Module Summaries

Decommissioning

N04 Decommissioning, Radioactive Waste and Environmental Management Download syllabus Syllabus

Examines and explains the process of decommissioning and considers how the related requirements should be taken into account in plant and equipment design. It establishes the requirements of the decontamination and clean-up process. The principles of the disposal and storage of nuclear waste are identified. The module covers the environmental principles underpinning the management of nuclear waste.

N07 Nuclear Safety Case Development Download syllabus Syllabus

This module describes the statutory framework that regulates the nuclear industry and the overriding requirement to demonstrate, through an adequate and appropriate safety case, that all hazards associated with operations are effectively managed and controlled. It examines the fundamental building blocks of a 'modern standards safety case' and the supporting processes and methodologies used in developing them.

N10 Processing, Storage & Disposal of Nuclear Wastes Download syllabus Syllabus

Reviews the basic approaches to nuclear waste management and introduces the fundamental principles of nuclear waste processing, storage and disposal. The main types of waste and schemes for their processing and packaging are discussed highlighting cementation and vitrification immobilisation technologies.

N31 Management of the Decommissioning Process Download syllabus Syllabus

Introduces the importance of making a sound case for a particular project to proceed. It covers both the financial and economic evaluation of projects, drawing the distinction between pure financial parameters and the broader economic cost benefit analysis approach. The course module goes on to cover the management of individual projects using modern proven project management techniques with case studies and real examples.

Nuclear Technology

N01* Reactor Physics, Criticality & Design Download syllabus Syllabus

After reviewing the history of the industry, different reactor designs are considered together with an overview of their basic features. Reactor physics are examined in some depth, including nuclear physics, reactor physics, criticality and radioactive decay. Reactor control and safety, accidents and risk assessment, containment and core layout and end of life issues are reviewed, concluding with consideration of advanced reactor design.
* This module is a prerequisite for the N32 module (Experimental Reactor Physics).

N02 Nuclear Fuel Cycle Download syllabus Syllabus

The purpose of this module is to describe the nuclear fuel cycle and examine in detail, the technical, economical, safety and environmental issues involved during each stage. The module covers the entire cycle from the extraction of ore to the disposal of waste. The processes involved in reprocessing of fuel are examined and the consequences reprocessing has, in terms of reactor fuel design and waste disposal, are discussed. Each stage is described on an international scale examining global markets and capacities.

N03* Radiation & Radiological Protection Download syllabus Syllabus

Explains the properties of different types of radiation occurring as a result of nuclear processes and identifies means whereby levels of radiation and dosages can be detected and measured. The principles of radiation protection and shielding are outlined and demonstrated through practical experience with radioactive sources and detection equipment. The module concludes with an overview of ionising radiation regulations and legislation governing the impact of radiation on people and the environment. The safe handling of accidents is illustrated through case studies of real incidents.
* This module is a prerequisite for the N23 module (Radiological Environmental Impact Assessment).

N07 Nuclear Safety Case Development Download syllabus Syllabus

This module describes the statutory framework that regulates the nuclear industry and the overriding requirement to demonstrate, through an adequate and appropriate safety case, that all hazards associated with operations are effectively managed and controlled. It examines the fundamental building blocks of a 'modern standards safety case' and the supporting processes and methodologies used in developing them.

N13 Criticality Safety Management Download syllabus Syllabus

Provides a comprehensive introduction to nuclear criticality safety and the management of nuclear criticality safety in facilities, or situations, where fissile materials are encountered outside a nuclear reactor. This module, which reflects the core competencies specified by the United Kingdom Working Party on Criticality (WPC), consists of a basic nuclear reactor physics and fuel cycle pre-course reading component (mandatory for students who have not yet completed the N01 module) and a one-week taught component which includes a presentation from a visiting lecturer from industry/government, and an introduction to the use of Monte-Carlo codes for criticality safety analysis. The taught component is followed by a challenging post-course criticality safety assessment that is designed to consolidate knowledge gained during the course and to enable students to join industry with a solid understanding of the criticality safety process.

Elective Modules - Suggested Streams

Decommissioning

N08 Particle Engineering in the Nuclear Industry Download syllabus Syllabus

The understanding of particulate systems is of great importance to the modern nuclear industry from fuel manufacture, reactor coolant flows, and waste management. For example, during the clean-up and decommissioning of nuclear sites particle science challenges are often encountered; no greater challenge than the safe processing and long-term storage of legacy wastes (particle sludges and suspensions). Understanding how particles behave in these systems is fundamental to their performance, and an ability to control particle interactions creates opportunity to manipulate the rheology (flow), separation and particle packing in wet and dry systems. This module introduces methods to characterize particle properties, size, shape, roughness and surface charge to name just a few, and explains how those properties affect the physical response of bulk fluids (suspensions) and powders. Lectures will be complemented by problem-based learning activities and laboratory practicals which are designed to validate the theoretical and empirical learning outcomes of the module. The laboratory practicals will be conducted in the new flow facilities at the University of Leeds and will use a range of instruments that are typically deployed on nuclear sites.

N09 Policy, Regulation & Licensing Download syllabus Syllabus

The nuclear industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK. Regulatory issues necessarily impact upon the development of national policy in environmental and energy areas. This module covers the international and national legal frameworks for nuclear power and radioactive waste management including licensing issues covered by the Nuclear Installations Act, discharge authorisations under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, transport of radioactive material and planning for new build. The roles of the various regulatory bodies and other players are discussed. The module also addresses the role of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, decommissioning of nuclear facilities and UK radioactive waste management policies and national strategies. Students are introduced to basic legal principles as applied in the nuclear sector and are shown how to read case law and apply their knowledge to legal problems.

Environment & Safety

N09 Policy, Regulation & Licensing Download syllabus Syllabus

The nuclear industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK. Regulatory issues necessarily impact upon the development of national policy in environmental and energy areas. This module covers the international and national legal frameworks for nuclear power and radioactive waste management including licensing issues covered by the Nuclear Installations Act, discharge authorisations under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, transport of radioactive material and planning for new build. The roles of the various regulatory bodies and other players are discussed. The module also addresses the role of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, decommissioning of nuclear facilities and UK radioactive waste management policies and national strategies. Students are introduced to basic legal principles as applied in the nuclear sector and are shown how to read case law and apply their knowledge to legal problems.

N10 Processing, Storage & Disposal of Nuclear Wastes Download syllabus Syllabus

Reviews the basic approaches to nuclear waste management and introduces the fundamental principles of nuclear waste processing, storage and disposal. The main types of waste and schemes for their processing and packaging are discussed highlighting cementation and vitrification immobilisation technologies.

N23* Radiological Environmental Impact Assessment Download syllabus Syllabus

This module provides knowledge and experience in the application of methodologies used to assess the impact of routine or accidental discharges of radioactive material into the atmosphere or marine environment. The physical, chemical and radiological processes covered include atmospheric and marine dispersion, deposition, the uptake of radioactive material by humans, animals and crops and incorporation into foodstuffs. Methods are developed for assessing individual radiation dose to members of the critical group and for collective dose to the population. In order to provide further context, the module also provides a perspective on actual radioactive discharges from operating plants and discusses the regulatory framework for controlling and monitoring such discharges.
* The N03 module (Radiation & Radiological Protection) is a prerequisite for this module.

Nuclear Technology

N06 Reactor Materials & Lifetime Behaviour Download syllabus Syllabus

This module describes the science and engineering of reactor materials, and the factors that influence the lifetime of these materials, including corrosion, environmentally-assisted fracture, and irradiation embrittlement. Other topics covered in this module include fracture mechanics and structural integrity, non-destructive evaluation techniques, as well as plant monitoring and lifetime issues. Also considered are materials specifications and fabrication processes for materials used in nuclear power systems.

N09 Policy, Regulation & Licensing Download syllabus Syllabus

The nuclear industry is one of the most heavily regulated industries in the UK. Regulatory issues necessarily impact upon the development of national policy in environmental and energy areas. This module covers the international and national legal frameworks for nuclear power and radioactive waste management including licensing issues covered by the Nuclear Installations Act, discharge authorisations under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, transport of radioactive material and planning for new build. The roles of the various regulatory bodies and other players are discussed. The module also addresses the role of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, decommissioning of nuclear facilities and UK radioactive waste management policies and national strategies. Students are introduced to basic legal principles as applied in the nuclear sector and are shown how to read case law and apply their knowledge to legal problems.

N11 Radiation Shielding Download syllabus Syllabus

This module gives an introduction to radiation shielding merging practical problems with industry standard transport codes in order to give a good understanding of the requirements for radiation shielding.

N12 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics Download syllabus Syllabus

This module describes the thermal hydraulic processes involved in the transfer of power from the core to secondary systems of nuclear power plants. Fundamental calculations associated with these processes will be explained, examples set and results discussed.

N32* Full-Time Experimental Reactor Physics (Vienna, Austria) Download syllabus Syllabus

The module is based at the TRIGA low power research reactor facility of the Vienna University of Technology/Atomic Institute in Vienna. Reactor neutronics and dynamics are demonstrated through experimental measurements of neutron fluxes, control rod calibrations, reactivity measurements and reactor power calibrations. An understanding and appreciation of the instrumentation and controls of a reactor are gained during the experiments and through hands-on operating experience at the reactor control panel. Safety aspects of reactor operation and fuel handling and inspection are emphasised.
* The N01 module (Reactor Physics, Criticality & Design) is a prerequisite for this module. This applies to Full-Time students.

N32* Part-Time Experimental Reactor Physics (Prague, Czech Republic) Download syllabus Syllabus

The module is held at the training rector VR-1 which is operated by Czech Technical University in Prague. The education and training within the module is oriented to the reactor physics, dosimetry, nuclear safety, and operation of nuclear reactor. The participants actively take part in all experiments, and independently evaluate acquired data. Principles of neutron detection, importance of delayed neutrons and their properties, reactor neutronics and dynamics are studied and demonstrated during various reactor experiments and measurements. An understanding of the reactor I&C and safety aspects of reactor operation are gained through hands-on reactor control.
* The N01 module (Reactor Physics, Criticality & Design) is a prerequisite for this module.