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The MPhil programme in Nuclear Energy is based in the Department of Engineering and is run in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School and the Departments of Materials Science and Metallurgy, and Earth Sciences.

The programme consists of six compulsory courses in nuclear technology and business management, and four elective courses chosen from a broad range of technical and management courses. These elective courses enable students to tailor the content of the programme to their career needs; they range from wholly management-oriented courses to technical courses in preparation for an engineering role or further research through a PhD. A long research project is required, with topics chosen from a list offered by members of staff and Industry Club members, and linked to the principal areas of energy research in their respective departments and companies.

Students are also expected to attend field visits, a Distinguished Lecture Series and weekly seminars, and are able to benefit from research skills training offered by the department.

One to one supervision

Approximately 20 hours per year (for the purpose of discussing the research project).

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

Seminars & classes

8 hours per year.

Lectures

160 hours per year.

Practicals

18 in day visits, plus approximately 12 hours as part of some electives per year.

Small group teaching

20 hours per year.

Literature_reviews

There are no formal literature review exercises, but students are expected to spend approximately two hours reading for every hour spent in class. The work for the dissertation would normally include a literature review.

Posters

As part of the dissertation project, students will be required to make two assessed oral presentations: a ten-minute presentation on the "project motivation and plan" (at the close of the dissertation-planning phase), and a 15-minute talk at a dissertation conference taking place approximately a month before submission.

Feedback

Students can expect to receive reports at least termly from their supervisor, via an online system. They will receive comments on items of coursework within four weeks of submission, and will have access to a University supervisor for their dissertation. All students will also have personal access to the course director and the other staff delivering the course. Once the research project has begun, supervisors will provide fortnightly feedback. Students will be marked on effort and progress at two key points (early March and late June).

Assessment

Thesis / Dissertation

Students undertake a large individual research project, examined in two parts. The first part will include a report (of up to 4,000 words) and a ten-minute oral presentation. The second part is assessed through the writing of a 15,000-word dissertation, including a 15-minute oral presentation.

Essays

Students will be required to take ten taught modules. Some of these will be examined purely through coursework, and others through a combination of coursework and written papers. All students will be required to complete at least four items of coursework (and may be required to complete more depending on the range of modules available in the upcoming year).

Written examination

Students will be required to take ten taught modules. Some of these will be examined purely through written examination, and others through a combination of coursework and written papers. All students will take at least two written examinations of 1.5 hours each, and may be required to take more depending on the range of modules available in the upcoming year.

Practical assessment

Some coursework may be connected to laboratory exercises.

Other

The assessment of some elective modules may include an oral or poster display component.

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Key Information


11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of Engineering

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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