The environmental impact from the use of fossil fuels and the uncertainties in their sources of supply has led to many alternative energy sources being investigated. But of these, only nuclear fission power is at present sufficiently developed to provide an economically viable alternative to fossil fuels.
This programme began in 1956 with the build of the first nuclear reactor in Britain. Since then we have continually updated the areas of study and degree of specialisation to reflect the increasing sophistication of the field. At the same time, we have maintained the overall breadth of the course because we feel this allows new entrants to the field to gain a perspective that will be of continuous help in their future careers. This programme is also available as a 2-year part-time course.
The taught element consists of 180 credits. You will study 120 credits of taught modules and also undertake a 60-credit research project. This project may be conducted at the University, but more frequently in recent years, we have arranged for projects to be undertaken within the industry, giving students an opportunity for direct interaction and enhancing their employment prospects.
Why study Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors Masters at Birmingham?
Studentships are sponsored by the UK nuclear industry, providing excellent and effective entry routes into careers in this stimulating field for physicists, mathematicians, metallurgists or engineers
Expand your horizons with visits to a variety of nuclear establishments throughout the academic year visits are made to a variety of nuclear establishments
Spend one day at a training reactor where the reactor operators are trained
Hear from the course director, Dr Paul Norman
This course consists of 180 credits. You will study all of the core modules below whichcomprise 120 credits and undertake a 60-credit research project.
General Nuclear Power Technology - 20 credits
Nuclear Instrumentation, Radiation Protection, Reactor Systems and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle - 20 credits
Radiation Transport, Materials Science and Reactor Control - 20 credits
Reactor Engineering, Reactor Systems and Non-Destructive Evaluation - 20 credits
Practical Skills for Reactor Physics A - 20 credits
Practical Skills for Reactor Physics B - 20 credits
Research Project – 60 credits (Covering project work and thesis)
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.
Annual tuition fees for 2021/22
UK students: £9,500 full-time, £4,750 part-time
International students: £24,480
How To Apply
International applicants requiring visasApplications to this programme from students who are international for fees will close July 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.
International students applying for this programme will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before the University can issue you with a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS). We recommend that you apply for your ATAS certificate as soon as you receive an offer from us. More information can be found here.
UK and non-Tier 4 applicantsApplications will close in mid-September 2021 (to be confirmed). We will close applications as soon as the programme is full, early applications are encouraged.