PhD GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear) CDT

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

Degree awarded
PhD
Duration
4 years(1 yr taught followed by 3 yrs research)
Entry requirements
A First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a scientific or engineering discipline.

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online  

You should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research.

We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PGDip Y N N N

Programme overview

EPSRC CDT in Nuclear Energy-GREEN is a fully funded multi institutional four year Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), students will work in close collaboration with a range of partners within the Nuclear sector and on completion graduates will be able to take their place among the next generation of nuclear experts.  

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Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Telephone
Email
Website
https://www.nuclear-energy-cdt.manchester.ac.uk/
School/Faculty

The Faculty of Science and Engineering has a well-established and long-standing history for excellence. The nine Departments that make up the Faculty all have a strong reputation for teaching and learning, and for producing employable graduates. Our programmes, including our `Integrated Foundation Year', are designed to provide flexibility of choice and are continually revised to reflect new development in each subject area allowing you to work at the cutting edge of science and engineering.

Programmes in related subject areas

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

A First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a scientific or engineering discipline.

English language

For applicants whose first language is not English, or if you have not studied recently in the UK, you  must  supply an official IELTS or TOEFL transcript to support your application, or provide a date on which you will be taking a test.

We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall or TOEFL (iBT) 90. Each component of the English test should meet the minimum requirement of IELTS 5.5 in all components or 22 in TOEFL (iBT). For the IELTS  writing component  , we expect you to achieve a minimum of 6.0.

For more information about English language tests see  English language requirements  .

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Relevant work experience within the Nuclear industry or related fields my be used in consideration of an applicants suitability.

Application and selection

How to apply

Apply online  

You should include details of your previous study, your research project title and the name of the academic member of staff you would like to supervise your research.

We strongly recommend that you make contact with your proposed supervisor before submitting an application.

How your application is considered

We consider your full academic history including which course units you have taken and the marks obtained. Even if you have met our minimum entry requirements, we will take into account your marks in relevant undergraduate and postgraduate taught course units in our final decision making.

If you graduated more than three years ago, we will also consider the information contained on your CV and any relevant work experience you have to assess if you are still able to fulfil the entry criteria.

Interview requirements

Candidates who submit the strongest applications will be invited to an interview as part of the admissions process. All interviews will be held online

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

CAS Information

Please upload a copy of your current valid passport with your application showing the photograph page with your application. For CAS purposes, this must show your full name, date of birth, nationality, passport number and the date the passport is valid until, which must be later than the date of your planned arrival in the UK, and the start date of your course.

If you have previously studied in the UK on a Tier 4 visa as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, please send a copy of your previous CAS statement to us as it will assist with the issue of your new CAS statement. This includes study in the UK on study abroad programmes and any study that you did not complete.

You cannot use your CAS to apply for a visa more than three months before the start date of your course. The Admissions Team will contact you at the appropriate time.

Your CAS number is only valid for one Tier 4 application.

Deferrals

Admissions staff will decide whether to offer places to applicants for deferred entry on their courses and you should not assume that they will grant all such requests. If you request deferral for more than one year, you would normally be required to re-apply, as your chosen course, and your suitability for it, would change over time. English Language test results can only be considered to be current for two years from the test date.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved.  We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

GREEN students undertake a four-year doctoral training programme. The first year of this research programme aims to give students a broad knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, through MSc level modules which are taught through week long intensive online modular blocks.  Students will also attend industrial site visits and undertake training in transferable skills. 

Aims

GREEN offers an exciting interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training combining a Masters level foundation year with a three year Doctoral level thesis project. This is supplemented by training in professional skills, project placements in industry or research institutes in the UK & overseas.

Coursework and assessment

The taught element of the programme (Units 1-4) will be examined by a mixture of continual assessment and Viva Voce examinations. The types and amount of continual assessment depend on the module. The viva voce examination will be conducted by a panel to ensure that each student has a comparable experience. Questions will be asked on each unit of the course and the viva will accrue a Pass/Fail mark. Students will be expected to answer 70% of the questions competently in order to gain a pass.

Programme content for year 1

In the first year students will complete a 12-week training programme + specialist skills training. During the second half of the first year along with your project specific specialist skills training you will have the opportunity to train at a research reactor located in Taiwan.   

Programme content for year 2

Years 2-4 students will complete their PhD project as agreed during the recruitment process.  The CDT provides the opportunity and funding for students to undertake part of this research project in industry or other institutions, in the UK or overseas. It is expected that many projects will be interdisciplinary, with co-supervision by academics within Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield and industry, thus providing students with access to world class facilities

Programme unit details

Unit 1 - Introduction to the Chemistry and Physics of the NFC

15 Credits

Unit 2 - Nuclear Engineering

15 Credits

Unit 3 - Waste and Environment

15 Credits

Unit 4 - Winter School and Skills

15 Credits

Unit 5 - Tailored Training 1

30 Credits

Unit 6 - Tailored Training 2

30 Credits

The GREEN programme aims to:

  • Underpin UK Energy and Defence strategy by addressing a growing doctoral skills gap in nuclear fission science and engineering.
  • Adopt a radically different approach to PhD study, offering an exciting and interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training, combining a Masters level foundation year with a three year Doctoral level thesis project.
  • Provide training in professional skills and project placements in industry or research institutes in the UK and overseas.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

The Graduate Development programme is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop as professional researchers by recognizing and developing key skills and attributes needed to effectively manage your research, and to prepare and plan for the next stages of your career. It also provides opportunities for students to meet other researchers from different disciplines, which can be a valuable and interesting experience.

Careers

Career opportunities

Over many years, research in all aspects of nuclear fission has been neglected in the UK. However, Government policy now requires rejuvenation of this research, to support cleanup of the historical nuclear legacy, geological disposal of radioactive wastes, a new generation of nuclear power stations, and military nuclear applications. Surveys estimate that, over the next 15 years, the civil nuclear industry alone needs 1000 new graduate/PhD recruits per year.