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Physics and Technology of Nuclear Reactors MSc

University of Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Edgbaston Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP, OCT

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The environmental impact from the use of fossil fuels and the uncertainties in their sources of supply has led to many alternative energy sources being investigated. But of these, only nuclear fission power is at present sufficiently developed to provide an economically viable alternative to fossil fuels. This programme began in 1956 with the build of the first nuclear reactor in Britain. Since then we have continually updated the areas of study and degree of specialisation to reflect the increasing sophistication of the field. At the same time we have maintained the overall breadth of the course, because we feel this allows new entrants to the field to gain a perspective that will be of continuous help in their future careers. In the autumn and spring semesters, you will study all of your taught modules. In the summer you will work on your own research project chosen from a wide range of topics in the field. This project may be conducted at the University, but more frequently in recent years we have arranged for projects to be undertaken within industry, giving students an opportunity for direct interaction and enhancing their employment prospects. Studentships are sponsored by the nuclear industry in the UK, and these provide excellent and effective entry routes into careers in this stimulating field for physicists, mathematicians, metallurgists or engineers. This programme covers a wide range of the skills required to work in the nuclear industry and is co-taught with world-leading academic staff from different Schools within the University. Learning is via lectures and practical sessions, supported by field trips and industry seminars. A variety of assessment methods are used, including laboratory exercises, written coursework, case study reports, oral presentations and standard examinations.

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£ 23,310per year

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University information

University of Birmingham

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    16th out of 72 1

    5th out of 49

  • Entry standards

    / Max 241
    158 71%

    16th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90 90%

    6th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%

    44th

    15
  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    191 83%

    9th

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    92 92%

    1st

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    35th

    19

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