Nuclear Reactor and Health Physics

TBC for 2019

Course overview

This course describes the international legislative framework of radiation protection.  From this starting point 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. The module completes with a general assessment of the concept of risk.

Course aims

Aim: To give a thorough understanding of the underlying philosophy and the practical implementation of the ICRP system of radiological protection.  To encourage a quantitative approach to radiological protection; and to illustrate the need for a detailed understanding of the sources of radiation exposure and methods for applying the principles of radiation protection for ionising radiation.

Apply for this course

To apply for this course, please contact Barbara Steel.

Learning outcomes

After completing this module, the student should be able to: 

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

Discipline specific skills

  • Critical analysis of data to gain ability to perform simplified dose calculations  

Personal and key skills

  • Ability to understand case studies illustrating a holistic approach to radiation protection and methods for applying the principles of radiation protection and radiation safety.

The Lecturers

  • Professor Patrick Regan - biography to follow
  • Professor Roger Clarke - biography to follow
  • Professor Pete Bryant - biography to follow


  • The development of ICRP Policy over 80 years
  • The Risks of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation
  • ICRP Dosimetric Quantities and Units. 
  • The 2007 Recommendations of ICRP
  • Protecting People in the Event of a Radiological Emergency.

The Current Programme of Work of ICRP:

  • Reactor physics
  • neutron induced fission
  • energy release in fission
  • concept of neutron flux and cross-section
  • neutron cycle in thermal reactors
  • criticality
  • the four and six factor formulae
  • beta-delayed neutrons for control, moderators, nuclear power output calculation
  • 9 breeder reactions
  • Radioisotope inventory of irradiated fuel, amounts produced, fissile and fertile materials
  • Differences between thermal reactors and fast reactors; the role of plutonium and higher isotopes. Reactor control and operation, neutron lifetime and delayed neutrons
  • Nuclear Safety and the Regulatory Regime Radiation Protection and Regulatory Regime.

It will cover aspect as: 

  • Nuclear safety
  • Shielding design and modelling
  • Dose modelling
  • Safety cases
  • Radioactive waste management and disposal

Course Times - Timetable to be updated

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3




Introduction/Course Overview

 Radiation Uses and Sources and Weapons  

Assessment of Risk







 Basics of Atomic Physics  

Radiation in Practice


Dose and Biological Effects







 Nuclear Physics  

Regulatory and Safety Case


Design of Nuclear Facilities


LUNCH 12.00–13.00

 LUNCH 12.00–13.00  LUNCH 12.15–13.15







Physics Laboratory 1


Engineering Substantiation


Introduction to Seismic Design







Nuclear Reactors

Physics Laboratory 2
+ Dosimetry and Detectors

Introduction to Blast Design




NDA and Waste Disposal

The 210 PO Story

pm: The Chernobyl Incident   Review of Course;
Questions and answers;
Practical hints and tips;
Presentation of Certificates
    Close 17.30

Please note that this syllabus can be changed at the University of Surrey's discretion.

30 hours lectures:


Registration at 9:15am: Lectures: 10am-13pm with break then 14:00-17:00 

Tuesday- Thursday

Lectures: 9am - 13:00 with break then 14:00-17:00 with break


Lectures: 10:00-13:00 



Topics to follow



Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes:

  • £1500 - Early bird rate for registration received by 11 January 2018
  • £1700  For Registrations received after 11 January 2018

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