Nuclear Engineering

Joint program EPFL-ETHZ

Towards sustainable energy supply.

Clean, affordable and reliably available energy is of paramount importance for the well-being of industrialized economies and the development of emerging countries.

Nuclear power is one of the principal options for closing the growing energy gap in a mid-term perspective and, depending on the availability of new generations of nuclear facilities and technologies, also a potentially crucial resource in the long-term.

Program’s objectives

The program in Nuclear Engineering aims to:

  • provide in-depth knowledge on the fundamentals and technology of harnessing nuclear fission for energy supply
  • present the basic principles and challenges of controlled nuclear fusion
  • provide knowledge on nuclear techniques in medical research and industry
  • present a view on the complete nuclear energy conversion system and the entire fuel cycle from uranium mining to the back-end
  • offer the background necessary to integrate nuclear energy into energy systems as a whole

Students spend the 1st semester at EPFL, the 2nd at ETH Zürich, and the 3rd and 4th principally at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI).

Holders of the Master of Science EPF-ETH degree in Nuclear Engineering qualify for an interesting, multidisciplinary profession with excellent job opportunities in industry, research and national authorities. Tasks that are on the agenda represent scientific and technical challenges for motivated young engineers and researchers.

Simplified study plan

Please note that the information regarding programs’ structure as well as the simplified study plans may be subject to change and that they are not legally binding. Only the official regulations and study plans are binding.

Admission criteria

Bachelor’s degree in sciences or engineering with an excellent academic record.

The strong interdisciplinary character of the Master’s program in Nuclear Engineering is reflected in the fact that the program is open to a wide range of Bachelor’s degree holders. Candidates are expected to have a solid background in mathematics, physics and a good engineering foundation.

Further information about admission criteria

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Diploma and title obtained

Upon completion of their Master’s curricula, students obtain a Master of Science MSc in Nuclear Engineering delivered jointly by EPFL and ETHZ. The diploma also gives graduates the right to use the title of EPF-ETH qualified Engineer.

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To learn more about this program, please use the following contacts:

[email protected]

0041 21 693 33 00

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