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Cambridge University targets nuclear engineering

Cambridge has become the latest in a raft of universities to launch a Masters degree in nuclear energy specifically to train what it sees as the industry’s “leaders of tomorrow”.

The industry supported full time one year MPhil programme in Nuclear Energy is designed specifically to give students an understanding of the crucial link between the production of energy and the business and social aspects of nuclear generation.

“We’re interested in creating people who will really make a difference [in the nuclear industry] on a technical and a financial level − people with deep insight into the subject,” explained course director professor Tony Roulstone.

“This is a great new opportunity for graduate civil engineers,” he said.

It is hoped the programme provide post-graduates with knowledge and understanding of nuclear technology, policy and business and build students’ intellectuals skills to help them engage with the complex issues that surround development and deployment of new nuclear energy.

Subject gathering pace

A number of other universities have launched programmes to complement the industry in recent months (NCE 3 March).

It is aimed at students with good degrees in engineering or related science subjects wanting to gain the knowledge and the skills to build their career in the nuclear and the energy sectors.

The course starts this October, and includes five core modules on technology plus a module on nuclear policy delivered by Judge Business School.

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