Nuclear energy

Concern over the continuing availability of fossil fuels, combined with the issues around global warming have put nuclear energy generation back on the agenda. While there are plans to build 'third generation' nuclear power stations that are more environmentally acceptable, there is also a vast nuclear decommissioning project underway, with 9 out of our 10 nuclear power stations to close over the next 20 years. This programme of building, managing, operating and decommissioning nuclear power stations may offer employment opportunities.

Getting in and getting experience

Technical roles usually require a degree in a relevant physical science or engineering discipline.

Relevant work experience is also an advantage. The Nuclear Graduate Scheme also offers a route into the industry for graduates. The Dalton Nuclear Institute at The University of Manchester offers a Nuclear Engineering Doctorate Scheme (the Nuclear EngD) to provide outstanding young nuclear research engineers with intensive, broad-based training in collaboration with industrial companies so that they are equipped to take up senior roles within the nuclear industry.