Co-founder of Seaborg Technologies Eirik Eide Pettersen, MSc EMINE
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A new generation of advanced nuclear technologies offer unparalleled power, speed and scalability to dramatically accelerate the transition to a low or even post-carbon energy landscape. At the same time, innovations in waste management have dramatically reduced risk and negative impact on the environment.
Experts across the globe coincide on the potential of nuclear energy in the fight against climate change. In fact, the four most promising pathways that could limit global warming by 1.5°C by 2050 include nuclear energy.
The possibilities are clear. And enormously exciting.
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Fast track to a world-class career
However, to drive innovation and accelerate safe and effective deployment, we now have an urgent need for a new generation of engineers – change leaders who have the big-picture understanding, the world-class technical skills, the entrepreneurial tools and the innovation mindset to fully leverage this opportunity. To overcome the challenges. And to play a critical role in forging a post-carbon future.
The Master’s in Nuclear Energy is your fast track to a world-class career at the cutting edge of innovation in the global energy transition.
In the second year, you remain in France and attend either theGrenoble INPor theUniversité Paris-Saclay. At this stage in the programme, students choose to specialise in one of the following areas:
Materials science for nuclear energy
Nuclear reactor physics and engineering
Nuclear plant design
Decommissioning and waste management
Your Master Thesis
You complete your second and final year with a Master’s thesis, which you undertake at one of our industrial or research partners. Your thesis should have a strong focus on innovative solutions and should be and should be aligned with research or technology projects in nuclear energy. Working on your thesis gives you privileged access to some of the most prestigious companies, research centres and installations in Europe. Their experts become mentors for your research.
Your thesis corresponds to five months of full-time study and is worth 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System credits (ECTS).
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The Master’s in Nuclear Energy is a fully rounded learning experience that not only equips you with the technical skill set and the industry understanding to launch your career in nuclear energy – you are also empowered with leading-edge innovation and entrepreneurial tools to accelerate new solutions and drive business impact.
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During your three-week Summer School at Grenoble Ecole de Management you explore:
Lean R&D and design thinking techniques
New business and product pitching
Different business models and their applications
Simulation games to identify entrepreneurial opportunities
Intercultural leadership and team management
Site visit to CORYS, world leader training and developer of simulators for nuclear plants.
At Summer School you will bring new understanding and innovation techniques to bear of your Business Case Challenge, designing your own dream tech nuclear solution for challenges like climate, space, safety or hybrid nuclear-renewable energy systems.
Integrated Industry Exposure and Networking
You have the chance to visit a number of real-world nuclear facilities to experience innovation in action.
Field visits and internship placements on offer include:
This two-week summer course offers you the chance to see the geological storage of spent nuclear fuel at first-hand. In addition to lectures, you can visit the Äspö Hard Rock Laboratory near Oskarshamn, southern Sweden. Lecture topics include the back-end of the fuel cycle, fourth generation reactors, reprocessing, geological considerations, decommissioning, petrology and mineralogy, hydrology and microbiology. There is also a programme of social and leisure events.
Paris Saclay, France
Field visits to nuclear sites across France during your time at Paris Saclay are determined by your choice of elective courses. Fieldtrip destinations include: Flamanvile, Tricastin, Marcoule, Melox, and La Hague. These visits incorporate every aspect of the industry, from fuel and energy production, waste recycling, and command centre simulations. Learn about day-to-day operations in a nuclear plant with EDF simulators and the CEA’s IRIS reactor.
Elective at Grenoble, France
Second-year students at Grenoble INP can opt for an elective focussing on nuclear materials, from nuclear fuel to nuclear components. Two unique course areas are available in this elective: a three-week course at CEA Cadarache, including visits to laboratories and ITER; and the EDF Material Aging Institute, looking at Pressurized Water Reactor components.
Watt’s Up Conference
All students have the chance to organise the Watt’s Up Conference. During the annual event, participants debate world energy issues for a large, non-specialist audience. You will receive support from our scientific and industrial experts, and we encourage you to present facts, answer questions, and engage your audience creatively and spontaneously.
Nuclear societal challenge
During the Year 1, students will be emerged into Nuclear Societal Challenge to deeper understand the context of nuclear energy. Faced with various project-based challenges, you will analyse the impact of decisions surrounding nuclear energy. From what would be the societal impact of shutting down a nuclear facility in terms of jobs, economy and alternative energy supply to opening or supporting other countrie's nuclear inititatives. You will learn to analyse not only immediate and future impacts but also responsibilities that will come with such decisions.
Dream Tech Project: lean & design thinking
In your Year 2, you will join a goup of fellow students to work on a Dream Tech Project. Presented with seperate topics around two subjects: Space Exploration and Molten Salt Reactor, you will strive to find answers, come up with ideas and figure out solutions towards technologies ahead of its time.
First-year Master’s School Kick-off
All first-year students on all InnoEnergy Master’s School programmes get together with tutors and industry experts from all sections of the energy sector to mark the start of the new academic year. This is your chance to build connections and network with peers and industry leaders.
All students are encouraged to apply for six- to eight-month internships at one of the programme’s industrial partners.
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Qualifications and learning outcomes
The programme is the perfect launchpad for an exciting future in nuclear energy, research or regulation – whatever you want it to be.
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You will join students from all over the world for two years at two different universities and one of Europe’s leading business schools. After successfully completing the programme and your Master’s thesis, you will receive a double diploma: a Master’s degree from two of the following institutions:
The EIT Label is a quality seal awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to a KIC educational programme that has been assessed positively by the EIT on the implementation of the EIT Quality Assurance and Learning Enhancement (EIT QALE) system and the application of specific quality criteria with focus on the EIT Overarching Learning Outcomes (EIT OLOs), robust entrepreneurship education, highly integrated, innovative ‘learning-by-doing’ curricula, international mobility and outreach. For more information please checkhere.