Nuclear Engineering

Help create the technologies of the future

A laboratory technician working with engineering equipment

What is Nuclear Engineering?

When you work in Nuclear Engineering you’ll examine and leverage nuclear concepts which form the foundation of our universe. These concepts can be applied to a number of industries today and are helping create the technologies of the future. Nuclear science and technology can be used in nuclear energy as well as nuclear medicine and aerospace.

Why study Nuclear Energy?

There’s a growing need for highly-skilled engineers to maintain and operate nuclear facilities around the world. Nuclear Energy is one of the cutting-edge fields you can work in, where potential new uses are constantly emerging in the energy sector and beyond. If you’re a forward thinker or a trailblazer this is the area for you. UNSW engages with international forums that tackle the big questions surrounding nuclear technology in Australia, and the world.

Why choose UNSW?

UNSW offers the first and only Nuclear Engineering program in Australia supported by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation. Be one of the select few that possess this unique mix of skills and knowledge. You’ll get to learn from top nuclear scientists who are making an active impact in their field. UNSW has partnerships with industry and research organisations to provide opportunities for industry placements, career development, and research projects.

What about careers?

Career prospects for graduates of this study area are robust. There is a global skills shortage in qualified nuclear engineers and nuclear graduates are highly employable. You’ll be ready to seek global employment opportunities in the energy sector, as well as a variety of nuclear careers in Australia.

In addition to the increasing number of new generation nuclear energy plants, existing reactors require maintenance, servicing, operations and eventual decommissioning

Career options include:

  • Nuclear medicine
  • Nuclear science research
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Defence

How can I study Nuclear Engineering?