a true international dimension to this, in 2002, first Master after Master in Nuclear Engineering programme in Europe and to have a direct interaction with the different nuclear actors in Belgium and over the borders.
Key Learning outcomes
As the BNEN is a Master after Master programme it relies on knowledge, skills and competences in the domains of mathematics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, heat transfer, general physics, chemistry, materials science and electromagnetism that were acquired in the initial engineering master. It is clear that these tools from previously acquired knowledge and competences are intensively used in the lectures, exercises and laboratory sessions as well as for the master thesis of the BNEN programme.
The BNEN programme educates engineers to identify problems related to nuclear power engineering, to understand and model the physics involved, to find innovative solutions and to evaluate them numerically. By educating the students into the fundamental scientific approach of nuclear engineering they are prepared for undertaking doctoral studies or personal research in the related scientific fields and this with the aim to maintain an academic pole of competence in Belgium.
In order to achieve these goals the students are offered an academically oriented programme, not overspecialising in reactor operation but stressing the scientific-technical basis of the chosen options for present and future practical exploitation of nuclear energy and other nuclear applications.
Last updated June 14, 2016