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Nuclear Engineering, MASc

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General information

The Master of Applied Science (MASc) in Nuclear Engineering program encompasses the nuclear power industry from fuel manufacture to radioactive waste disposal, and the many and varied applications of radiation in industrial and medical disciplines with a strong emphasis on health physics. Typical workplace activities include fundamental and applied research, design and development of new equipment, systems and procedures, maintenance and modifications, commissioning and decommissioning of equipment and complete facilities, operation, analysis and regulatory affairs.

The master’s program in Nuclear Engineering is comprised of the following two fields:

  • Nuclear Power
  • Radiological and Health Physics

Graduates of a master’s level degree program in Nuclear Engineering must be competent in a wide range of disciplines that impinge on the safe and reliable operation of the many and varied systems that comprise radiological equipment, nuclear power plants and related facilities. They must understand the complex interrelationships between humans, non-human biota and the physical, chemical, economic and social components of the environment. The program provides the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary for practicing professionals in nuclear engineering.

Under the guidance of a research supervisor and a multidisciplinary team of scientific and engineering faculty, students in the MASc have the opportunity to engage in in-depth study of particular problems that emphasize theory and/or experimentation.

A current list of graduate faculty is available on the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science website.

Admissions requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate studies , applicants must meet the following program-specific requirements:

MASc and MEng in Nuclear Engineering

  • Completion of a four-year honours undergraduate science or engineering degree from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least a B (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale), with a minimum B in the last two years (four semesters) of full-time undergraduate work or equivalent, although a B+ is preferred for MASc applicants.

Close technical contact with a faculty member is an essential part of graduate education in engineering and science. Prior the being accepted into the MASC program, applicants must find a professor who specializes in their desired area of research and who is willing to act as a supervisor.  In the event that the applicant cannot find a thesis supervisor, the applicant may be considred for admission into the MEng course-based option.

Part-time studies

To facilitate access to all potential students, part-time studies are permitted. In particular, engineers in industry may wish to pursue the MEng program through part-time studies.

Degree requirements

The objective of the MASc program is to prepare students for careers as engineers in fields that require specialized knowledge and skills. It is expected that graduates of the program will be able to work as engineers in industry, companies and government agencies with strong research and development programs or to continue their education by pursuing a PhD degree. The objective of the MASc program is achieved through a combination of course work, supervised research, a research seminar and a research thesis. Students must complete five courses for a total of 15 credits, a non-credit seminar course and a thesis worth 15 credits. Full-time students must register for NUCL 5003G  in each year of study, in each semester it is offered. Part-time students must register for NUCL 5003G  in each year of study, for one semester.  MASc students must defend their research thesis in front of an examining committee.

Additional requirements

Students may take no more than one third of their courses from the undergraduate courses listed or other 4000-level courses specifically approved by the graduate program director, provided the students did not take similar courses during their undergraduate degree programs.

Students must take at least half of their graduate courses from the list of NUCL 5000-level graduate courses. Courses that are not listed but offered by other faculties at the university can only be taken for credit if first approved by the graduate program director. Courses offered by other universities can only be taken for credit if approved by the graduate program director.

Courses are offered on the basis of demand with the expectation that courses will be offered at a minimum of once every two years.

Course listing

Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering courses available for credit towards a graduate program in nuclear engineering or nuclear technology

  • NUCL 4510U - Nuclear Plant Chemistry
  • NUCL 4610U - Corrosion for Engineers
  • NUCL 4625U - Radioactive Waste Management Design
  • NUCL 4640U - Nuclear Plant Operations
  • ESNS 4660U - Risk Analysis Methods
  • NUCL 4670U - Shielding Design
  • NUCL 4680U - Nuclear Materials
  • NUCL 4700U - Nuclear Plant Design and Simulation
  • NUCL 4730U - Reactor Control
  • NUCL 4780U - Nuclear Reactor Design
  • NUCL 4810U - Nuclear Fuel Cycles
  • NUCL 4880U - Principles of Fusion Energy

Undergraduate Health Physics and Radiation Science courses available for credit towards a graduate program in the nuclear engineering or nuclear technology

  • RADI 4220U - Radiation Biophysics and Dosimetry
  • RADI 4430U - Industrial Applications of Radiation Techniques
  • RADI 4440U - Radioisotopes and Radiation Machines
  • RADI 4550U - Radiation Detection and Measurement


Course descriptions for the undergraduate courses listed above can be found in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar and Course Catalogue.

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