The need for manpower in the nuclear industry is increasing due to new power plant projects.
This field has a continuous need for professionals to control nuclear power plant reactors and generators, taking into consideration and putting into practice nuclear safety in all subsystems of a nuclear plant.
Nuclear power is a key aspect of the transition towards clean and feasible energy systems. Nuclear power can provide an abundance of clean electricity for the electrification of society. Above all, nuclear power must be safe. At LUT, nuclear engineering research and education focus on three aspects: nuclear power plant engineering, nuclear safety, and next-generation reactors.
This Master's programme will give you a comprehensive understanding of how to utilize nuclear power safely. Nuclear power plant engineering focuses on how different components in nuclear power plants act in the systems, what specific requirements apply to components used in nuclear power plants, and so on.
Nuclear safety focuses on preventing accidents, and on how a plant is operated safely if accidents happen. Research on next-generation reactors focuses on, for example, small modular reactors.
In this programme, you will learn about energy economics, environmental impacts, savings and emissions, nuclear energy and safety, and the development of plant processes.
Your studies will emphasise light water reactors, but you will also learn the basic principles of other reactor types, including fast reactors and heavy water and gas-cooled reactors.
Intended learning outcomes
After completing this Master's programme, you will:
- be able to utilise different numerical methods of reactor physics and thermal-hydraulic safety analysis;
- understand the nuclear fuel cycle;
- understand and be able to explain the design principles of nuclear reactors, nuclear steam supply systems and safety systems;
- be able to apply and develop mathematical models to solve energy technology problems;
- be able to manage and organise both national and international projects;
- design energy technology-related equipment, plants, processes and systems;
- be able to communicate and act in academic and research environments;
- be able to work as a specialist in energy technology.
Degree structure and studies
The Master's Programme in Nuclear Engineering is a two-year programme. It leads to the degree of Master of Science in Technology, M.Sc. (Tech.), which is 120 ECTS credits.
The programme includes core, specialisation, minor and elective studies.
Core studies (18 ECTS credits) include courses on maintenance management, nuclear power plant engineering, sustainability, and technology and society.
Specialisation studies (minimum of 72 ECTS credits) include obligatory and alternative studies:
Obligatory specialisation studies (60 ECTS credits) include courses on nuclear reactor design, computational nuclear thermal hydraulics, nuclear reactor physics methods and analyses, nuclear reactor dynamics, theoretical nuclear thermal hydraulics, experimental nuclear thermal hydraulics, and steam turbines.
Alternative specialisation studies (12-35 ECTS credits) include courses on energy systems engineering, steam boilers, energy scenarios, turbulence models, reliability engineering, computational fluid dynamics, and energy economics.
The Master's thesis, 30 ECTS credits, is a part of specialisation studies. The thesis is an advanced research project, which requires approximately six months of full-time work. Students complete it during their fourth semester.
Double degree studies for LUT degree students
The programme also offers a possibility for double degree studies. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
Students admitted to complete the Master's degree in this Master's programme at LUT may apply to the double degree programme with the Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University.
Double degree studies for students from partner universities
Students from partner universities are able to study as double degree students at LUT. Students admitted to the double degree programme receive a degree certificate from two universities after they have fulfilled the degree requirements of both universities.
The programme's double degree partner universities are:
- Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russia
- Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnical University, Russia
- St. Petersburg Mining University, Russia
- Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia
To ensure the safe and reliable operation of existing plants and the construction of new plants in the future, there is a constant need for new professionals in nuclear engineering.
Our graduates have a clear understanding of what is required of safe nuclear power systems and how they are utilised to change the overall energy system towards the cleaner.
Graduates from our programme work in every field related to nuclear power: in power production, in research and development, for nuclear industry subcontractors, in regulatory authorities or in companies building nuclear power plants.
Graduates have versatile professional capabilities. They may work as project engineers and managers, with components, with safety and regulations, etc.
How to Apply
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You can apply to this Master's programme through either the rolling or the regular admission process:
- Regular admission: 2 December 2019-22 January 2020
- Rolling admission: 1 October 2019-31 May 2020
About the School
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