NTEC comprises of the Universities of Birmingham, Central Lancashire, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, City University, London, Nuclear Department, Defence Academy and Imperial College London. Together these institutions represent more than 90% of the nuclear postgraduate teaching expertise residing in the UK's universities and research institutes.
10 modules are available in distance learning format. Each module contains the same syllabus as its counterpart delivered by taught teaching programme, has the same learning outcomes and are delivered once per annum at a fixed time in order to facilitate the concept of a 'virtual classroom'. The modules are available online for students to study for a period of 4 months.