The UK is embarking on an ambitious program to construct new nuclear power plants, starting with the construction of EDF’s Hinkley Point C in the South West. Simultaneously, the next stage of fusion power is underway with the construction of ITER in France. There is a growing need for new engineers, physicists and materials science to join the growing nuclear sector in the UK and across the globe. The MSc in nuclear science and engineering is designed to give students a broad backing in the scientific and engineering considerations in nuclear fission and fusion plants, using a hand-tailored selection of nuclear focused lecture courses, site visits and research projects. Here’s what a few graduates from the MSc in nuclear science and engineering had to say about the course:
Environmental radioactivity, radionuclide contamination and nuclear science were a big part of my undergraduate study in Environmental Geoscience which drew me to the MSc. The opportunity to utilise the industry links provided by the MSc would allow me to gain a strong start to a career in nuclear.
I am undertaking a PhD in the Interface Analysis Centre within the University of Bristol School of Physics for the next 3 years and after, I intend to remain in the nuclear industry working on nuclear material science and settle in the South West.
The MSc gave me the strong practical and analytical skills required for further research that led to me undertaking a PhD. The numerous guest lectures, conference visits and the physics, engineering, environmental and material science approaches to the units gave me a great understanding of each aspect of the nuclear industry.
The Nuclear Industry is an innovative an exciting area to work and the MSc was the first opportunity to study in a nuclear field at Bristol.
I got to experience two different sides to nuclear, both the engineering and physics side were covered, which gives a flexibility other courses may not give.
The lectures were good, but the lecturers were the highlight, all of them were enthusiastic and extremely helpful. There were also a considerable number of guest lectures from experts in industry, who gave an immensely broad experience of what the nuclear industry was like.
Having the hub as a study space was fantastic, it allowed me to work while feeling a part of the nuclear community building itself as part of Bristol.
Sree Harsha Ramamurthy
My initial inspiration to study MSc in Nuclear Science at Bristol was Hans Bethe’s book “The road from Los Alamos”. He is often considered as one of the greatest nuclear physicists of the 20th century and I didn’t hesitate to apply to Bristol, which was Han’s Alma Mater.
Bristol is absolutely one of the greatest cities in the world. It is very independent and you can find anything from restaurants to shops, hotels to museums and nightclubs.
I have always been inspired by the potential of the Nuclear Energy to solve the energy crisis and an MSc in nuclear science is the first step toward that career. Afterwards, I intend to do a PhD in nuclear engineering, focussing more on the problems faced in making the nuclear fusion technology commercially viable.
I’ve been concerned about global energy shortage and I regard nuclear energy as the main part of energy in the future. Therefore, I decided to learn nuclear engineering in my undergraduate degree.
The Hub has a lot of opportunities for students to achieve their goals such as internships from industrial partners, PhD funding, nuclear career fair and so on.
For me, this MSc programme is like a sponge, it absorbs everyone with different backgrounds, it absorbs both science and engineering units and it absorbs different countries and cultures without being out of balance. Because of this, it is an excellent platform for brain storms and idea inspiration.
Graham Hemingway, Megan Taylor, Harvey Johnson
The MSc set me up really well, because the industry connections gave me a really good understanding of the problems and challenges in the real world, rather than just theoretically or academically.
Senior people came in from across the nuclear industry – from licensed companies to operators and consultancies – and it was really interesting to hear their opinions and to see how they look at a situation
These graduates were featured in a Physics World article in August 2018 speaking about their experiences and highlights of the programme.Read article