Nuclear energy

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
Qualifications
PhD
Duration
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Nuclear power provides approximately 20 per cent of British electricity. As a low-carbon option, nuclear energy is supported for expansion by British government policy despite the fact that it remains a contentious choice. There are numerous technical and policy issues facing nuclear energy, including the building of new power stations, extending the life of the current fleet and addressing issues relating to wastes and safety. OU research is involved in all such questions as well as considering advanced future concepts – such as nuclear fusion, ‘generation IV’ fission reactors and small modular reactors (SMRs).

The OU has a strong track record in issues relating to nuclear energy science, technology and policy including strong collaboration with other UK universities. The OU is delighted to be part of a five-university consortium led by Imperial College London that has won more than £6 Million in funding from the EPSRC for the Nuclear Energy Futures Centre for Doctoral Training. The NEF-CDT admitted its first PhD students in October 2019. This funding will support cohorts of students with start dates up until October 2023.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Current/recent research projects

The OU has a strong track record in attracting external funding for Nuclear Energy related research from both public and private sources. Recent examples of publicly funded activity include:

  • JUNO: A Network for Japan - UK Nuclear Opportunities (EPSRC Ref: EP/P013600/1) 
  • Indo-UK Civil Nuclear Network (EPSRC Ref: EP/M018296/1) In addition to the engineering opportunities listed above, opportunities exist for technology policy research.

In addition to the engineering opportunities listed above, opportunities exist for technology policy research.

Potential supervisors

From the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics:

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,596 per year Full time: £15,079 per year
Part time: £2,298 per year Part time: £7,539.5 per year

Some of our research students are funded via the Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships

Links

Nuclear power station
 

How to apply

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Dr Salih Gungor

Email: Energy Research
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653942

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