M.Sc. in Nuclear Enviromental Science & Technology

in a 5*A rated Department

Are you planning for the future?

Do want a career with a long term potential?

Do you want to make a lasting impression on one of the planet’s problems?

Do you want to make the planet a safer place for future generations?

Do you want future generations to your appreciate your life’s work?

If you answered yes to any of these then an MSc in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology could be for you. Whether you are chemistry, physics or related physical science graduate you can apply your skills to addressing the issue of toxic and nuclear waste immobilisation to help preserve the planet for future generations. The MSc in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology offered by the Immobilisation Science Laboratory, at The University of Sheffield could be your first step to making a long term impact on solving the world’s waste problem.

All human activities produce wastes. Some of these wastes are relatively benign whereas others, such as toxic and nuclear wastes, pose significant threats to the environment and it is essential that we handle, store and ultimately dispose of them in as environmentally benign a fashion as possible. This will usually require additional processing of the waste to immobilise it in a glass, ceramic or cement based wasteform. This is not a trivial task – such wasteforms are not consumer products that will be out of date in a few months instead they may be required to last over a million years! The MSc in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology will help further your understanding of the scientific and technical issues involved in producing such wasteforms.  You will also have the opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research work on the immobilisation of wastes – this could involve work on the development of novel wasteforms to deal with specific wastes or the characterisation wasteforms to predict their long term performance or even the modelling of the (very) long term performance of wasteforms in specific environments.

The course is primarily taught by members the Immobilisation Science Laboratory (ISL) of the Department of Engineering Materials at the University of Sheffield. The ISL is a centre of excellence for the study of waste immobilisation and has received significant funding from Nexia Solutions (formerly BNFL) and other commercial and government sources. The Department of Engineering Materials has high quality staff with international reputations as shown by our 5*A research rating which we have held since 1996.

Clearly the MSc in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology is primarily aimed at giving you a suitable background to work in this challenging and important area, however the knowledge and skills you gain will be more generally applicable especially in the area of inorganic, non-metallic materials. As well as being aimed at students who wish to move directly industry the MSc in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology is an ideal qualification for entry onto a PhD degree in Engineering Materials.

The MSc in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology includes modules in the following areas:

Skills development
Experimental techniques
Materials for advanced technology
Waste management in the nuclear energy industry
Glass processing and durability
Cement processing and chemistry
Physics and chemistry of ceramic processing
Processing, disposal and storage of nuclear wastes
Research project in nuclear environmental science & technology with a prize for Best Project sponsored by the British Nuclear Energy Society (BNES).

So if you want to do something for the good of the planet and future generations don’t be immobile. Instead pursue a career in waste immobilisation by coming to Sheffield to study for the MSc in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology!

More detailed course details are available here

Further Information

The Student Service Information Desk has information for both current and prospective students

Want to Know More?

For application enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Secretary,
Mrs Karen Burton
Department of Engineering Materials,
Sir Robert Hadfield Building,
Mappin Street,
Sheffield, S1 3JD,
Telephone:- (+44) 0114 222 5941
Fax:- (+44) 0114 222 5943

There are two ways to study for an M.Sc. in the ISL, either the above full-time course in Nuclear Environmental Science & Technology or a modular course covering all aspects of nuclear technology including waste immobilisation through the NTEC Nuclear Technology Education Consortium (NTEC). NTEC offers part-time and full-time postgraduate courses in a 'short fat' modular format on a wide range of topics from Reactor Physics to Policy, Regulation and Licensing. This format is particularly suited to engineers and managers in full-time employment who wish to advance theory skill and knowledge base. Further details are available from the NTEC website http://www.ntec.ac.uk