Nuclear Engineering (Study Abroad)

BEng Hons

  • UCAS Code H822
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

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 course you will spend your third year studying at one of our overseas partner universities building your global outlook and connectivity.

Your final fourth 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.

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.

Lancaster University will make reasonable endeavours to place students at an approved overseas partner university that offers appropriate modules which contribute credit to your Lancaster degree. Occasionally places overseas may not be available for all students who want to study abroad or the place at the partner university may be withdrawn if core modules are unavailable. If you are not offered a place to study overseas, you will be able to transfer to the equivalent standard degree scheme and would complete your studies at Lancaster.

Lancaster University cannot accept responsibility for any financial aspects of the year or term abroad.

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.

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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

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 5 to include Mathematics at grade B or 6, 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 32 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, Merit 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, Merit in an Engineering related subject to include Distinctions in the following units – Unit 1 Engineering Principles, 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.

Fees and Funding

We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2023/24 entry fees have not yet been set.

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Tom Millen Engineering Scholarship

A generous donation from the family of Tom Millen will enable an outstanding Engineering student from a disadvantaged background to benefit from an annual bursary of £3,000.

This award is in memory of Tom Millen, who served as Superintendent of Laboratories and Workshops in the Engineering Department at Lancaster University. He began working for the Department in 1969 and retired in 1977.

Each year, a £3,000 bursary will be offered to support one Engineering student from a disadvantaged background who has performed at a high academic level at the start of their studies at Lancaster. It will be awarded to the first-year student during their second year who meets the following criteria:

  • The recipient must be a home fee-paying student.
  • The recipient must be from a disadvantaged background.
  • The recipient must pass all modules in the academic year on the first attempt and achieve the highest overall aggregate score from all modules (with a minimum of 17.5).

The bursary will be given in three £1,000 instalments over the course of the academic year. You do not need to apply for the scholarship - the selection process is internal.

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

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.

Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

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