Nuclear Engineering MEng Hons - 2021 Entry

UCAS Code
H821

Entry Year
2021

A Level Requirements
AAA see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Nuclear engineers design, build and operate equipment and processes that benefit humanity. Our Masters programme focuses on creativity and ingenuity to develop your design and implementation skills to an advanced level, 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. Our degree programme is flexible as to when this occurs, but we would recommend the best opportunity is once you have gained a reasonable amount of engineering knowledge. Therefore, most appropriate time would be at the end of second or third year.

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.

The MEng programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. The degree is also professionally accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). 

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.

In the fourth year, you will be guided by our research excellence in nuclear instrumentation; nuclear decommissioning; and chemical processes; as well as our partnerships with Sellafield Ltd, Westinghouse Springfield Fuels Ltd and other specialist companies. You will undertake a group project that will allow you to experience a prolonged, live project that requires a multidisciplinary approach. Working in collaboration with an industry partner, or as part of one of our research activities, you will develop the ability to critically analyse and evaluate a project brief, gain experience in project management and learn to input your specialism into a wider context. This experience will be essential in preparing you for a graduate career.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAA

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

GCSE Minimum of four 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 36 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including either:

  1. Mathematics HL grade 6 (either pathway) plus grade 6 in a HL Physical Science
  2. Mathematics HL grade 6 (either pathway) plus grade 6 in two SL Physical Sciences
  3. Mathematics SL grade 7 (Analysis and Approaches) plus HL grade 6 in a Physical Science

Acceptable physical science subjects include Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Design Technology.

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. Unit 8 Further Engineering Mathematics is highly recommended.

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. 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

Detailed module information for this undergraduate programme will follow shortly. However, if you have any questions please contact the department.

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 PhD 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.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Fees and Funding

Fees

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2021/22 are:

UK International
£9,250 £24,070

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the 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 information about this on our Island Fees page.

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. 

Course accreditations

Full or partial CEng eligibility

Further details about accreditations Learn More

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Joe Spires, MEng Hons Nuclear Engineering

A place for Joe

The Engineering Department has great connections with the UK nuclear industry and the lecturers have really gone the extra mile to help me find placements. The relatively small engineering cohort means the staff have a lot more time to give you outside of lectures.

The course is diverse and interesting. You still get to study all of the regular engineering topics, but it’s combined with physics, chemistry and an understanding of the social and economic forces driving the nuclear industry. Some of the best parts of studying Nuclear Engineering have to be the off-site visits (such as touring a local nuclear reactor in Heysham) as these bring the course to life.

I think Nuclear Engineering is a great course to study, as it doesn’t limit you to working in nuclear power. Actually, every employer I’ve spoken to has been enthusiastic and positive about my degree choice.

Joe Spires, MEng Hons Nuclear Engineering

Your typical first year

All of our degrees share a common first year of study. This will give you an excellent grounding in all aspects of engineering, before you develop more specialist knowledge.

Lectures

Lectures are like classroom lessons you have experienced. They differ in that group sizes can vary between large and small numbers. The prime purpose of a lecture is to impart knowledge and to develop your understanding of a subject. It is important to extract the content and the message of the information presented.

Tutorials

We reinforce our modules with a scheme of weekly tutorial workshops. These are small groups of students with a member of academic staff as a tutor. For engineering tutorials, there will be question sheets and exercises for you to complete as well as the opportunity to discuss the wider context of the work. This can include ethics, careers and any other material important to your development as individual learners and professional engineers. Maths workshops will help you to apply your mathematical skills to other material covered in lectures.

Laboratory work and projects

In your first year, you will spend two afternoons per week in lab work. This will either be practical work in the laboratory or computer programming sessions.

Independent learning

You should spend about half of your time on independent learning. This includes reading your notes from lectures, further reading, coursework, practical work linked to modules and tutorials and preparation for exams.

Conceive Design Implement Operate

Our degrees are underpinned by the CDIO(TM) framework to prepare you for industry careers. It provides you with an education stressing engineering fundamentals. These set you in the context of Conceiving, Designing, Implementing and Operating real-world systems and products.

Keep your options open

If you're unsure of which area of specialisation you'd like to go into upon application, you can use the UCA code H100 Engineering to leave your options open. The common first year lets you change your specialisation allowing a more informed choice at the end of year one, subject to meeting the requirements of that course.

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The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and similar will differ from year to year. Taken as an average over all years of the course, you will spend an average of 12.5 hours per week in lectures, seminars and similar during term time.

A broad range of assessments methods will be used throughout the degree. As a guide, 49% of assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course.

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