Programme Summary

NTEC offers part-time and full-time postgraduate courses in Nuclear Science & Technology. An extremely wide range of topics is available, from Reactor Physics to Nuclear Waste Disposal. NTEC was established in 2005 following extensive consultations with the UK nuclear sector, including industry, regulators, the Ministry of Defence, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, government departments and the Cogent Sector Skills Council. The seven UK universities and higher education institutions in the Consortium provide flexible postgraduate training for the nuclear sector with the breadth and format of the training designed to meet the UK's projected nuclear skills requirements in decommissioning and clean-up, reactor technology, fusion and nuclear medicine.

We are flexible in the way you complete your modules, you can either attend the one week taught module or take the distance learning version, as long as you complete the correct number of modules required for the award you are registered for.

Individual subjects are presented in ‘short course’ modular format, providing excellent access to the programme for engineers and managers in full-time employment who wish to advance their skill and knowledge base.

As a full time student, although you will only be in actual teaching for 8 weeks of the year, there will be much more work for you to do than this. Four weeks before each module, you will receive pre-course reading and possibly pre-course assignments to be completed before the start of the module. There are also post course assignments to complete for the modules and revision for the exams. At points of the year, you will be working on pre-course work, post course assignments and revision at the same time.

A list of the modules is given below together with the institution responsible for their provision and where the module is held. You can find more information on the delivery formats here.

From 2023-24 – University of Manchester UKVI full time international students, will have to attend the student hub on campus twice a week to confirm their attendance on campus. You will not have to do this during weeks when you are attending a course unit.

List of Modules and Providers

Due to unforeseen exceptional circumstances, the N07 - Nuclear Safety Case Development course unit will not be available in 2023-24

Module Provider Held in
N01 Reactor Physics, Criticality & Design The University of Birmingham Birmingham
N02 Nuclear Fuel Cycle University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

N03 Radiation & Radiological Protection The University of Manchester Manchester
N04 Decommissioning, Radioactive Waste and Environmental Management University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Preston
N06 Reactor Materials & Lifetime Behaviour The University of Manchester Manchester
N07 Nuclear Safety Case Development Nuclear Department, Navy Command Manchester
N08 Particle Engineering in the Nuclear Industry University of Leeds Leeds
N09 Policy, Regulation & Licensing The University of Manchester Manchester
N10 Processing, Storage & Disposal of Nuclear Waste The University of Sheffield Sheffield
N11 Radiation Shielding University of Liverpool Liverpool
N12 Reactor Thermal Hydraulics Nuclear Department, Navy Command Manchester
N13 Criticality Safety Management Nuclear Department, Navy Command Manchester
N15 Severe Accidents University of Liverpool Liverpool
N16 Chemical Aspects of Nuclear Technology University of Manchester Manchester
N31 Management of the Decommissioning Process  The University of Birmingham Birmingham
N32 Experimental Reactor Physics The University of Manchester Vienna, Austria / Prague, Czech Republic