BSc Nuclear Science and Materials

General

Program Description

Undergraduate degree programme Nuclear Science and Materials BSc H821

This unique course, which has a student satisfaction rating of 95%, is designed to develop the skills and understanding required to prepare students for the Nuclear Sector. One of the major challenges the UK faces is reshaping how it generates electricity as there is a move away from fossil fuels. The Government are investing in the construction of a suite of new nuclear power stations which could deliver up to 40% of the UK’s electricity. There is a significant demand for graduates to work in this rapidly growing sector.

The University has over 50 years’ of experience in teaching the physics of nuclear reactors and associated research. There are very strong links with the nuclear industry who recruit strongly from our educational programmes. These courses are affiliated with the Birmingham Centre for Nuclear Education and Research.

The present course combines modules in core physics, mathematics and computing together with engineering principles and materials, so that students possess engineering skills but have a grasp of the fundamental science. The course is a joint programme between the School of Metallurgy and Materials and the School of Physics and Astronomy, with additional courses being delivered by Engineering Schools.

By the end of the course students will have a broad grasp of physics and engineering principles together with a detailed understanding of nuclear reactor physics, engineering and materials together with an understanding of nuclear science and nuclear radiation.

Course Details

This course has been designed in response to demand from the Nuclear industry for a programme at undergraduate level to equip students with the fundamentals to help provide non-fossil fuel alternatives for our future energy requirements.

This course brings together a range of modules drawn from top ranked schools across the University. Students will study modules from the Schools of Physics and Metallurgy and Materials meaning that you will receive a first class grounding in the issues facing the nuclear industry today, taught by some of the leaders in their field.

The course offers a modular programme of study which normally leads to the award of Bachelor of Science (BSc) in three years.

Employability

Over the next ten years the UK will embark on an ambitious program of commissioning nuclear energy, creating opportunities from plant design and construction to finding sustainable ways of recycling nuclear materials. This new course has been designed in response to demand from industry for a programme at undergraduate level to equip students with the fundamentals to help provide non-fossil fuel alternatives for our future energy requirements. This challenging and growing field offers a range of well paid careers for graduates with strong technical and scientific skills.

We give you access to placement opportunities and careers advice and have strong links with a range of companies including:

  • Magnox North
  • NNL
  • British Energy
  • AMEC
  • Rolls-Royce M
  • Serco
  • HSE (NII)
  • Atkins
  • Babcock Marine
  • AWE
  • Nuclear Tech.
  • Frazer-Nash
  • BAE Systems
  • Westinghouse
  • Canberra
  • UKAEA
  • Aldersgate
  • EDF
  • E.ON
  • RWE NPower
  • Horizon NPower

Other areas that favour the problem-solving skills you will acquire are finance, law and marketing as well as teaching and/or research.

A rich vein of expertise will be available to you to tap into, not only through the University-level Careers Network, but from the School's own careers tutor. From these professionals you will gain the help needed to secure research or industry placements and, eventually, your graduate job.

Preparing for your future career should be one of the first things you think about as you start university. As one of our Materials students, exciting career choices will open up to you when you graduate with an accredited degree such as this. You could pursue a career in one of the automotive, aerospace or energy sectors; one of the manufacturing industries; or you could work in other areas of science and technology, such as materials testing or failure analysis. Other areas that favour the problem-solving skills you will acquire are finance, law and marketing as well as teaching and/or research.

Superb opportunities exist for you to gain industrial experience before you graduate. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in serious projects which ask difficult questions that require good engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job.

Another option is to join our MEng programme with industrial experience and spend up to six months with one of our industrial partners; usually between your third and fourth study years.

A rich vein of expertise will be available for you to tap into, not only through the University's dedicated Careers Network, but from the School's own industrial liaison officer. From these careers professionals you will gain the skills to help you secure a range of placements from vacation jobs to, eventually, your graduate job.

At School-level, you can opt to add a year to your programme, whatever the course you are studying, and spend this time on placement in industry. You will gain relevant work experience, and earn money putting into practice the skills and knowledge gained from your degree. Students on placement get involved in serious projects which ask searching questions that require good engineering answers - and which often lead to sponsorship and/or the offer of a graduate job. On successful completion of a placement in industry organised by the School, and success in your studies, you will be awarded the Certificate in Industrial Studies to add to your degree and improve your employability prospects.

At University-level, our unique careers guidance service is tailored to academic subject areas, offering a specialised team (in each of the five academic colleges) who can give you expert advice. Our team sources exclusive work experience opportunities to help you stand out amongst the competition, with mentoring, global internships and placements available to you. Once you have a career in your sights, one-to-one support with CVs and job applications will help give you the edge. In addition, our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.

We also offer voluntary work which complements your studies by helping you gain practical experiences in occupational settings while contributing back to society. This can bring new skills that will be useful throughout your future and can make a positive impact on your learning whilst at university. Volunteering enables you to develop skills such as communication, interpersonal skills, teamwork, self-confidence and self-discipline all of which can be transferred into your studies.

Whichever of the above forms of careers guidance, or combination of such, you select you will find your prospects for employment after graduation considerably enhanced. If you make the most of the wide range of careers advice we can offer, you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

Career destinations of previous graduates include:

  • Rolls Royce,
  • AeroEngine Controls,
  • Jaguar Land Rover,
  • BMW Group,
  • BP,
  • Tata Steel,
  • Schlumberger,
  • Doncasters Limited,
  • Sandvik,
  • BAe Systems

Cost & Fees

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2016/17 are as follows:

  • £9,000 (Home/EU students)
  • £18,000 (International Students)
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

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Birmingham is a truly global university producing world-leading research. We benefit from mutual partnerships with a wide range of international institutions and host a large international community of researchers and students. With over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries, and 31% of our academic staff from overseas, our campus is truly a diverse and global place which attracts the brightest and best international students and staff. Read less