Nuclear Reactor and Health Physics

This course describes the international legislative framework of radiation protection.


University of Surrey


To be confirmed

Number of days

Three weekdays

Hours of study

9am - 6pm

Course overview

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. The module completes with a general assessment of the concept of risk.

    Course details

    Please note that we reserve the right to alter the syllabus. Any major changes will be notified to delegates before the course starts.

    On successful completion of this course, you will 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.

    This course aims to:

    • Give a thorough understanding of the underlying philosophy and the practical implementation of the ICRP system of radiological protection
    • Encourage a quantitative approach to radiological protection
    • Illustrate the need for a detailed understanding of the sources of radiation exposure
    • Methods for applying the principles of radiation protection for ionising radiation.


    • The development of ICRP policy over 80 years
    • The risks of exposure to ionising radiation
    • ICRP dosimetric quantities and units. 
    • The 2007 recommendations of ICRP
    • Protecting people in the event of a radiological emergency.

    Aspects covered

    • 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
    • Nine 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.
    • Shielding design and modelling
    • Dose modelling
    • Safety cases
    • Radioactive waste management and disposal.


    For guidance, we give an indicative course timetable.

    Day one

    Time Activity
    9am - 9:30am Welcome
    introduction and course overview
    9:30 am - 10:45am Basics of atomic physics
    10:45am - 12 noon Nuclear physics
    12 noon - 1pm Lunch
    1pm - 3pm Physics laboratory one
    3:15pm - 4:30pm Nuclear reactors
    4:45pm - 6:15pm NDA and waste disposal

    Day two

    Time Activity
    8:30am - 10am Radiation uses and sources and weapons
    10:15am - 11:15am Radiation in practice
    11:15am - 12 noon Regulatory and safety case
    12 noon - 1pm Lunch
    1pm - 2pm Engineering substantiation
    2:15pm - 4:30pm Physics laboratory two
    and dosimetry and detectors
    5pm - 6pm The 210 PO story

    Day three

    Time Activity
    9am - 10:30am Assessment of risk
    10.30am - 11:15pm Dose and biological effects
    11:15pm - 12 noon Design of nuclear facilities
    12 noon - 1pm Lunch
    1pm - 3pm Introduction to seismic design
    3pm - 3:45pm Introduction to blast design
    3:45pm - 4:30pm Review of course
    Questions and answers
    Practical hints and tips
    Presentation of certificates.


    Price per person is to be confirmed.

    How to apply

    Payment can be accepted by purchase order, credit card or bank transfer on our online store, which will be available soon.

    Please note that we do not charge VAT as we are an educational establishment.

    Register your interest

    If you are interested in taking this course then please contact the Faculty Continuing Education Manager, Barbara Steel:

    Terms and conditions

    • 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.