Master's Programme in Nuclear Engineering


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Program Description

The need for manpower in the nuclear industry is increasing due to new power plant projects, new applications of nuclear energy, and the long-term use of existing power plants.

This field has a continuous need for professionals to oversee nuclear power plants, including reactors, power conversion systems, and safety systems, taking into consideration and putting into practice advances in science and technology.

Nuclear power is a key component in the transition towards clean and feasible energy systems. Nuclear power has an excellent track record in providing abundant and dispatchable clean electricity for the electrification of society. Nuclear heating and nuclear propulsion are emerging as new applications. In all applications, nuclear power must be safe.

At LUT, nuclear engineering research and education focus on three aspects: nuclear power plant engineering, nuclear safety, and reactors for new applications – including next-generation technologies.

This Master's programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of how to utilise nuclear power safely. You will learn how to design nuclear reactors. Nuclear power plant engineering focuses on how different components in nuclear power plants work together, what specific requirements apply to components used in nuclear power plants, how to design for radiation protection, and how to consider the life cycle of power plants, including fuel and waste management.

Nuclear safety focuses on preventing accidents and how a plant is operated safely if accidents happen. Research on next-generation reactors focuses on small modular reactors.

Your studies will emphasise light water reactors, but you will also learn the basic principles of other reactor types, including fast reactors and heavy water and gas-cooled reactors.

Learning outcomes

In this programme, you will learn about nuclear reactors, nuclear power plants, nuclear energy and safety, and power plant processes relevant to power conversion and nuclear safety.

In addition, you will learn about energy economics, environmental impacts, savings and emissions.

In this Master's programme, you will acquire:

  • competence covering the design principles of nuclear reactors and nuclear power plants; you will also understand the nuclear fuel cycle from cradle to grave;
  • professional skills enabling you to utilise different numerical methods of reactor physics and thermal-hydraulic safety analysis; you will learn about radiation protection and reliability engineering;
  • knowledge of applying and developing mathematical models to solve energy technology problems; you will be able to design energy technology-related equipment, plants, processes and systems;
  • managerial skills to manage and organise both national and international projects.

Degree structure and studies

The Master's Programme in Nuclear Engineering is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.

The programme includes core, advanced specialisation, minor and elective studies.

Core studies, 28 ECTS credits, include courses on maintenance management, nuclear power plant engineering, sustainability, technology and society, and applied mathematics.

Advanced specialisation studies, 42-65 ECTS credits, include compulsory and alternative studies:

  • Compulsory studies: nuclear reactor design, computational nuclear thermal hydraulics, nuclear reactor physics methods, nuclear reactor physics analyses, nuclear reactor dynamics, steam turbines, theoretical nuclear thermal hydraulics, experimental nuclear thermal hydraulics, radiation protection.
  • Alternative studies: energy systems engineering, steam boilers, energy scenarios, turbulence models, reliability engineering, computational fluid dynamics, energy economics.

Minor studies, 0-30 ECTS credits, focus on environmental responsibility, renewable energy and energy efficiency, the modelling of energy systems, technomathematics, and technical physics.

In elective studies, you can select any discipline at LUT.

The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is an advanced research project completed during the fourth semester. The Master's thesis requires approximately six months of full-time work.

Double degree studies for LUT degree students

The programme also offers a possibility for double degree studies. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

Students admitted to complete the Master's degree in this Master's programme at LUT may apply to the double degree programme with the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University.

Double degree studies for students from partner universities

Students from partner universities are able to study as double degree students at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.

The programme's double degree partner universities are the following:

  • Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
  • Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
  • St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
  • Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia

Career prospects

To ensure the safe and reliable long-term operation of existing plants and to facilitate the construction of new plants in the future, there is a constant need for new professionals in nuclear engineering.

Our graduates have a clear understanding of what is required of safe nuclear power systems and how nuclear power is utilised to change the overall energy system towards cleaner processes.

Graduates from our programme work in every field related to nuclear power: in power production, in research and development, for nuclear industry subcontractors, for regulatory authorities, for companies building nuclear power plants, and for companies providing fuel and waste management and other services to nuclear operators.

Graduates have versatile professional capabilities. They may work as project engineers, designers, analysts, developers, and managers, eventually even achieving top management positions. LUT graduates typically deal with power plant systems or components, company work processes, safety and regulations, etc.

How to Apply

Make one of the most important decisions for your future and study with us – we promise to make your investment worthwhile.

Every year a great number of students from all over the world start their studies at LUT University.

Why not become one of the next ones to join us?

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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:

  • Regular admission: 1 December 2020 – 20 January 2021
  • Rolling admission: 1 November 2020 – 31 May 2021
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

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