Nuclear Energy Degrees

Education and Skills written question – answered on 8th February 2005.

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Photo of Mr Bill Tynan Mr Bill Tynan Labour, Hamilton South

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many undergraduate degree courses involving training in atomic energy related skills are available in England.

Photo of Kim Howells Kim Howells Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Education and Skills

holding answer 4 February 2005

The latest course listing on the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) website, which covers undergraduate courses only, shows that no universities currently offer undergraduate courses specifically in atomic energy. However, the report commissioned by the Nuclear Safety Directorate in autumn 2001 and the Update On Nuclear Education in British Universities December 2003, identified the following universities which ran postgraduate or undergraduate courses which contained some nuclear content:

Postgraduate Courses

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

City University 1

University of Cambridge 1

UHI Millennium Institute 1

University of Hull

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine 1

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool 1

Loughborough University

University of Manchester Victoria 1

Middlesex University 1

University of Plymouth

University of Salford

University of Sheffield

University of Southampton

Strathclyde University

University of Surrey 1

University of Wales, Swansea

University College London

Royal Navy School of Marine and Air Engineering, HMS Sultan (Department of Nuclear Science and Technology) 1 2

Undergraduate Courses

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Cambridge

City University

De Montfort University

The University of Hull

Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine

Lancaster University

University of Leeds

University of Liverpool

Loughborough University

University of Manchester Victoria

Middlesex University

University of Plymouth

University of Salford

University of Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Southampton

University of Strathclyde

University of Surrey

University College London

Royal Navy School of Marine and Air Engineering, HMS Sultan (Department of Nuclear Science and Technology) 1

1 Identifies Institutions from 2003 update where initiatives have been set up.

2 The report also included HMS Sultan, which is a Ministry of Defence establishment.

According to the 2001 report, the number of students on courses containing any nuclear content is around 320 students per year on postgraduate courses and around 1,460 per year on undergraduate courses.

The 2003 update suggests there has been encouraging signs of expansion in this field.

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