The ICO Nuclear CDT is an EPSRC sponsored joint Centre for Doctoral Training between Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and The Open University.

Nuclear Engineering is an exciting field which needs a new generation of future leaders. Our CDT programme will provide you with a firm footing in the industry, with a solid academic training programme, as well as providing new innovation and research new technologies to maintain capability, explore new opportunities for growth and expansion of the global nuclear landscape.

The 1 + 3 ICO CDT Programme

 Your programme of study will include a 1 year full-time (12 months) MRes in Nuclear Energy at Imperial College London, starting in October.

This will then be followed by a PhD research project at one of the academic partners, often in partnership with industry.

As a graduate of the ICO CDT in Nuclear Energy you will receive two higher degrees.

After successful completion of year 1, you will be awarded the MRes in Nuclear Energy from Imperial College London.

Following on successful completion of your PhD research project, you will receive a PhD from either Imperial College London, The University of Cambridge or The Open University.

Course content overview

You will be taught by academic and industrials experts who will cover a range of areas. You will gain an understanding of the current position of the UK nuclear industry with a national and international perspective and knowledge in:

  • Reactor systems: construction, operation, monitoring and safety systems
  • Reactor physics and control: neutronics, nuclear reactions and reactor dynamics
  • Materials performance: radiation damage, radiation effects, ageing, corrosion and mitigation
  • Nuclear safety management
  • Nuclear waste: reprocessing, waste form synthesis and performance and decommissioning, decontamination, transport of  radiotoxic species and geological disposal
  • Fuel cycle: from mining, conversion, enrichment, fabrication and performance to spent fuel storage
  • Radiation protection: shielding, dose and biological effects
  • Nuclear accidents: component failure, operation errors, consequences and mitigation
  • A reactor working environment through a reactor site visit


Home/EU students

There are many  4-year fully-funded EPSRC studentships available. Studentships from this funding stream require you to either be a UK citizen or a European Union national who has been resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to your CDT studentship.

This funding will cover tuition fees and a stipend for both the MRes (year 1) and the PhD (years 2-4) parts of your study.

International students

Funding is unavailable to international students for this programme. International students may apply only if they are self-funded.