Nuclear Engineering at Birmingham

Birmingham has over 60 years' experience in preparing students for successful careers in the nuclear industry. Here are just a few reasons why we think studying Nuclear Engineering at Birmingham is the right choice for you:

  • Taught jointly by the School of Physics and Astronomy and School of Metallurgy and Materials, ranked 2nd and 4th in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2017 for their respective disciplines
  • 99% of our graduates are in full-time work, or further study, six-months after graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)
  • Our courses are accredited by the Nuclear Institute

Watch Thomas as he talks about his experiences studying Nuclear Engineering here at Birmingham:

Excellent career prospects

Nuclear energy will play an increasing role in the UK energy portfolio over the next decades, as coal-fired power plants are shut down. The UK energy industry will require a large number of qualified graduates to deal with the technical challenges that need to be addressed. We give you access to placement opportunities and careers advice, and have strong links with a range of companies including Magnox, NNL, AMEC, Rolls-Royce, Serco, HSE ONR (NII), Atkins, Babcock, AWE, Frazer-Nash, BAE Systems, Westinghouse, Areva, Canberra, EDF, Eon, RWE, NPower and Horizon Nuclear Power.

Excellent facilities

The University of Birmingham has two particle accelerators, a radiation detection laboratory, a graphite stack and a building containing industrial-grade state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. The students on the Nuclear Engineering courses access and use these facilities during group projects and individual projects in year 3 and year 4

Social atmosphere and engaged students

The students, through NucSoc, help to build a fun and productive environment within the Centre of Nuclear Education and Research by organising together with the staff many social and career-enhancing events. Come and join us!


We also have a student-led Facebook group for all offer holders that lets you meet other applicants, as well as finding out more about what it's like to study Nuclear Engineering at Birmingham. If you haven't already joined, why not join us now?