Nuclear Metrology

Dates 11-15 March 2019 (TBC)

This course provides an introduction to nuclear metrology. It is taught by experts from the National Physical Laboratory.

Course overview

To provide an understanding of nuclear metrology for applications in the nuclear industry, environmental monitoring and nuclear medicine.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Gain an understanding of the basic concepts of nuclear metrology
  • Be able to discuss and assess the importance of calibrations standards, quality assurance and uncertainties
  • Be able to discuss problems inherent to nuclear forensic and nuclear dating
  • Be able to discuss how to demonstrate that measurements of radioactivity are accurate and follow national standards

Personal and key skills

  • Ability to discuss the problems inherent in nuclear metrology.

Discipline specific skills

  • Ability to discuss the problems inherent in nuclear metrology. 

The lecturers

  • P Ivanov
  • A Pearce
  • Dr G Lorusso/S Collins
  • S Jerome
  • At NPL/subject to H&S arrangements
  • Prof PH Regan.


Lecturer Title Lecture Hours
Dr S Jerome Introduction to radiation metrology
Calibration standards
Quality assurance
P Ivanov



A Pearce 

Primary standards
Reference materials

Dr G Lorusso/S Collins S Jerome 

Nuclear data: 

  • Why is important? 
  • How to measure? 
  • Where to get data from?

Nuclear forensics 

At NPL/subject to H&S arrangements Labs

Radiochemical separation (3h)

Liquid scintillation counter (3h)

Source preparation (3h)

Prof PH Regan: Alternative to Labs  Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) 9

Indicative timetable for guidance only

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

21 hours lectures + 9 hours labs:

Monday  -Wednesday

09:00-13:00 lectures

14:00-17:00 lectures


Venue for Labs: National Physical Laboratory in Teddington (tbc)


Lectures: 10am - 13:00 with break then 14:00-17:00 0 

Test 16:00-17:00


Topics to follow


Further information

Reading list

Radiation detection and measurement - Knoll, Glenn F. c2010


This is a week long course, from Monday 11 - Friday 15 March 2019, these dates are to be confirmed.


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

  • £1250 - Early bird rate
  • £1350 - Standard rate.

How to apply

To apply for this course, please contact Barbara Steel.

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

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
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University of Surrey