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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Nuclear Energy Futures (EPSRC CDT) is no longer accepting new applications.


The course is predominantly by research. However, there are mandatory training courses and visits to nuclear facilities in the UK and overseas. Taught courses topics normally include one or more visits to nuclear facilities at various stages as well as aspects of:


  • Introduction to Nuclear Energy
  • Nuclear Safety Management
  • Reactor Design and Operation
  • Materials for Reactor Systems
  • Fuels, Decommissioning, Waste Treatment and Disposal


  • Nuclear policy and regulation
  • Innovation in nuclear technology
One to one supervision

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.


Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.


Thesis / Dissertation

Examination at the end of the programme will be by submission of a thesis for examination for the PhD degree. Word limits and requirements are set by the Degree Committee of the Department in which the PhD project is based. Further information can be found here. The examination shall include an oral examination on the thesis and on the general field of knowledge within which it falls.


Students are probationary in the first year and progression to the second year (and registration to the PhD) depends on a successful first year review.

The form of probationary review is set by the Degree Committee of the Department in which the PhD project is based. Typically, students are required to submit a written progress report that summarises the aims of the project within its wider research area, the activities and results so far, and outline plans for the next stages of work. Assessment includes an oral examination, which can assess the candidate's knowledge of the broader field of nuclear energy acquired from the integrated training and site visits.

To progress to PhD study, students are expected normally to have satisfactory supervision reports in all three terms.

Key Information

4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 15, 2022
Application deadline
May 16, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2023

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 12, 2022

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2023, Lent 2024 and Easter 2024.

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