Master of Science EPF Lausanne-ETH Zurich in Nuclear Engineering

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Program Description

Master of Science EPF Lausanne-ETH Zurich in Nuclear Engineering

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Master of Science EPF Lausanne-ETH Zurich in Nuclear Engineering

towards sustainable energy supply

The Master in Nuclear Engineering is jointly granted by the 2 Swiss institutes of technology: EPF Lausanne and ETH Zurich, two of Europe's leading science and engineering schools.

Clean, affordable and reliably available energy is of paramount importance for the well-being of industrialized economies and the development of emerging countries.  Nuclear power is one of the principal options for closing the growing energy gap in a mid-term perspective and, depending on the availability of new generations of nuclear facilities and technologies, also a potentially crucial resource in the long-term.


The program in Nuclear Engineering aims to

  • provide in-depth knowledge on the fundamentals and technology of harnessing nuclear fission for energy supply
  • present the basic principles and challenges of controlled nuclear fusion
  • provide knowledge on nuclear techniques in medical research and industry
  • present a view on the complete nuclear energy conversion system and the entire fuel cycle from uranium mining to the back-end
  • offer the background necessary to integrate nuclear energy into energy systems as a whole

Students spend the first semester at EPFL, the second at ETH Zürich, and the third and fourth principally at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

Entry Requirements

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s degree from a reputable university and excellent academic results. The strong inter-disciplinary character of the Master in Nuclear Engineering is reflected in the fact that the program is open to a wide range of Bachelor’s degree holders in the exact sciences and engineering. Candidates are expected to have a solid background in mathematics, physics and a good engineering basis. 

Course Structure

2-year program /120 ECTS), including an internship in industry.

  • 1st semester at EPFL
  • 2nd semester at ETHZ
  • 3rd semester at PSI (Paul Scherrer Institute)

The Master's thesis (30 ECTS) is usually conducted in a lab at the Paul Scherrer Institute.

Teaching language: English

Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
4 semesters
Full time
2,600 CHF
Start date Sept. 2016
Switzerland Lausanne
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Duration 4 semesters
Price 2,600 CHF