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Nuclear engineering with a Mphys Degree (UK)

  1. Nov 17, 2008 #1
    Hi All
    First post, so: Hi :smile:

    I'm in the final year of a MPhys Physics degree at St Andrews Uni, and I expect to do pretty well. I've been thinking about going in for the nuclear industy beacuse I'm a bit of an idealist, and I really think nuclear power will help the UK. The problem is that my MPhys does not include much engineering - only physics.

    So I have a few questions for people:

    1. How easy/possible is it for a physicist to become a nuclear engineer? Will I have to learn a lot of new engineering stuff, or will I be able to find a niche where the work is more physics-orientated? Has anyone on here done it?

    2. What's the best way to go about it. Is the industry looking for Masters or PhDs? TBH I'm likley to do a PhD anyway.

    3. If a PhD is advisable, what sort of thing is good? Does anyone know of companies in the nuclear industry who might sponsor such a PhD? As an avid mountaineer, I'd like to find a place in scotland, but that might be asking a bit much (especially with the SNP about).

    Thanks in advance for your time.
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