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Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #18 (QS) ,
The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne offers a high level of interdisciplinarity, ranging from nuclear, neutron and reactor physics and radiation protection to thermo-fluid dynamics, reactor safety and materials science.


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.

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ETH Zurich (D-MAVT), in conjunction with theSwiss Federal Institute of Technology 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.

The overall objectives of the Master’s Program in Nuclear Engineering (NE) are to: 

  • Provide in-depth knowledge on nuclear fission for energy supply. 
  • Provide complementary knowledge on nuclear fusion. 
  • Provide knowledge on nuclear techniques in medicine, research and industry. 
  • Provide a view on the complete nuclear energy conversion system and the entire fuel cycle. 
  • Integrate nuclear energy into energy systems as a whole.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Nuclear Energy Systems
  • Nuclear Fuels and Materials
  • Special Topics in Reactor Physics
  • Computational Multiphase Thermal Fluid Dynamics
  • Multiphase Flow
  • Computational Multiphase Thermal Fluid Dynamics
  • Safety of Nuclear Power Plants
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine
  • Safety of Nuclear Power Plants
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Medicine

Detailed Programme Facts

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • Your resumé (curriculum vitae)
  • Copy of your University degree(s) or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Legalized transcripts from each university you have attended.
  • A statement of purpose. 
  • Three letters of recommendation: The recommendation letters must be issued by professors who are well aware of your work and qualities. These recommendations are confidential and will only be accepted if they are received through the electronic application process.
  • Your identity card or passport.
  • For foreigners who already live in Switzerland: your residence permit.
  • Extra documents such as TOEFL or GRE scores, research publications or other portfolios of your previous work, are welcome but not compulsory.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1138 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 569 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    1138 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 569 EUR per semester and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • CHF 630 per semester

Living costs for Lausanne

  • 1609 - 1980 CHF/month
    Living Costs

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