Nuclear Science and Applications MSc

Why choose this course?

The MSc in Nuclear Science and Applications is a new and innovative programme at the University of Surrey, taught by a combination of world-leading nuclear physics academics and leading experts from the UK’s nuclear industries.

What you will study

Drawing upon our existing expertise and ground-breaking research, our programme will give you a thorough grounding in nuclear science and its applications.

The substantial practical element of this programme enables you to relate taught material to real-world applications. Formal lectures are complemented with work in specialist radiation laboratories that were recently refurbished as part of a £1m upgrade to our facilities. In these facilities you will work with a wide range of radioactive sources and radiation detectors.

There is also an extended project in the spring and an 11-week MSc dissertation project in the summer, and students will have the opportunity to complete their dissertation on a topic specialising in nuclear research.

Course facts

Qualification Study mode Course length Start date
MSc Full-time 12 months Oct 2018
MSc Part-time 24 months Oct 2018
Stag Hill

Global opportunities

There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.

Research-led teaching

The programme material is taught by a combination of academics from the Department of Physics at Surrey and specialists provided by industrial partners. The Surrey academics are part of the Centre for Nuclear and Radiation Physics which houses the largest academic nuclear physics research group in the UK.

In addition to the formal lectures for taught modules, the programme provides a wide range of experimental hands-on training. This includes an eight-week radiation physics laboratory which takes place in the specialist radiation laboratories within the Department of Physics at the University of Surrey.

These were recently refurbished as part of a £1 million upgrade to the departmental teaching infrastructure. Within the Department, we also have a common room and a departmental library, which contains copies of earlier MSc dissertations.

As well as the laboratory training, you will also undertake a research group project at the beginning of the Spring semester as a precursor to the eleven-week research dissertation project which makes up the final part of the MSc.

There are many opportunities for the summer dissertation project to be taken in an external industrial environment.

Careers

Completion of this programme will result in strong job opportunities in the nuclear industry, a growing international industry.

The programme will also naturally lead into further study, such as completion of a PhD.

Our students

  • Katie Ley, PhD Medical Physics

    “The research I’m conducting could assist and improve procedures for many patients; it’s a good feeling to be researching something that could make a difference!”

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  • Elaine Zhu, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

    “For me, Surrey was the best choice based on quality of education, reputation, environment and location.”

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Our graduates

  • Sakchai Buppaungkul, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

    "Thanks to the additional knowledge I gained on the Masters programme, I have secured a promotion to the position of Radiation Physicist."

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  • Nicholas Bates, MSc Medical Physics, class of 2017

    Nicholas Bates, PhD Student, University of Surrey

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Discover

  • My Surrey experience – Louise Weller, Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics

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  • My Surrey Experience: Elaine Zhu, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

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  • My Surrey Experience – Sakchai Buppaungkul, MSc Radiation and Environmental Protection

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The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Timetable

Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators.

Policies and regulations

Please refer to our academic regulations and student policies and regulations. These may be amended from time to time.

Learning and disability support

We have two services, the Student Personal Learning and Study Hub (SPLASH) and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.

Student Personal Learning and Study Hub

SPLASH is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can assist you in developing your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Additional Learning Support

ALS is the University’s disability and neurodiversity service which supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (for example: dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (for example: autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

Students are encouraged to disclose their condition and register with the service so that they can be appropriately supported during their studies.

The ALS team can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and screen students for dyslexia and dyspraxia. Regular study skills and mentoring support is also provided to students where appropriate.

See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.

Entry requirements

A minimum 2:2 in a UK honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Physics, Radiological Sciences or a related discipline.

Relevant industrial experience may also be considered.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Recognition of prior learning

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Study mode Start date UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time Oct 2018 £9,800 £20,500
Part-time Oct 2018 £4,900 £10,300

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2018-19 only. Annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught programmes.

Funding

Discounts for Surrey graduates

Thinking of continuing your education at Surrey? As an alumnus of Surrey you may be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught masters programme fees.

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Nuclear Science Scholarships 2018 entry

These scholarships are worth £2000 and are available to UK applicants holding a lower second class degree or higher in physics or a related subject.

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Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences 2018 entry

These university-funded scholarships are worth £2,500 - £5,000 for 2018 entry on select MSc programmes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences departments.

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Loans, scholarships and financial support

There are many streams of funding for postgraduate students including awards, scholarships and loans.

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Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

Contact us

Admissions enquiries

+44 (0)1483 682 222

admissions@surrey.ac.uk

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