Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc.

Nuclear Engineering, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months


Nuclear technology plays a crucial role in a wide variety of contexts and sectors in Belgium, including:

  • power production
  • nuclear fuel production
  • radioelement production
  • engineering
  • accelerator design and fabrication
  • waste management
  • safety management
  • nuclear medicine
  • research

The Belgium Nuclear Higher Education Network combines the expertise in nuclear education and research of six major Belgian universities (KU Leuven, UGent, VUB, UCL, ULG and ULB) with the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre. 

Career perspectives

Upon completion of the Master's programme in Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Engineering, students will have acquired:

  • a thorough understanding of nuclear physical processes;
  • a comprehensive knowledge of the procedures and techniques necessary to control nuclear processes;
  • an in-depth knowledge of nuclear safety, reliability procedures and nuclear waste treatment;
  • the competence to design and maintain structures to control nuclear processes;
  • communicative skills in the field of nuclear technology and the capability to participate in research concerning the above mentioned topics.


The aim of the programme is to deliver experts in the field of nuclear energy generation, the construction of facilities for appropriate use and the follow-up of safety procedures concerning nuclear processes.At the end of the programme the students will have acquired :

  • understanding of nuclear processes (physics);
  • understanding of the procedures and techniques necessary to control nuclear processes (hydraulics, reactor technology, operation and controls management);
  • understanding of safety and reliability procedures;
  • understanding of nuclear waste treatment and safety;
  • the capacity to create and maintain structures to control nuclear processes;
The Nuclear Engineering programme is offered at KU Leuven.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Nuclear Energy: Introduction
  • Introduction to nuclear physics and measurements
  • Radiation protection
  • Nuclear reactor theory and experiments
  • Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics
  • Safety of Nuclear Power Plants
  • Nuclear fuel cycle
  • Nuclear Materials
For more info please visit the program website.

Detailed Programme Facts

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 TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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

  • Students entering the programme are expected to have a solid background in engineering, mathematics and physics.
  • They should possess a problem-solving attitude and a genuine spirit for safety.
  • Incoming students must hold an academic degree in engineering (Master of Science in Engineering or Agricultural Engineering, based on a programme of at least 300 ECTS. Holders of a 4-year Master's degree in industrial engineering and sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.) are required to take an entrance exam amounting to the material covered in 'adjustment courses' equivalent to a maximum load of 30 ECTS.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    906 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 906 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leuven

  • 810 - 1280 EUR/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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