Student Profiles

Ed Smith

At the end of my BSc in Chemistry at the University of Bristol, I began the MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering. Beginning with only a basic knowledge of nuclear physics, I quickly found my interest piqued, with the wide range of speakers and the diversity within the course allowing my understanding to grow, while ensuring that my background in chemistry was broadened to include a better appreciation of both the physics and engineering challenges faced by the nuclear industry. As a result of my new knowledge, I was able to begin a PhD in Chemistry, with a focus on the material properties of diamond.

Megan Taylor

After completing a BSc in Mathematics at Plymouth University, I realised my main interest was nuclear energy and how it can be produced. This lead me to apply for the Nuclear Science and Engineering MSc at Bristol, which has provided me with a wide range of knowledge about the nuclear industry in the UK and around the world. I found that there were many areas of my maths degree that I could transfer and was always offered help in understanding concepts that I hadn't come across before. The best part about the MSc at Bristol is the close industrial links that can be formed when completing the group\individual projects and also through the guest lectures. I am now going on to study for a PhD in the engineering department at Bristol, something the MSc has set me up for extremely well.

Sree Harsha Ramamurthy

I studied Electrical Engineering (BE) at R V College of Engineering in Bangalore, India. After completing my bachelors, I wrote a book combining the physics and the engineering aspects of the electric circuit analyses, which was published by the Institute of Physics (IOP). While I was writing the book, it became clear to me that analysing the physical aspects of engineering problems is something I particularly enjoy doing, and I was immediately attracted to the MSc program in Nuclear Science and Engineering offered at Bristol. I throughly enjoyed the course and learnt a lot. The final project was on Beta-induced X-ray Spectroscopy for CCFE and it was very challenging. I am currently writing a review article for the European Journal of Physics and would like to do a PhD in Nuclear Engineering in the future.

Harvey Johnson

Following my completion of a BSci in chemistry at Imperial College London, I accepted a place on the Nuclear MSc at Bristol. The course gave me a broad knowledge across the nuclear sector as well as the wider energy industry as a whole. Additionally, the technical and group aspects of the course have equipped me for the practical challenges that will be faced in any industry role. I am currently working as a management consultant, on nuclear new build specific projects, and hope to attain a training contract for a law firm later this year, specialising in energy law.

Lottie Harding

During my undergraduate Physics degree (BSc.) at Swansea University I developed a keen interest in condensed matter physics and nuclear science. This led to me undertaking the nuclear masters at the University of Bristol due to its duel academic and industrial nature. I thoroughly enjoyed the MSc. and gained knowledge from all aspects of the nuclear industry, from nuclear policy to experimental nuclear research. A highlight of the MSc was the individual research project. My research focused on the thermal conductivity of accident tolerant nuclear fuel. The project equipped me with the necessary skills for further research and has now led to me studying for a PhD in the Interface Analysis Centre at the University of Bristol working on accident tolerant nuclear fuel.

100% of the first MSc cohort (15/16) passed. Of these, half secured placements with Industry and half have gone on to study PhDs in Science and in Engineering.

Graham Hemingway

Having completed a BEng in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Bristol, I took a place on the MSc in Nuclear Science and Engineering in lieu of my final year on the MEng. I enjoyed the MSc and gained knowledge which was applicable right across the nuclear industry. Thanks to the skills and knowledge I gained I am now on the ‘nuclear graduates’ graduate scheme at the Office for Nuclear Regulation, working in Emergency Response. As part of this scheme in the next 2 years I will be spending 6 months on secondment to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, 4 months at the Cabinet Office, and 6 months working with Rolls-Royce Nuclear on SMR Reactor design.

Kasia Clarke

I studied Environmental Geoscience (BSc) at Bristol University before deciding to do the nuclear masters. During the MSc I attained a huge breadth of knowledge about the nuclear industry and have gained industrial experience with Sellafield along with hearing from numerous outside speakers. My individual masters’ project, investigating a potential next-generation nuclear fuel, prepared me with the skills required for further research. This has led to me now studying for a PhD at Bristol in the Interface Analysis Centre working on next-generation nuclear fuel cladding materials.

Liam Turton

My background is in Environmental Geoscience, a degree that mixes sciences like physics, chemistry and geology together. The Nuclear Science and Engineering MSc trained me to be a nuclear engineer while also allowing me to directly interact with industry. Guest speakers allowed me to see the challenges facing the nuclear sector and inspired me to become a part of this industry. I am now working with EDF and Atkins as a PhD student to investigate the seismic effects on nuclear reactor cores.