Nuclear Science and Technology MSc/PG Cert and PG Dip

A new concept in postgraduate-level training for the nuclear sector has been developed by a strong consortium of UK universities and HE institutions. The breadth and format of the training is designed to meet the UK's projected nuclear skills requirements in current and future reactor operations, decommissioning and clean-up.

The Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC) comprises the Universities of Birmingham, Central Lancashire, City University London, Defence Academy - College of Management and Technology, Imperial College London, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, and Sheffield. Together, these institutions represent more than 90% of the nuclear postgraduate teaching expertise residing in the UK's universities and research institutes.

NTEC therefore provides a one-stop shop for a range of postgraduate training in Nuclear Science and Technology which is unparalleled in the UK. The structure and content of the programme, which leads to qualifications up to MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology, was established following extensive consultations with the UK nuclear sector, including industry, regulators, MoD, NDA, Government Departments and the Cogent Sector Skills Council.

Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES)

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proud that 96% of students on the MSc in Nuclear Science and Technology are satisfied overall with the course.

Launched in 2009, the HEA's annual Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) is the only sector-wide survey to gain insight from taught postgraduate students about their learning and teaching experience.

The survey focuses on students’ experiences regarding:

  • teaching and learning
  • engagement
  • assessment and feedback
  • organisation and management
  • resources and services
  • skills development

A comparison of PTES Scores





Find out more about how to apply and track your application here: Application Form

Our next Postgradaute Taught Open Day will be held on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. For an idea of what this event will include, you can view the programme from our last open day.

Nuclear structure physics research

The study of the atomic nucleus dates from the pioneering experiments of Rutherford and his colleagues at Manchester. Stable nuclei represent a small fraction of nuclei that may be produced in nuclear reactions. The Manchester group is actively contributing to the the wider international effort of investigating the more exotic nuclei with extreme proton-to-neutron ratios, which is currently one of the most exciting areas of nuclear physics.

Experimental work is generally carried out at overseas facilities in Europe and the USA, often within international collaborations which bring together the necessary equipment and expertise. Much of the development work for new equipment for experiments is carried out at Manchester, where there are excellent facilities for the construction and commissioning of new apparatus, and for student training. A powerful suite of computers is available for data analysis.

Applied nuclear physics research

Manchester has a growing capability in applied nuclear physics in support of the fission energy and health sectors. Research interests include nuclear data measurements (fission yields, neutron cross-sections) needed to model nuclear processes, and gamma-ray imaging techniques used by hospitals.

For more information, visit the Nuclear Physics research group page.

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