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Master's Degree in Nuclear Engineering

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Barcelona
September 2022

Barcelona
September 2023

Barcelona
September 2024

Program description

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.

Admission requirements

General requirements

  • An official Spanish university qualification or an official university qualification issued by a university in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) that qualifies the holder for admission to a master's degree.
  • A qualification issued by a university in a country that is not in the EHEA. If the qualification has not been homologated, the UPC will verify that the course of study corresponds to a level of education equivalent to an official Spanish university degree and that the qualification obtained would provide admission to a master’s degree in the country in which it was awarded. This access route in no way implies the homologation of the qualification or its recognition for any purpose other than admission to the master's degree. The master's degree will, however, be fully and legally valid.

Specific requirements

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

  • 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 or Chemistry.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Fundamentals of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Protection
  • Fuel Cycle and Environmental Impact
  • Project I
  • Reactor Physics and Thermal-Hydraulics
  • Systems, Components and Materials

Semester 2

  • Project II
  • Management of Nuclear Power Plants
  • Regulations and Safety

Year 2

Semester 3

  • Master's Thesis
  • Elective Block
  • Internship

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Approximate fees (per year):

  • EU students: €5,928
  • Non-EU students: €8,892

Qualification

90 ECTS credits

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.

Career 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.

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Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech is a public institution of Higher Education and Research, specialised in the areas of Architecture, Engineering, Science and Technology. The UPC offers 66 bachelor’s degrees, 81 master’s programs (34 of them fully in...


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Why study at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya is a prestigious and well-known institution of Higher Education, nationally and internationally.

In order to develop its international policy, the UPC is member to 16 networks of universities of excellence, each of which has different objectives. These networks dedicate their efforts to work jointly with prestigious institutions to obtain results, provide visibility and lead our interests and strategies to position us at the highest level.

UPC has 2.717 students in international mobility programs, 1.541 exchange agreements with 708 HEIs and 50 DD agreements with 32 universities. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students and more than 500 doctoral students graduate. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months.

The UPC has different top facilities and labs where to develop research projects, which have helped UPC become a benchmark university in Europe in innovation and technology transfer. In collaboration with other public and private institutions, UPC has created research centers with its own legal entity, internationally recognized, such as the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO), the International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE), the Institute of Spatial Studies of Catalunya (IEEC) or the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).

Contact info

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Campus Nord, Calle Jordi Girona, 1-3
08034 Barcelona Catalonia
Spain

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www.upc.edu

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