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M.Sc Nuclear Engineering Program

M.Sc in Nuclear Engineering Program

 

The M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering degree is awarded for candidates who successfully complete taught courses, field trips, and project requirements of the program. The program is targeted for students with various backgrounds such as graduates of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Mathematics or other pertinent specializations. Hence the program starts with common core courses that cover essentially Nuclear Engineering topics. Afterwards, there are two themes that allow the students to choose an area of specialization.

Subsequently, there are electives which cover extra topics to broaden the student’s knowledge in areas not covered in the core. In addition to taught courses, students are required to complete a field trip component. In this component the student is required to carry out a series of experiments to consolidate theory lessons given in a class as well during reactor operations. Finally, the candidates work on a M.Sc. project on their chosen area. The project may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the focus areas identified by the relevant supervisors. Alternatively, where applicable, students may propose project topics of their own or work on solving problems of their sponsoring organizations.

Program Chair  

Professor Phillip Beeley

Department of Nuclear Engineering

Program Goals

The goals of the program are:

  • To provide graduates with deep knowledge and specialization in nuclear engineering.
  • To enable graduates to relate nuclear engineering theory to practice.
  • The equip graduates with design, problem solving, and research skills in nuclear engineering.
  • To prepare graduates for careers as nuclear engineering professionals.
  • To encourage graduates to pursue self-learning and personal development experiences.
  • To produce graduates who will be able to contribute substantially to academia, industry, and the community.

Program Outcomes

A student graduating with an M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a high level of understanding and specialization in nuclear engineering.
  • Practice a high level of nuclear safety awareness and culture.
  • Analyze and characterize existing nuclear engineering systems.
  • Design a nuclear engineering system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
  • Use the techniques, skills and modern tools necessary for nuclear engineering practice.
  • Conduct independent investigation in the field of nuclear engineering with rigor and determination.
  • Communicate and write appropriately in the area of nuclear engineering.
  • Understand legal, regulatory and ethical issues and professional responsibility related to nuclear engineering.
  • Realize the impact of nuclear engineering in a global and societal context.
  • Recognize the need for, and engaging in, life-long learning.

Career Opportunities

Nuclear Engineering is of paramount importance for the safe construction, operation, maintenance and eventual decommissioning of nuclear reactors. The historic decision by the UAE Government to develop a peaceful nuclear energy program therefore places nuclear engineering education and training at the forefront of priorities for capacity building of the workforce necessary to advance the country's civil nuclear program.

The M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering program offers strong employment and career development prospects for graduates in the aforementioned areas and many others. The skills developed in graduates are particularly attractive to entities where nuclear engineering is crucial, such as the nuclear energy implementation organization, the nuclear safety reactor, and those entities charged with ensuing nuclear security and a multitude of contractors, subcontractors and technical support organizations.

The university general graduate studies admission requirements apply for admission to the MSc in Nuclear Engineering program.

Bachelor degrees relevant for admission to the program are Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, or Mathematics. Candidates with degree in other pertinent specialization may also be considered. In such cases, candidates will be asked to submit course descriptions along with their transcripts.

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of MSc in NUCE must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0 out of 4.0.

Program Core
The MSc in NUCE degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits consisting of 12 credits of NUCE core courses, and NUCE research seminar course, which has zero credit rating. The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.

I. NUCE Core Courses (12 credits):

Students must select at least two courses from the list below:

  • NUCE 601 Thermal Hydraulics in Nuclear Systems
  • NUCE 602 Nuclear materials, Structural Integrity and Chemistry
  • NUCE 603 Nuclear Reactor Theory
  • NUCE 604 Radiation Measurements and Applications

II. NUCE 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits) Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The list of electives that students can select from includes the courses not used to meet the NUCE Core requirement above as well as those listed below.

  • NUCE 611 Nuclear Systems Design and Analysis
  • NUCE 612 Nuclear Safety and Probabilistic Safety Assessment
  • NUCE 613 Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Safeguards
  • NUCE 614 Nuclear Nonproliferation and Security
  • NUCE 621 Nuclear Instrumentation and Control
  • NUCE 622 Thermal Hydraulics Computations & Modelling
  • NUCE 623 Radiological Environmental Impact Assessment
  • NUCE 624 Radiation Damage and Nuclear Fuels
  • NUCE 625 Advanced Core Physics for Light Water Reactors
  • NUCE 626 Selected Topics in NUCE

NUCE Master’s Thesis

NUCE 699 Master’s Thesis (12 credits)
A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research oriented work within the broad field of NUCE under the direct supervision of at least one full-time faculty advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination.

Program Tracks
A student may select a group of elective courses to form a specialization track within the MSc in NUCE program. The track will be noted on the student’s academic record (transcript) provided that the student completes:

  • A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the track plus 3 credits from any of the other electives
  • A master research thesis within the domain of the track.

The tracks supported by the MSc in NUCE program and the required courses for each of the tracks are set out below. Other tracks may be introduced depending on demand and stakeholder requirements.

Nuclear Systems and PSA [Track 1]
NUCE 611 Nuclear Systems - Design and Analysis
NUCE 612 Nuclear Safety & Probabilistic Safety Assessment
NUCE 621 Nuclear Instrumentation and Control

 

Nuclear Reactor Design [Track 2]
NUCE 611 Nuclear Systems - Design and Analysis
NUCE 622 Thermal Hydraulics - Computation and Modeling
NUCE 625 Advanced Core Physics for Light Water Reactors

 

Nuclear Safeguards, Security and the Fuel Cycle [Track 3]
NUCE 612 Nuclear Safety & Probabilistic Safety Assessment
NUCE 613 Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Safeguards
NUCE 614 Nuclear Nonproliferation and Security

 

Nuclear Materials and Radiation Damage [Track 4]
NUCE 612 Nuclear Safety & Probabilistic Safety Assessment
NUCE 613 Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Safeguards 
NUCE 624 Radiation Damage and Nuclear Fuels

 

Nuclear and Radiation Safety [Track 5]
NUCE 612 Nuclear Safety & Probabilistic Safety Assessment
NUCE 613 Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Safeguards
NUCE 623 Radiological Environmental Impact Assessment

Note: Track 6 is undeclared and allows a student to make a free choice of electives.

Study Plan
Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled on the MSc in NUCE program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

Typical study plan for full time students
Year 1, Semester 1 Year 1, Semester 2 Year 2, Semester 1 Year 2, Semester 2
  • NUCE Core 601
  • NUCE Core 602
  • NUCE Core 603
  • NUCE 695 Seminar
  • NUCE Core 606
  • Elective course 1
  • NUCE 699 Thesis
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • NUCE 699 Thesis
  • Elective Course 4
  • NUCE 699 Thesis

 

Typical study plan for part-time students
Year 1, Semester 1 Year 1, Semester 2 Year 2, Semester 1 Year 2, Semester 2 Year 3, Semester 1 Year 3, Semester 2
  • NUCE Core 601
  • NUCE Core 602
  • NUCE Core 603
  • NUCE Core 606
  • NUCE Elective course 1
  • NUCE Elective course 2
  • NUCE 695
  • NUCE Elective course 3
  • NUCE 699 Master's Thesis
  • NUCE Elective course 4
  • NUCE 699 Master's Thesis
  • NUCE 699 Master's Thesis

Duration of Study

The minimum period of study will be 1.5 years (3 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of full-time registration and 2.5 years (5 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of part-time registration.

The maximum period of study will be 2 years (4 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of full-time registration and 3 years (6 regular semesters) from the date of first registration in the case of part-time registration. In exceptional cases, an extension of registration may be granted.

Program Structure

The MSc in Nuclear Engineering (NUCE) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit-hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows:

Category Credits required
Program core 12
Program electives 12
NUCE Master's Thesis 12
Total 36

A student may organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow a specialization track within the broad field of NUCE. In such cases, the track will be noted on the student’s transcript.

The table below presents a summary of the MSc in NUCE degree program structure and requirements. All the MSc in NUCE program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits) and the Master’s Thesis (12 credits), have a credit rating of three credits each. The Curriculum flow chart for the MSc in NUCE is given below, followed by the program requirements.