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:

  • The programme is delivered jointly by the School of Metallurgy and Materials, and the School of Physics and Astronomy. Both Schools are ranked in the top 5 for their respective discipline in the Guardian University League Table 2018.
  • 96% of our students are in graduate employment or further study, six months after studying with us. (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2015/16.
  • We have excellent facilities; we house two particle accelerators, a radiation detection lab and a graphite stack to ensure our students get hands-on experience.

Amy has created a vlog about life as a Nuclear Science student at the University of 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?