What is a PhD in Nuclear Engineering?

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Nuclear Engineering teaches students how nuclear energy and radiation are generated, controlled, and stored. It’s a highly specialised field of Engineering, using advanced Physics, Mathematics, and Chemistry. During classes, you learn the ins and outs of nuclear facilities, energy transmission and security measures.

Some of the courses you can expect to take during a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Nuclear Engineering include: particle dynamics, heat transfer, design of nuclear reactors, plasma physics, neutron transport, and radioactive waste management.

As a future Nuclear Engineering professional, you will have high responsibilities. These range from ensuring the proper functioning of facilities at a nuclear power plant to creating and enforcing strict safety procedures and deciding where and how to dispose of radioactive materials.

Successful nuclear engineers must excel at problem-solving, risk management, analytical skills, while also owning great communication skills, among others.

Nuclear Engineering graduates most often work in areas like energy, medicine, agriculture, or national security. Common job titles include reactor engineer, radiation engineer, nuclear project engineer, chemical engineer, etc.

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