Nuclear Reactor and Health Physics

Key information

Start date:
To be confirmed

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This course describes the international legislative framework of radiation protection. From international legislative framework of radiation protection, the course covers population and personal exposures to radiation, the principles of dose calculations, and example procedures for implementing radiation protection programmes. Nuclear reactor safety case work is also discussed.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical analysis understanding of principles of radiation protection 
  • Perform simplified dose calculations from original data to show problem solving aspects of such work 
  • Understand case studies illustrating a holistic approach to radiation protection in a wide range of applications.

Course content

Content includes the following:

  • Beta-delayed neutrons for control, moderators, nuclear power output calculation
  • Concept of neutron flux and cross-section
  • Criticality
  • Differences between thermal reactors and fast reactors; the role of plutonium and higher isotopes
  • Dose modelling
  • Energy release in fission
  • Neutron cycle in thermal reactors
  • Neutron induced fission
  • Nine breeder reactions
  • Nuclear safety and the regulatory regime radiation protection and regulatory regime.
  • Radioactive waste management and disposal.
  • Radioisotope inventory of irradiated fuel, amounts produced, fissile and fertile materials
  • Reactor control and operation, neutron lifetime and delayed neutrons
  • Reactor physics
  • Safety cases
  • Shielding design and modelling
  • The four and six factor formulae.

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Lectures.

Course leader

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Professor Patrick Regan

NPL Professor of Nuclear Metrology

Entry requirements

There are no prerequisites required for this course.

Fees and funding

Fees are to be confirmed

How to apply

To apply for this short course please contact the Faculty Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel at who will help process your application.

Terms and conditions

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  • Cancellations notified in writing ten working days before the event; we charge a cancellation fee of 35 per cent of the standard rate. If we have already received payment we refund 65 per cent of the full fee.
  • Cancellations within 10 working days before the event; We charge these at the full rate and do not give refunds.
  • If no written notice of cancellation is received, no refund can be made.
  • The University of Surrey reserves the right to cancel any event. In this case, the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged. Details of event changes or cancellations are available by phoning +44 (0)1483 686040.
  • Delegates can make a provisional registration for a course by telephone or email. However bookings are only acknowledged formally once payment has been received.
  • Substitutions from the same company may be made following consultation with the Continuing Education Manager.
  • The University reserves the right to cancel any course on the grounds of insufficient numbers or for other reasons beyond our control. In this case the full fee will be refunded unless a mutually convenient transfer can be arranged.
  • Registrations cannot be accepted without a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.
  • Proof of payment.
  • Registrations must come with a valid purchase order, credit card payment or cheque.


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Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Barbara Steel Faculty Continuing Education Manager

University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH