• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 6 months
Nuclear energy is back in the news as governments around the world increasingly commit to building new nuclear reactors. Earn a Science: Nuclear Energy degree at The Open University UK.  


Ranging from fission to fusion, this course explores the scientific and technological background to nuclear energy, the biological effects of radiation and the cost of producing electricity.

This Science: Nuclear Energy course from The Open University UK explores the scientific and technological concepts relating to atoms, nuclei, radioactivity and energy production in power stations to give an appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of obtaining energy in this way. Building on these foundations, you will go on to learn more about the role of geology in waste storage and disposal issues, and the difficulties of disposing of highly radioactive waste. The idea of burying nuclear waste deep underground for many years until its radioactivity has reduced to a safe level is being investigated by a number of countries, and a portion of your study will focus on the example of the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada, USA. You will learn more about the scientific considerations of storing nuclear waste underground and consider other issues, such as the political questions, which make Yucca Mountain’s future uncertain.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 6 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

By the end of this course you should be able to:
  • Demonstrate general knowledge and understanding of some of the basic facts, concepts and principles relating to nuclear energy and the science and technology underpinning its production, as well as its role in the sustainable energy debate and the issues that arise in connection with nuclear power.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the contribution that science can make to informed debate on environmental and sustainable energy issues.
  • Make sense of information presented in a variety of ways, including textual, numerical, graphical and audio/video-based material and make logical deductions.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

In this course you will meet a wide range of scientific and technological subjects and will have to be prepared to understand some basic science, e.g. physics, biology, chemistry and geology. While it is designed for people who are new to these subject areas, you will probably find that you can move faster through the study materials if you have a little basic knowledge of general science. However all you really need is an interest in the issues involved in nuclear energy and learning more about the science behind it. If you have read popular books and magazines on the subject, you will find that the course develops your understanding and introduces topics that you have not met before.

Tuition Fee

  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    165 GBP/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 165 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 6 months.
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