MSc in Nuclear Engineering

General

Program Description

The degree of Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (M.Sc. in NUCE) is awarded for candidates who successfully complete the taught courses, field trips, and thesis requirements of the program. The program is targeted for students with various backgrounds, such as graduates of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Mathematics or other pertinent specializations. The program starts with common core courses that cover essential Nuclear Engineering topics. On successful completion of the core courses, students can select one of six tracks that cover specialized courses to prepare the students for their project/thesis work and broaden their expertise in specific areas of nuclear technology. In addition to taught courses, students are required to complete a field trip component.

In this component, the student is required to carry out a series of nuclear reactor experiments to consolidate theory lessons given in class as well as visit selected nuclear facilities to gain an overall appreciation of nuclear energy technology at the front and back end of the fuel cycle as well as during reactor operations. Finally, the candidates work on an M.Sc. thesis in their chosen area. The thesis work may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the focus areas identified by the relevant supervisors. Alternatively, where applicable and subject to the approval Nuclear Engineering Department, students may propose thesis topics of their own or work on solving problems of their respective sponsoring organizations.

Objectives

The goals (objectives) of the program are to produce graduates who:

  1. Advance professionally and are recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
  2. Apply their technical expertise to address the needs of society in a critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.
  3. Further develop their knowledge and skills through graduate education and professional schools.

Student learning outcomes

A student graduating with an M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering will be able to:

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced Nuclear Engineering problems through the application of modern tools and techniques and advanced knowledge of mathematics and engineering science.
  2. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of Nuclear Engineering.
  3. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret data and make decisions.
  4. Conduct research, document and defend the research results.
  5. Function on teams and communicate effectively.
  6. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

Overall structure and requirements

The M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering program is equivalent to 36 credit hours. The program consists of three main components.

Taught Courses Component: in this component, the student is required to complete a program of advanced study in Nuclear Engineering. This component is equivalent to 24 credit hours and consists of 8 courses, with 3 credit hours each. The 8 courses (24 credit hours) are 4 core courses (12 credit hours) and 4 elective courses (12 credit hours) chosen from 1 of 6 possible tracks.

Field Trips Component: in this component, the student is required to carry out a series of nuclear reactor experiments to consolidate theory lessons given in class as well as visit selected nuclear facilities to gain an overall appreciation of nuclear energy technology at the front and back end of the fuel cycle as well during reactor operations. By necessity, the field trips will be undertaken outside the UAE (e.g. in the Republic of South Korea or the USA) until such time that nuclear laboratories and facilities are available in the UAE.

Thesis Component: in this component, the student is required to carry out an independent research thesis work in Nuclear Engineering. This component is equivalent to 12 credit hours.

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0, or equivalent (e.g. upper second-class honors in a UK-style degree, from a reputable accredited institution).
  • A minimum level of English proficiency in the form of either:
    • iBT TOEFL (internet-based test) score of 91 or equivalent, or
    • Overall academic IELTS score of 6.5, or
    • 1550 EmSAT English score.
  • A minimum quantitative score of 150 in the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to all programs, with the exception of Master of Engineering in Health, Safety and Environment Engineering and the Master of Arts in International and Civil Security, where a minimum threshold is not set. Applicants for all programs should attempt all three sections of the GRE.
  • A minimum of two referee recommendations (provided via online form).
  • Statement of purpose (500-1,000 words).
  • Admission interview.
Last updated May 2020

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The internationally top-ranked Khalifa University is the one university in the UAE with the research and academic programs that address the entire range of strategic, scientific and industrial challenges facing the UAE’s knowledge economy transformation and our rapidly evolving world. Its world-class faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities provide an unparalleled learning experience to students from the UAE and abroad. The university brings together the best in science, engineering and medicine in the UAE, to offer specialized degrees that can take promising high school graduates all the way to top-rated doctorate degree holders. Read less