PhD programme in Nuclear Engineering, MPhil in Nuclear Energy
The MPhil in Nuclear Energy recognises that though the prospects for nuclear are now better than they have been for twenty years, nuclear works in a market for energy technologies and has not special right to be developed. The political, economic and social context for nuclear power is as important as the technical merits of the designs of reactors and systems.
The special nature of nuclear energy makes the industry global in its scale and its effect. Nuclear problems in one country have the potential to set-back the industry in many countries. Also, the high cost of developing and producing systems mean that only a few reactor systems can be economic and these will be built and operated around the world.
The course has been designed for top engineers and scientists with some experience post degree, not necessarily in the nuclear industry, or new graduates who want to equip themselves with the knowledge and the skills to build a career in nuclear energy.
The MPhil is part of the University of Cambridge's Strategic Energy Initiative in response to the prospect of a nuclear renaissance in the UK and around the world. The aim is to provide a masters-level degree course in Nuclear Energy which will combined nuclear science and technology topics with business, management and policy teaching.
The course will provide:
*a thorough grounding in the engineering, scientific and safety aspects of nuclear power;
*a good understanding of nuclear technology policy together with relevant business and policy understanding;
*an appreciation of the wider policy contexts of electricity generation in the 21st century.
This one-year intensive full time post graduate Masters, starts in October and comprises:
Five core technology teaching modules:
o Reactor Physics
o Reactor Engineering & Thermal-hydraulics
o Fuel Cycle, Waste & Decommissioning
o Nuclear Fuels & Materials
o Advanced Systems & safety
o Nuclear Technology Policy teaching delivered by the Judge Business School:
Supporting business management courses & seminars, plus a broad range of elective technical courses;
Long research project and dissertation
Engagement with industry and external research through projects/dissertation, visits & use of simulators, sponsorship;
Use of Cambridge's international and external research links with Battelle NW, MIT, KKK, CEA and NNL;
An option of continuing research training by entering a follow-on PhD programme.
The course will be taught by staff from CUED, the School of Physical Sciences and the Judge Business School. These will be supplemented by leading practitioners each with experience of industry and national laboratories including: Rolls-Royce, TWI, UKAEA, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, AWE & Atkins - to provide specialist knowledge and to give context for the science, technology and business teaching of academic staff.
For details see the Cambridge Nuclear Energy Centre website.
Accredited by the University of Cambridge. This process includes a regular programme of external confirmation.