SNEAM/ANWM - Advanced Nuclear Waste Management specializes in nuclear waste management. It develops fundamental scientific, technical and industrial knowledge, has a particular focus on the backend of the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear waste management, long-term safety, and environmental impact assessment and provides strong insights on dismantlement and decommissioning of nuclear installations.


The master forms engineers exposed to a highly complex scientific environment where technical expertise is omnipresent in the field of nuclear waste management. The program provides:

  • The scientific knowledge, necessary for nuclear waste management and the capability to understand how to assess long-term safety and environment impacts.
  • The competencies to master the operational techniques and strategies for the management of nuclear waste.
  • The appropriate solutions according to the type of waste through project work in the industry.
  • The possibility to build contacts with a large number of international key players in the field.
  • The competencies to master dismantlement and decommissioning of nuclear installations.
  • Societal considerations in the management of nuclear waste with regard to the public acceptance.

Course Structure

The Master of Science starts in September and is divided into 4 semesters:

  • MSc year 1: 2 academic semesters in Nantes campus
  • MSc year 2: 1 academic semester for specialization in Nantes campus + 6 months Master Thesis in industry or research laboratory.

Scientific and technical modules:

  • Physics of Ionizing Radiation
  • Introduction to Nuclear modeling
  • Introduction to Neutron physics
  • Safety and Radioprotection
  • Physico-Chemistry of Environment
  • Introduction to Nuclear Technology
  • Wastes conditioning and storage
  • Dismantlement and Decommissioning of Nuclear Installations
  • Geological disposal

Management modules:

  • Nuclear: Management, Safety, and Society
  • Energy mix and energetic transition
  • Environmental Management and Strategy of sustainability

Company visits, scientific seminars, technical projects, generic methods for engineers, French language & culture

Professional coaching (a Student-centered process of reflection on competencies and professional objectives)

  • 6-month MSc thesis in Industry or research lab

Job Opportunities

  • Project engineer related to nuclear energy, decommissioning, nuclear waste processing, conditioning, safe storage.
  • Manager of nuclear waste in industrial, hospitals or research institutions.
  • Research scientist and development engineer.
  • Safety engineer for radioactive waste management solutions.
  • Regulators for governmental control of waste management practices.
  • Engineer of international agencies involved in nuclear waste issues

Application Procedure

A committee consisting of professors is charged with selecting the applicants, based on the following criteria:

  • C.V./Resume
  • Motivation letter
  • Applicant's previous scientific background and grades
  • English level
  • Working or training experience
  • Description of the professional plans after the SNEAM program
  • Reference letters

Please upload the required documents for SNEAM application on the dedicated online platform:


Participation cost: 12000 €/year


Special rates for:

  • European students from the Erasmus zone (6000 €/year)
  • EU Graduate students from our partner universities(3000 €/year)
  • EU students met at Education fairs (5400 €/year)
  • Excellent EU applications or recommended EU applications(2600 €/year)
  • Non-EU students graduated from our partner universities (6500 €/year)
  • Non-EU students met at Education fairs (9600 €/year)
  • Non-EU Excellent applications or recommended applications (6000 to 9000 €/year)
  • Double-Degree students
  • Possible Industrial sponsorship.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated September 12, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
2 years
24,000 EUR
Possible tuition fee waivers
May 31, 2020
Each year for non EU-students. 15 June each year for EU-students.
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Sep 2019

Application deadline
May 31, 2020
Each year for non EU-students. 15 June each year for EU-students.
End Date
July 31, 2021