Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Protection

The Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Protection Degree programme has been designed with industry leaders BAE Systems and Westinghouse Springfields Fuels and with further developments supported by National Nuclear Laboratory and the Office for Nuclear Regulation and others.

This unique programme delivers the multi-disciplinary and technical skills needed to succeed as a nuclear engineer and radiation protection practitioner. It also provides a thorough understanding of the complex nuclear / engineering business, including safety and looking towards future, environmental and operational changes with regards to radiation practice. The programme comprises the Foundation Degree in Nuclear Engineering followed by a BEng (Hons) Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Protection top-up, awarded by Lancaster University.


NucRP Modules

Entry Requirements

The normal entry criteria at level 4 of this degree is five GCSE’s at Grade 4 or above, (or equivalent Level 2 qualifications), including English, Mathematics and a Science subject PLUS a minimum of 48 UCAS points (excluding functional skills) from one of the following:

  • Two A Levels (or equivalent), to include mathematics and a technology, engineering or a science based subject.
  • A National Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma (or equivalent) in a science or technology based subject, including merits in mathematics.

If English is not the candidates first language, an IELTS score of at least 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills is also required.

Note: Mature candidates and applicants who have alternative equivalent qualifications or can demonstrate relevant industrial experience will be interviewed on an individual basis to determine suitability for the programme.

Applicants must also be employed within an appropriate setting/sector. Your employer will be able to offset the tuition fees associated with this programme against the Apprenticeship Levy; they should seek financial guidance on this through professional services.

Equipment Requirements

You will be required to provide your own stationary and scientific or graphical calculator. You will also require regular access to a PC with internet access to complete independent study via Canvas and Teams.

Learning Resources are provided on-site and free for students to use Monday to Saturday at both our Bispham Campus and University Centre.

Other equipment during your course may include personal protective equipment for workshops, such as boots, gloves and overalls. Guidance as to what specific equipment is required will be provided in advance of your workshop.

It is recommended that students join a Professional Engineering Institution as a student member, with a small associated cost.


This degree has been written with the intention to be accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)  and to meet the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). 

Accreditation will be sought for this programme at the earliest opportunity, and will be backdated to retrospectively apply from the start of this programme. Other degrees from the same provider have already been accredited, therefore there is confidence that this programme will meet the same standards.

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