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M.SC. In Nuclear Engineering

M.SC. In Nuclear Engineering

The degree of Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (M.Sc. in NUCE) is awarded for candidates who successfully complete the taught courses, field trips, and thesis 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. The program starts with common core courses that cover essential Nuclear Engineering topics. On successful completion of the core courses students can select one of six tracks that covers specialized courses to prepare the students for their project/thesis work and broaden their expertise in specific areas of nuclear technology. 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 nuclear reactor experiments to consolidate theory lessons given in class as well as visit selected nuclear facilities to gain an overall appreciation of nuclear energy technology at the front and back end of the fuel cycle as well as during reactor operations. Finally, the candidates work on a M.Sc. thesis in their chosen area. The thesis work may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the focus areas identified by the relevant supervisors. Alternatively, where applicable and subject to the approval Nuclear Engineering Department, students may propose thesis topics of their own or work on solving problems of their respective sponsoring organizations.

Program Chair  

Professor Phillip Beeley

Department of Nuclear Engineering

The goals (objectives) of the program are to produce graduates who:

  1. Advance professionally and are recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.
  2. Apply their technical expertise to address the needs of society in critical, creative, ethical, and innovative manner.
  3. Further develop their knowledge and skills through graduate education and professional schools.

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

  1. Identify, formulate, and solve advanced Nuclear Engineering problems through the application of modern tools and techniques and advanced knowledge of mathematics and engineering science.
  2. Acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of Nuclear Engineering.
  3. Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret data and make decisions.
  4. Conduct research, document and defend the research results.
  5. Function on teams and communicate effectively.
  6. Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering program is equivalent to 36 credit hours. The program consists of three main components. 

Taught Courses Component: in this component the student is required to complete a program of advanced study in Nuclear Engineering. This component is equivalent to 24 credit hours and consists of 8 courses, with 3 credit hours each. The 8 courses (24 credit hours) are: 4 core courses (12 credit hours) and 4 elective courses (12 credit hours) chosen from 1 of 6 possible tracks. 

Field Trips Component: in this component the student is required to carry out a series of nuclear reactor experiments to consolidate theory lessons given in class as well as visit selected nuclear facilities to gain an overall appreciation of nuclear energy technology at the   front and back end of the fuel cycle as well during reactor operations. By necessity, the field trips will be undertaken outside the UAE (e.g. in the Republic of South Korea or the USA) until such time that nuclear laboratories and facilities are available in the UAE.

 Thesis Component: in this component the student is required to carry out an independent research thesis work in Nuclear Engineering. This component is equivalent to 12 credit hours.

 Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. 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. 

Program Core

The M.Sc. in NUCE degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits and the 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):

- NUCE 601 Thermal Hydraulics in Nuclear Systems

- NUCE 602 Nuclear Materials, Structural Integrity and Chemistry

- NUCE 603 Nuclear Reactor Theory

- NUCE 606 Radiation Measurement and Applications

                II. ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits) 

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives from the list below. 

- NUCE 611 Nuclear Systems Design and Thermal-Hydraulic 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 694 Selected Topics in NUCE 

  • A student may select a group of elective courses to form a specialization track within the M.Sc. 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 M.Sc. in NUCE program are set out below. Other tracks may be introduced depending on demand and stakeholder requirements. The possible tracks are:

  1. Nuclear Systems and PSA
  2. Nuclear Reactor Design
  3. Nuclear Safeguards, Security  and the Fuel Cycle
  4. Nuclear Materials & Radiation Damage
  5. Nuclear and Radiation Safety

-          Track 6 is undeclared and allows a student to make  a free choice  of electives in consultation with their course advisor

 

Nuclear Engineering Master’s Thesis (12 credits)

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 Nuclear Engineering 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.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. in Nuclear Engineering 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

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 1

  • NUCE 601 (Core)
  • NUCE 602 (Core)
  • NUCE 603 (Core)
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
 
  • NUCE 606 (Core)
  • Elective course 1
  • NUCE 699 Master’s Thesis

Year 2

  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • NUCE 699 Master’s Thesis
 
  • Elective course 4
  • NUCE 699 Master’s Thesis

 

 

Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 1

  • NUCE 601 (Core)
  • NUCE 602 (Core)
 
  • NUCE 603 (Core)
  • NUCE 606 (Core)

Year 2

  • NUCE Elective course 1
  • NUCE Elective course 2
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
 
  • NUCE Elective course 3
  • NUCE 699 Master’s Thesis

Year 3

  • NUCE Elective course 4
  • NUCE 699 Master’s Thesis
 
  • NUCE 699 Master’s Thesis