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MEng Hons Nuclear Engineering

Mode of Study: Full Time Department: Engineering
UCAS Code: H821 Duration/Length: 4 Year(s)
QAA Subject Management: Engineering Director of Studies: Dr F Aiouache
Total Credit Points: 480 Credit Points Year 2: 120
Credit Points Year 3: 120 Credit Points Year 4: 120

Syllabus Rules and Pre-requisites

  • PartI
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 2)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 3)
  • The student must take the following modules:
  • PartII (Year 4)
  • The student must take the following modules:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

    To ensure that students acquire a comprehensive core of understanding in the key engineering science subjects with specific emphasis on topics germane to the nuclear engineering subject area.

    Through an emphasis on teaching through design, to develop students’ capabilities in: assessing engineering options across a broad range of subjects; their capacity to make decisions; and their creativity and flair.

    To develop students’ awareness of the social, cultural and ethical context in which professional engineers operate, and their capacity to work within the appropriate code of conduct.

    To provide a multi-disciplinary environment, to foster students’ capacity to deal with situations that cross subject boundaries.

    To ensure that greater deepening and broadening of study is fostered in the context of concepts, disciplines and problem solving, research-level content having open-ended treatise and a wider scope of project work taken both on an individual basis and as part of a team.

    To develop students' ability to assemble a significant quantity of research-based information, typically resulting from a project activity or industrial placement, and draw conclusions and inference from an often incomplete information set, often leading such an activity.

    To invest graduates with the experience of working in and with engineering businesses.

    To invest graduates with a fitness to enter professional practice and the capacity to have a beneficial impact upon it, whether in the industrial or service sectors generally or in Nuclear Engineering discipline in particular.

    General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills.

    To encourage and value the development of students’ key skills in communications, IT (including CAD, analysis and simulation tools), lifelong learning, team-working and project management.

    To generate the outlook, skills and knowledge required for future leaders of the engineering profession.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

  • Graduates of this programme will:

    Be able to write down and verbalise the fundamental concepts of nuclear engineering science, complementing their otherwise general engineering background.

    Be able to write down and verbalise the engineering concepts behind civil uses of nuclear power, including past, existing and future civil power reactor designs and the use of nuclear power in powering peaceful space exploration.

    Be able to demonstrate an understanding of nuclear chemistry, including fuel production and nuclear waste management.

    Be able to design and implement a small nuclear decommissioning project – including the scope of the challenge, different techniques, facilities characterization and remote engineering techniques.

    Know the fundamentals of nuclear medicine and nuclear-related imaging techniques as a significant part of a nuclear engineer’s potential professional interests.

    Be fully versed in the context of nuclear safety – thus covering the ALARP concept, key accidents and faults and what has been learned from them, risk assessment, hazard and operability analysis, dose, radiation effects and control methods.

    Be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of nuclear processes, and typically those functioning at the heart of a nuclear reactor, including the interaction of radiation, propagation of critical chain reactions, heat transfer, boiling, coolant issues and nonlinear natural reactivity feedback mechanisms.

    Demonstrate knowledge of technology-based leadership via team-based project activities and short industrial placement experiences.

    Understand problems where knowledge can be incomplete and benefit from subsequent research and inquiry.

    Be converse with and fulfil the engineering function expected of a nuclear specialist in the nuclear engineering industrial sector.

    Appreciate the current status and needs of the nuclear sector in the UK.

    Demonstrate a knowledge of the history and current status of nuclear engineering activities in the US and Europe.

    Fulfil the educational requirements of Chartered Engineer registration with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institution of Engineering & Technology.


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