Nuclear Reactor and Health Physics

Dates 11-15 February 2019

This course describes the international legislative framework of radiation protection.

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 aims

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.

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


  • 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.

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.

Aspects covered

  • Nuclear safety
  • Shielding design and modelling
  • Dose modelling
  • Safety cases
  • Radioactive waste management and disposal.
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

9am - 9:30am

introduction and course overview

8:30am - 10am

Radiation uses and sources and weapons

9am - 10:30am

Assessment of risk

9:30am – 10:45am

Basics of atomic physics

10:15am - 11:15am

Radiation in practice

10.45am - 12:15pm

Dose and biological effects


10:45am - 12 noon

Nuclear physics


11:15am - 12 noon

Regulatory and safety case


1:15pm - 2:45pm

Design of nuclear facilities

12 noon - 1pm


12 noon - 1pm


12 noon - 1pm


1pm - 3pm

Physics laboratory 1

1pm - 2pm

Engineering substantiation

1:15pm - 2:45pm

Introduction to seismic design

3:15pm - 4:30pm

Nuclear reactors

2:15pm - 4:30pm

Physics laboratory 2
and dosimetry and detectors

3pm - 3:45pm

Introduction to blast design

4:45pm - 6:15pm

NDA and waste disposal

5pm - 6pm

The 210 PO story

3:45pm - 4:30pm

  • Review of course
  • Questions and answers
  • Practical hints and tips
  • Presentation of certificates.

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

Further information


This is a week long course, from Monday 11 - Friday 15 February 2019.


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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