City, University of London

Course Introduction

In this programme, you will study how to design, evaluate, and analyse structural systems, with a special focus on Nuclear Power Plants. You will learn all the principles used for the design of buildings, bridges, special structures and in particular nuclear containment structures. The emphasis on nuclear structures is a response to the skill shortage reported by employers working in this sector. The UK has recently committed to a long-term nuclear new-build programme that is forecast to generate more than 40,000 jobs, yet no specialised training is available in this area. The programme will therefore provide you with a degree that distinguishes you in the market.

Assessment of theoretical modules is based on a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are shared between the January and April/May examination periods. Design-oriented modules are normally assessed by coursework only, where students work both in groups and individually on challenging projects that are varied each year. For the MSc dissertation, students are required to attend a viva following submission of the final report.

This programme is for students interested in the structural aspects of nuclear power plants. Your career will take you to the broader field of nuclear energy. The types of roles we would expect our graduates to achieve are: an on-site engineer or as a design office engineer, building designing or constructing new plants or evaluating and maintaining existing plants or decommissioning plants at the end of their life cycle. You could also go to the research arena conducting innovative research in the area of nuclear science at research labs or in academia.

Start Date:

Part-time Duration: 24-28 months.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,200 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,200 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £16,800 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,600 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £4,600 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MSc £8,400 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants should have a minimum lower second class degree or equivalent overseas qualification in Civil, Mechanical or Nuclear Engineering or equivalent degree.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is required: IELTS: 6.5 (including 6.5 in the writing category).