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Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months


Nuclear technology, particularly the generation of energy via nuclear fission, is a high-tech sector which involves extremely high levels of refinement of the raw material natural uranium. The entire energy generation chain is very complex, not least because of the comprehensive safety technology and safety culture it entails.

ETH Zurich (D-MAVT), in conjunction with the EPF Lausanne (Section of Physics), has offered the Master's Program in Nuclear Engineering since 2008. This program prepares students for the diversity found at the frontiers of research and industrial development in the field of nuclear technology.

Program objectives

The overall objectives of the Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering program are to:

  • Provide in-depth knowledge on nuclear fission for energy supply

The program equips you with basic and advanced knowledge related to the nuclear fission energy conversion process. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of nuclear science and technology, the program consists of a wide range of subjects, including nuclear and reactor physics, reactor thermal-hydraulics, nuclear materials science, reactor and power plant technology, radiation protection, and nuclear safety.

  • Provide complementary knowledge on nuclear fusion

In the long-term, great expectations are placed on the potential of nuclear fusion as an unlimited source of environmentally friendly energy. As a student in the Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering program you also benefit from the strong background of fusion research at EPF Lausanne. Optional courses in plasma physics and nuclear fusion provide an important complement to the teaching of fission reactor technology.

  • Provide knowledge on nuclear techniques in medicine, research and industry

Nuclear techniques are also prominent in fields other than energy supply. In medicine, there are important applications of radiation and radioisotopes, for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Many research areas benefit from nuclear measurement techniques, e.g. the use of radiotracers, radiographic and tomographic imaging, and analytical methods based on radiation such as synchrotron radiation, neutrons, etc. There are also various industrial non-power-producing applications of nuclear techniques. In many of the above cases, particle accelerators can serve as sources of radiation, often with unique application-specific characteristics.

  • Provide a view on the complete nuclear energy conversion system and the entire fuel cycle

Sustainability and environmental friendliness, as well as the economic parameters of an energy conversion technology, are to a large extent defined by the characteristics of the fuel cycle. Due to the globalisation of the energy market and the general environmental consequences of energy technologies in general, the supply of nuclear fuel deserves greater strategic attention, even for end-user countries like Switzerland, as waste disposal and other aspects of the fuel cycle back-end represent a major issue for every country using nuclear power.

  • Integrate nuclear energy into energy systems as a whole

From the global perspective, nuclear energy is part of an energy supply system based on a mix of primary sources, distribution networks and a wide variety of consumers. Energy supply worldwide must face the challenge of sustainability: the necessity to reduce CO2 emission, the need to find substitutes for decreasing supplies of fossil resources and the drive to increase energy utilization efficiency. The curriculum also addresses complementarities and synergies between nuclear energy, regenerative energies and efficient energy usage as essential contributions to sustainability. Furthermore, you can attend courses from the existing offer of both EPF Lausanne and ETH Zurich that deal with other kinds of energy conversion systems, including renewable energy technologies.

Programme Structure

For more information, please visit the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

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Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent first degree from an internationally recognised university
  • Good to excellent study performance record in the preceding course of studies
  • Conformance to the requirement profile: The requirement profile of each Master's degree programme determines the prerequisites precisely and in detail
  • Completely fill in the online application form

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1090 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 545 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1090 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 545 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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  • CHF 649 per semester

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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