24 months
1390 EUR/year
1390 EUR/year
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The Master in Nuclear Engineering at ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology trains engineers to harness nuclear fission for energy supply. 


The  ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Department of Mechanical Engineering - D-MAVT), in conjunction with the EPF Lausanne, offers the specialized Master’s Program in Nuclear Engineering since 2008. The Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) contributes to the program by offering supervision and scientific infrastructure for projects and Master’s theses as well as by providing additional academic lecturers. Other institutions and research groups involved in the Master’s Program are the Energy Science Center (ESC) at ETH Zurich and the Energy Center (CEN) at EPF Lausanne.

The Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering prepares students for the diversity found at the frontiers of research and industrial development in the field of nuclear technology and 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.

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

You will study: 

  • Nuclear Reactor Physics and Technology, 
  • Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection, 
  • Nuclear Power Plant Safety and Decommissioning, 
  • Fuel Cycle from Uranium Mining to Waste Disposal, 
  • Integration of Nuclear Energy into Energy Systems, 
  • Principles of Controlled Nuclear Fusion, 
  • Nuclear Techniques in Medicine and Industry

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The joint Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering Program has a strong interdisciplinary nature and students can apply to the program based on a Bachelor’s Degree in a broad range of basic and engineering sciences: 

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Electrical Engineering / Electrical Engineering and Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Candidates for the Master’s Program must present proof of specialized and sound knowledge and abilities in the fields of science and engineering and very good study performances in the fundamental disciplines. These skills are a minimum requirement and serve as a basis for the admission process

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1390 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    1390 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 695 EUR per semester during 24 months.
    • tuition fee: CHF 730 per semester

Living costs for Zürich

1920 - 2572 CHF /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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