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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech

Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering

The master's degree in Nuclear Engineering aims to provide students with the skills required to take on positions of responsibility in companies and research centres in the nuclear sector. Students will gain thorough knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of nuclear engineering and of the technology associated with energy production by nuclear fission chain reaction. Students will acquire a broad understanding of the entire chain of energy conversion of nuclear fuel into final energy and of the life cycle of facilities, from uranium mining and initial plant construction to spent fuel management and decommissioning. Students will become familiar with regulations and nuclear safety culture, develop a strategic view of the sector and acquire the ability to understand problems and make decisions.


Approximately half of the lectures of the master’s degree are taught by nuclear industry experts from companies, research centres and other universities. Work placement will allow students to work with experts who will share their knowledge and expertise.

This master’s degree is included in the InnoEnergy / Campus Energia educational project, as the European Master in Nuclear Energy (EMINE).

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Introduction

Duration and start date
One academic year, 90 ECTS credits. Starting September
Timetable and delivery
Afternoons. Face-to-face
Fees and grants
Approximate fees for the master’s degree, excluding academic fees and degree certificate fee, €6,018 (€9,027 for non-EU residents).
This master's degree was selected in the Masters of Excellence grant programme of the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation for the 2017-2018 academic year . More information is available at the Foundation's website.
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Language of instruction
English
Location

Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB)

Official degree
Recorded in the Ministry of Education's degree register
Double-degree agreements
Double-degree pathways at a single school
  • Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering + Master's degree in Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB)
With universities around the world
  • Bachelor's degree in Industrial Technology Engineering + Master's degree in Nuclear Engineering and Diplôme d’ingenieur from one of the Ecoles Centrales (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Supélec).

Admission

General requirements
Academic requirements for admission to master's degrees
Specific requirements

The master's degree is addressed to people with scientific-technological university studies in the following sectors:

  • Pre-EHEA degrees in Industrial Technologies, Materials, Energy, Chemistry, Mechanics and Electricity.
  • Other pre-EHEA Engineering degrees and bachelor's degrees in Engineering.
  • Bachelor's degrees in Physics orChemistry.
Admission criteria
  • English level B2.2 is required.
  • Academic record.
  • First degree and university of origin.
  • Professional experience.
Places
20
Pre-enrolment
Pre-enrolment closed (consult the new pre-enrolment periods in the academic calendar).
How to pre-enrol
Enrolment
How to enrol
Legalisation of foreign documents
All documents issued in non-EU countries must be legalised and bear the corresponding apostille.

Professional opportunities

Professional opportunities

In Europe, nuclear engineering graduates are in high demand, and not just because of the need to replace those who retire from employment at European nuclear power plants. Economic globalisation and the growing presence of European companies in a variety of projects have contributed considerably to the need for qualified staff within the sector. The increased demand for qualified staff that is foreseen is a cause for concern not only for Spanish companies but also for the Nuclear Safety Council, the Spanish regulatory body.


This master’s degree focuses on preparing students for positions of responsibility within the nuclear power sector and producing qualified graduates for employment in research and development, and even teaching, in this field.
 

Competencies

Generic competencies

Generic competencies are the skills that graduates acquire regardless of the specific course or field of study. The generic competencies established by the UPC are capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship, sustainability and social commitment, knowledge of a foreign language (preferably English), teamwork and proper use of information resources.

Specific competencies

On completion of the course, students will: 

  • Have acquired a thorough understanding of the theoretical and practical fundamentals of nuclear engineering and technology for producing energy from nuclear fission.
  • Have a clear, comprehensive view of the entire chain of energy conversion of nuclear fuel, from uranium mining to spent nuclear fuel management.
  • Be familiar with the life cycle of facilities, from the construction to the decommissioning of a nuclear plant.
  • Have a deep understanding of nuclear regulations and safety.
  • Have developed a strategic view of the sector and the ability to understand problems and make decisions.

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