Nuclear Engineering

Master of Engineering Science
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2 years
February and September
Ally Ribalko, Master of Engineering Science (Nuclear Engineering)

This degree has widened my outlook on the nuclear industry, particularly in power generation, and has connected me with international experts. It’s bridged the gap in my understanding between physics and real-world applications.

Ally Ribalko, Master of Engineering Science (Nuclear Engineering)

Nuclear Engineering continues to be a growing field. In addition to the increasing number of “new build” proposals in the Western world, existing reactors require maintenance, servicing, operations and eventual decommissioning; waste needs to be managed and the fuel cycle requires servicing and handling. All of this requires engineers with an understanding of what makes the nuclear environment unique.


This program educates and informs engineering graduates in the underpinning theory behind Nuclear Engineering techniques, technologies and processes. It also provides a stream that allows graduates from traditional engineering disciplines to prepare for a career in nuclear. Students learn from national and international experts in the sector, including staff from the Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Imperial College, London.


The Master of Engineering Science program promotes flexible learning as a keystone of the program – it is designed for students who already have a four year accredited engineering degree and who now wish to broaden their job prospects through cross training, re-training or specialisation.  This program takes two years to complete (students may be granted credit for some courses. Those with a degree or extensive professional experience in a related area can apply for credit of up to 50% of a program); it is a non-accredited program, and does not offer industrial training.


The typical program structure comprises sixteen courses, broken down into: four Disciplinary Knowledge Courses, five Advanced Disciplinary Courses, three Research Courses and four Electives.


Required Background

Students need a recognised four year Bachelor degree in engineering with a minimum 65% average in one of the following:

- Aerospace Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Civil Engineering with Architecture
- Computer Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Energy Engineering
- Industrial Chemistry
- Nuclear Engineering
- Nuclear Science/Technology
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronic Engineering
- Mining Engineering
- Naval Engineering
- Photovoltaic Engineering
- Renewable Energy Engineering
- Telecommunications

Sample Program Outlines*

Choose at least 4 or 5 courses from

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC4611 Power System Equipment
ELEC4612 Power System Analysis
ELEC9714 Electricity Industry Planning and Economics
ELEC9715 Electricity Industry Operation and Control
GSOE9143 Sustainable Electrical Energy Techonology Assessment


Course code Course name Notes
ENGG9741 Introduction to Nuclear Engineering
ENGG9742 Reactor Physics for Engineers
ENGG9743 Fuel Cycle, Waste Management and Life-cycle Management

Choose 1 or 2 from

Course code Course name Notes
ENGG9744 Nuclear Safety, Security and Safeguards
MINE8930 Uranium Mining Fundamentals

Choose at least 1 from

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Engineering and Technical Management Elective

Choose 3 from

Course code Course name Notes
ELEC9771 Project Report A
ELEC9772 Project Report B
GSOE9010 Engineering Postgrad Coursework Research Skills
GSOE9011 Engineering PGCW Research Skills (online)
GSOE9220 Launching a startup GSOE9220 can be taken if student is exempt from completing the masters thesis project.

Choose up to 3 from

Course code Course name Notes
Courses can be chosen from Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge course list
Courses can be chosen from Engineering and Technical Management course list
Students can also choose other courses from across the Faculty if they meet the requirements for the course

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.

**Disciplinary courses are selected from relevant disciplines such as Maths, Physics, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or Mining on approval of the program authority. The courses included in this section are a sample list for an electrical engineer. 

† Minimum 65% average as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator  in a relevant discipline. (Minimum 70% from a non-211 university in China). Find the Postgraduate Entry Score Calculator here.