A new concept in postgraduate-level training for the nuclear sector has been developed by a strong consortium of UK universities and HE institutions. The breadth and format of the training is designed to meet the UK's projected nuclear skills requirements in decommissioning and clean-up, reactor technology, fusion and nuclear medicine.
The consortium is the Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC) and comprises the Universities of Birmingham, Central Lancashire, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, City University, London, Defence Academy - College of Management and Technology, Imperial College London and UHI Millennium Institute. Together these institutions represent more than 90% of the nuclear postgraduate teaching expertise residing in the UK's universities and research institutes. NTEC thus provides a one-stop shop for a range of postgraduate training in Nuclear Science & Technology which is unparalleled in the UK.
The structure and content of the programme, which leads to qualifications up to Master's level in Nuclear Science & Technology, was established following extensive consultations with the UK nuclear sector, including industry, regulators, MoD, NDA, Government Departments and the Cogent Sector Skills Council.
It has been designed specifically with the needs of the nuclear sector in mind
It offers an extremely broad portfolio of subjects, from reactor theory through decommissioning to waste disposal & storage, the subject matter being presented by leading specialists in their field
Each topic is presented in short course format which is ideal for employees within the industry
Great flexibility: the modular format allows students to undertake an MSc on a part-time basis over a period of 3 years as well as full-time in 1 year
Students may also undertake a Postgraduate Diploma or Postgraduate Certificate within the framework of the programme
It is ideal for employee development: each module may be taken as a standalone short course for Continuing Professional Development purposes
The core of each module is one week of direct teaching at the relevant institution, minimising the time away from the workplace for an employee whilst maximising its effectiveness
A Distance Learning option is developed
All modules are delivered by direct teaching but some have been converted into a distance learning format as an alternative method of delivery to provide greater choice for students. The first modules in this format were launched in September 2008.
Modules are generally delivered on the campus of the providing institution. Students seeking a postgraduate qualification register with the university of their choice and visit other members of the consortium to attend their selected modules.
The programme is coordinated by the Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester.
The NTEC MSc is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Energy Institute (EI) and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3). Accreditation is on going with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).