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

Year of entry: 2022

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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. 


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.

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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.