Master of Engineering Science (Nuclear Engineering)

About Master of Engineering Science (Nuclear Engineering) at UNSW

The UNSW Master of Engineering Science (Nuclear Engineering) will educate and inform you in the underpinning theory behind nuclear engineering techniques, technologies and processes.

It also provides a stream that allows graduates from traditional engineering disciplines to prepare for a career in nuclear. You’ll learn from national and international experts in the sector, including staff from the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, London.

The two-year postgraduate degree, sitting within the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, features complex, open-ended, enquiry-based projects. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in topics such as:

  • Nuclear reactor theory and design
  • Fuel cycle
  • Waste and life cycle management
  • Nuclear safety
  • Security and safeguards
  • Uranium mining fundamentals
  • Project management

These skills are increasingly vital as nuclear engineering continues to be a growing field. In addition to the increasing number of new generation nuclear energy plants, existing reactors require maintenance, servicing, operations and eventual decommissioning.

Nuclear waste also needs to be managed and the fuel cycles requires servicing and handling. All this means the industry remains hungry for skilled engineers with a deep understanding of the nuclear environment.

Why Study Master of Engineering Science (Nuclear Engineering) at UNSW

UNSW School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering is the largest mechanical engineering school in Australia – with more than 2,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 90 staff members.

We’re a leading provider of world class education and research and works closely with nuclear industry and government bodies to provide innovative solutions to the sector.

Our research on new materials and technology is designed to ensure and enhance the safe and sustainable deployment of nuclear energy.

We’re focused on creating the next generation of engineers and technologies. You’ll be nurtured to become an industry leader in your chosen field, translating research into societal, economic and environmental impacts.

By studying at UNSW, you’ll have access to many cutting-edge laboratory facilities. These include a nuclear energy laboratory, combustion laboratory and an energy storage laboratory.

Your Career Opportunities

Each year our academics and research centres work with businesses, government and community organisations on specific projects, transferring our research into practice.

In addition, we have built strong partnerships with companies working in the nuclear energy industry and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

This Masters degree will prepare you for international employment opportunities in the energy sector, as well as open pathways into a variety of nuclear careers in Australia that are not energy related.