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Nuclear Energy - GREEN CDT

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Not since the 1950s has there been a more exciting time to work within the field of nuclear science and engineering.

I have enjoyed the freedom to pursue both my specific technical PhD and the extracurricular outreach activities, each of which are enriching in their own way, giving me a broad base of employable skills.

Alexander Jackson / Nuclear CDT student

The Nuclear Sector Deal was published in 2018 and the industry is witnessing heavy investment.

While the decommissioning of legacy nuclear sites around the country continues to drive forward, ongoing investment is being made in both new nuclear build and small modular reactors. Nuclear will be an essential component in the country’s efforts to meet climate change targets; but to remain at the forefront of the industry the UK needs new Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).

GREEN provides both academic and industry-based research partnerships. A taught programme of learning, secondment opportunities, industrial co-supervision and a fully industry-based PhD project will shape you into the SME the nuclear industry needs.

This growing sector has an acute need for skilled nuclear scientists and engineers. Working alongside our 12 industry partners and in partnership with four more of the country’s leading nuclear universities, you will gain a deep theoretical and practical knowledge of nuclear fission and fusion for energy.


Collaboration is important to our CDT, and we welcome opportunities to work with industry and to collaborate with the wider community. If your business could benefit from our biomedical research or if you believe your students could benefit from collaborating with our researchers, we encourage you to connect with us.