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Nuclear Engineering

EngD (Full Time)

UCAS Code: 
Minimum Length:48 Month(s)
Maximum Length:60 Month(s)
Credit Points:540
Director of Studies:Professor MJ Joyce

Compulsory Modules

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The student must take the following modules:

Educational Aims: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Research engineers will be able to:

Undertake fundamental research at postgraduate level into a nuclear-related topic and demonstrate their understanding by the production of a substantial dissertation.  This must identify the commercial context in which the project is set and its strategic contribution to the organisation.

Understand and appreciate the fundamental business processes relevant to a modern commercial organisation including:

Project Management

Managerial Economics

Individuals, Groups and organisations

Industrial Relations

Marketing Management

Total Quality Management

Management Accounting

Production Systems

Gain a further understanding of nuclear technologies related to their experience at Master’s level or u/g level in areas such as Reactor Technology, Decommissioning, Environmental Management.

Acquire personal skills as a foundation for a role in senior management in:

Self Assessment of Competencies

Report Writing

Presentation Skills

Communication Skills

Negotiating Skills

Thesis Writing

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Research engineers will develop the following intellectual skills:

Undertake structured research into novel areas of nuclear engineering, plan and implement a significant research project, and present the findings in a substantial dissertation at PhD level.

Appreciate and understand the key drivers and processes within a commercial organisation and relate these to their role as a research engineer embedded within the industrial organisation, and to the roles of work colleagues and senior managers.

Assimilate information in unfamiliar areas of nuclear science and technology and utilise and apply this in the context of an existing framework of knowledge.

Undertake logical debate and discourse with professionals in other fields of specialisation, both technical and non-technical.

Deliver peer-reviewed papers for publication.

Synthesise scientific, management and / or mathematical principles to provide solutions to problems in nuclear science and technology.


Research engineers will develop the following transferable skills:

Prepare and deliver a well-structured and well-written report, acceptable at Board Level.
Prepare oral presentations, on a topic within their scope of knowledge, to a variety of audiences up to Board level and to audiences in a variety of disciplines, both technical and non-technical.
Summarise complex positions or analyses on a single side of A4 paper.
Communicate effectively with others in different disciplines, at all hierarchical levels.
Effectively manage their time and involvement in significant projects.
Undertake leadership roles including the management and motivation of staff.
Critically evaluate their own performance.

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

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Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

On successful completion of this scheme of study students will have demonstrated:

  • Acquisition of a considerable knowledge of a range of nuclear science/engineering issues and developed the ability to apply this knowledge to generate solutions to complex problems.
  • An ability to develop hypotheses, then to plan and successfully execute a research programme to test these hypotheses.
  • The development of a particular nuclear engineering discipline of nuclear engineering research theme.
  • An awareness and understanding of the economic, societal, ethical and environmental drivers and constraints in industrially-related research pertaining to the nuclear engineering discipline.
  • A work ethic and style appropriate to the needs of the industrial sector, especially in a nuclear engineering context, including an appreciation of project and financial management.

General: Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
On successful completion of this scheme of study students will be able:
  • Create and interpret new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.
  • Acquire and understand a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice.
  • To conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems.
  • Understand applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.
  • To make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields, often in the absence of complete data, and be able to communicate their ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • To continue to undertake pure and/or applied research and development at an advanced level, contributing substantially to the development of new techniques, ideas or approaches.
Holders of the EngD qualification will have:
  • The qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and largely autonomous initiative in complex and unpredictable situations, in professional or equivalent environments,
  • Extended the forefront of a discipline, usually through original research,
  • Conceptualised, designed and implemented project(s) for the generation of significant new knowledge and/or understanding,
  • The qualities needed for employment that require both the ability to make informed judgements on complex issues in specialist fields and an innovative approach to tackling and solving problems,
  • Developed their professional practice and produced a contribution to (professional) knowledge.
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