Nuclear Engineering BEng Hons - 2019 Entry

UCAS Code
H820

Entry Year
2019

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

Nuclear engineers design, build and operate equipment and processes that benefit humanity. Our programme focuses on creativity and ingenuity to develop your design and implementation skills, and prepare you for your chosen career.

Nuclear applications cover a broad range of sectors from healthcare and cancer treatment through to power generation, national security and decommissioning activity. The industry is set to expand over the next ten years. With an estimated international spend of around £930 billion for building new reactors and £250 billion for decommissioning those coming offline, there is potential for the generation of 40,000 jobs in the UK nuclear sector alone.

Your degree will begin with a common first year, where you will be taught a series of modules that are taken by all first-year engineering students. We will introduce you to many of the key features of engineering, equipping you with a well-rounded understanding and skill set. Following the first year, you will have the opportunity to consider and plan your academic progression. At this stage, you may choose to begin your Nuclear Engineering study, or move onto any of our other specialist programmes.

Specialist modules in nuclear engineering begin in the second year, where you will also continue to develop your core skills as an engineer. This year you will study modules covering topics such as nuclear chemistry, nuclear engineering systems and nuclear safety. As our flexible programme begins to focus in on core aspects of nuclear engineering, you will develop practical skills, and test and analyse your design ideas in the laboratory or through computer simulation, using engineering IT tools.

On this programme, you may decide to spend a year in industry, gaining valuable experience and enhancing your employability. We have extensive links built through our leadership in research and have students undergoing placements with multinational corporate companies through to smaller specialist SMEs. We would recommend the most appropriate time to do this would be at the end of year two, once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge.

Your third year enables you to apply your skills in an individual project, during which you will learn to use professional software and develop your research and design skills further. You will also gain specialist knowledge, develop an interdisciplinary approach, and apply engineering principles to analyse key processes. This experience will allow you to grow and enhance your professional and discipline specific skills, and you will gain relevant real-world experience.

Our BEng degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, and provides a solid foundation in the essentials of engineering science and a deeper capability in nuclear engineering.

All of your teaching is delivered by world-class academics and shaped by their outstanding research output. You will gain hands-on experience with access to cutting-edge facilities and an array of high-quality equipment in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building.

MEng Nuclear Engineering

We also offer a MEng Nuclear Engineering programme, which has been accredited as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. This programme provides further skills, knowledge and experience, with a focus on leadership and management. Students wanting to transfer to this programme must achieve a minimum threshold at the end of year two.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Nuclear engineers design, build and operate equipment and processes that benefit humanity. Our programme focuses on creativity and ingenuity to develop your design and implementation skills, and prepare you for your chosen career.

    Nuclear applications cover a broad range of sectors from healthcare and cancer treatment through to power generation, national security and decommissioning activity. The industry is set to expand over the next ten years. With an estimated international spend of around £930 billion for building new reactors and £250 billion for decommissioning those coming offline, there is potential for the generation of 40,000 jobs in the UK nuclear sector alone.

    Your degree will begin with a common first year, where you will be taught a series of modules that are taken by all first-year engineering students. We will introduce you to many of the key features of engineering, equipping you with a well-rounded understanding and skill set. Following the first year, you will have the opportunity to consider and plan your academic progression. At this stage, you may choose to begin your Nuclear Engineering study, or move onto any of our other specialist programmes.

    Specialist modules in nuclear engineering begin in the second year, where you will also continue to develop your core skills as an engineer. This year you will study modules covering topics such as nuclear chemistry, nuclear engineering systems and nuclear safety. As our flexible programme begins to focus in on core aspects of nuclear engineering, you will develop practical skills, and test and analyse your design ideas in the laboratory or through computer simulation, using engineering IT tools.

    On this programme, you may decide to spend a year in industry, gaining valuable experience and enhancing your employability. We have extensive links built through our leadership in research and have students undergoing placements with multinational corporate companies through to smaller specialist SMEs. We would recommend the most appropriate time to do this would be at the end of year two, once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge.

    Your third year enables you to apply your skills in an individual project, during which you will learn to use professional software and develop your research and design skills further. You will also gain specialist knowledge, develop an interdisciplinary approach, and apply engineering principles to analyse key processes. This experience will allow you to grow and enhance your professional and discipline specific skills, and you will gain relevant real-world experience.

    Our BEng degree is accredited by the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET) and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) as meeting partial fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer, and provides a solid foundation in the essentials of engineering science and a deeper capability in nuclear engineering.

    All of your teaching is delivered by world-class academics and shaped by their outstanding research output. You will gain hands-on experience with access to cutting-edge facilities and an array of high-quality equipment in our state-of-the-art Engineering Building.

    MEng Nuclear Engineering

    We also offer a MEng Nuclear Engineering programme, which has been accredited as meeting complete fulfilment of the educational requirements to become a Chartered Engineer. This programme provides further skills, knowledge and experience, with a focus on leadership and management. Students wanting to transfer to this programme must achieve a minimum threshold at the end of year two.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB

    Required Subjects A level Mathematics and a Physical Science, for example, Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Computer Science, Design & Technology or Further Mathematics.

    GCSE Minimum of five GCSEs at grade B or 6 to include Mathematics, and GCSE English Language at grade C or 4

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in Mathematics HL and 6 in a Physical Science at HL

    BTEC (Pre-2016 specifications): Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in Mathematics for Engineering Technicians and Further Mathematics for Engineering Technicians units

    BTEC (2016 specifications): Distinction, Distinction, Distinction in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in the following units – Unit 1 Engineering Principles, Unit 3 Engineering Product Design and Manufacture, Unit 6 Microcontroller Systems for Engineers, Unit 7 Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems and Unit 8 Further Engineering Mathematics.

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    Our graduates go on to excel in a wide range of industries, working in defence, medicine, materials, nuclear power, physics, and radiation protection and measurement. Professional roles can vary and include:

    • Health and Safety Specialist
    • Instrumentation and Control Engineer
    • Process Design and Nuclear Systems Engineer
    • Reactor Operator

    Nuclear engineering graduates are also well positioned for careers in electronic, mechanical or applications engineering.

    Alternatively, you may wish to undertake postgraduate level study at Lancaster and pursue a career in research or teaching.

    Our Careers Service offers a wide range of support and advice and we host a Science and Technology Careers Fair every year, allowing you to make valuable business connections.

    We are often approached by external companies to help solve problems that are specific to engineering. We view such problems as opportunities, and with the expertise that you gain during your degree, it will be your job to solve these challenges in small teams.  Our current students and recent graduates can also apply for relevant paid work experience through the Science and Technology Internship Programme.

    We strive to empower all our graduates with the skills, confidence and experience they need to achieve a successful career.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2019/20 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2018 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £18,890

    Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

    Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.

    Funding

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    It will be necessary for students to purchase clothing for use in laboratories which is approximately £70. The University pays for student membership of the Institute of Engineering and Technology where appropriate plus contributes to specialist software and workshop materials.

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews. 

Full or partial CEng eligibility
Full or partial CEng eligibility

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Weekly contact hours

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Lecture hours

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Lab hours

Make our degrees yours

Here at Lancaster, we like to think we're a bit different to other engineering departments. We are one of only a handful of general engineering departments in the country. This reflects the multi-disciplined approach you will find in industry, where a growing demand for a new breed of engineer has emerged. Employers now seek engineers who can integrate their knowledge within multidisciplinary project teams. You will leave Lancaster equipped with the knowledge and experience that modern businesses want.

Friendly and Collaborative

Our friendly, informal and collaborative atmosphere help those who work and study here achieve success. Class sizes are small, meaning you will always be a name and never a number here. You'll get to know your lecturers and support staff in person and our open door policy means you can call in for help and advice at any time. This one-to-one support is something our students really appreciate during the big jump from college to university.

Innovative Teaching

We have world-leading academics, who are involved in state-of-the-art research which influences the material that we teach. We adopt innovative teaching methods including the pioneering use of creative project work and a design-build-test approach to learning, helping our students learn interactively and gain hands-on experience. We are an International Partner in the CDIO™ initiative, which seeks to revolutionise engineering education.

Professional Experience

Many of our degrees have the option to work on projects and dissertations for external companies. We also offer industrial placements and industry-specific modules. Our excellent links with industry mean that we can source challenging and constructive projects which are mutually beneficial to the companies and students involved.

Facilities

The Engineering Department houses a wide range of facilities covering many areas from renewable energy to high-frequency electromagnetics. Our state-of-the-art equipment is in active use for world-leading research, as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects.

3D Printing

3D Printing

We have a wide range of 3D printers and additive manufacturing technology, allowing you to easily create bespoke components for your projects.

Robotics

Robotics

Our robotics laboratory is specially catered for designing and making robots for use in hazardous locations, such as nuclear power plants.

Wave Energy Tank

Wave Energy Tank

Our wave tank is a valuable teaching aid. This allows us to observe the behaviour of surface waves and how they can affect large-scale engineering projects.

Chemical Labs

Chemical Labs

Our chemical laboratories allow us to engineer better materials for new technological developments. You will study corrosion, conductivity and electrochemical impedence.

Careers and Employability

With a strong focus on industrial projects, internships and work experience, our degrees will provide you with the support you need to achieve your career aspirations. Our undergraduate degrees provide excellent employment prospects. We provide careers advice and host a number of events throughout the year.

Industrial Experience

Industrial Experience

You can take time out of your degree to work in industry. This fully paid employment will give you valuable experience and connections.

Internships

Internships

You can apply for relevant, paid work experience. Internships allow you to apply your academic knowledge in real-world situations and get paid too.

Careers Support

Careers Support

Our careers service offers lifetime support, help and friendly advice. Search for opportunities or explore options for further study.

Postgraduate

Postgraduate

After you have graduated, you will have the opportunity to continue your studies to the level of Masters or PhD.

Employment Destinations

Graduates at Lancaster go on to work in some of the most prestigious engineering firms in the world.

Mercedes AMG

Mercedes AMG

Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce

Sellafield Ltd

Sellafield Ltd

EDF Energy

EDF Energy

Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover

Siemens

Siemens

BAE Systems

BAE Systems

National Grid

National Grid

Network Rail

Network Rail

Transport for London

Transport for London

Student Opportunities

There are many opportunities for you to get involved with which will enhance your degree and add value to your CV.

STEM Ambassador

You will have the opportunity to become a STEM Ambassador, allowing you to network with employers at various regional and national events. You will develop communication, presentation and time-management skills in this role.

Prizes and Awards

You could win prizes, such as the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) prize for Outstanding Projects and Excellent Performance, or the Ede & Ravenscroft Women into Science Prize which rewards female students for their outstanding academic achievement.

Engineering Society

The society puts on numerous events throughout the year, organise talks and plan industrial visits. It’s a great way to make new friends and create memories during your time at University.

Meet our Students

Our students can tell you what it is really like to study at Lancaster University.

Donval Parker

Donval Parker

MEng Mechatronic Engineering
“I chose the mechatronics course at Lancaster because I enjoyed learning about mechanical and electrical/electronic engineering; this degree allows me to do both. I learn so much from the academic staff who are also active researchers in their respective fields.”

Laura Gould

Laura Gould

MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering
“I initially applied to General Engineering, then after the first year I was able to move onto the Electronic and Electrical Engineering course. Lancaster’s Engineering Department is like its own little community, the amount of group projects means you know most of the people in your year across the whole range of engineering disciplines and can always get help with work.”

Michelle Zemura

Michelle Zemura

MEng Mechanical Engineering
“The engineering courses are not only well balanced in terms of labs and lectures but also lecturers and PhD students are largely accessible if you need any help or guidance. The campus itself has great facilities and has everything you need to successfully complete your studies and still be involved in your other interests.”

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