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MEng in Nuclear Engineering

The Nuclear Engineering MEng program brings together expertise in a technical specialization with leadership, business, marketing, finance, and management skills. Culminating in a hands-on team-oriented capstone design project, you will apply engineering and business acumen to real-world challenges.

Innovative. Holistic understanding of engineering and business. Choose between full-time or part time enrollment. Interdisciplinary capstone design project.

Career-oriented. Increases likelihood of advancement toward goals after one year of intensive industry-related study. Career advice to help with professional development and placement.

Regular contact with industry. Industry partners help you apply technical knowledge to critical current issues. Guest lecturers share successes and failures.

Small and cross-disciplinary. Most technical class size are 20 students or less. Leadership courses range from 25-50 students.

A Master's degree is an essential beginning for a long-term career in Nuclear Engineering. A Master's degree will allow you a deeper technical specialization, giving you both a head start in your career and a long-term advantage by making it easier for you to track new developments and change direction in your career. Berkeley's Master of Engineering program goes beyond technical specialization to offer courses in engineering leadership and a team-oriented capstone project. The project allows you to practice, with guidance, the technical and non-technical skills that you learn in the classroom.
Berkeley is one of the top NE programs in the world. As a student in NE you will benefit from small class size that means close interaction with the faculty and fellow students in the graduate program.
Program overview
  • Completed in 9 months (fall & spring semesters)
  • 25 units of coursework in three areas: core leadership (8), technical specialty (12), capstone project (5)
  • Full or part-time enrollment
  • Cross-disciplinary cohort with students from other Berkeley engineering departments
  • Small classes for maximum interaction with students, instructors, and industry collaborators
  • Career advising and placement, access to alumni and industry connections
Technical Concentrations
  • Nuclear reactors design, management and infrastructure
In this concentration you will focus on the systems and the infrastructure needed for generating electricity from nuclear energy. You will learn about advanced reactors, fuel cycle, safety and security, electric grid, and environmental impact assessment.
  • Applied nuclear science and radiation detection
This concentration is concerned with the low-energy nuclear physics and interaction of radiation with matter important to nuclear chemistry, nuclear technology and applications. You will learn about fundamental nuclear physics measurements for applied purposes and the development of advanced detectors and methodologies, in addition to the application of nuclear techniques in a wide range of studies. Capstone projects often leverage experimental facilities such as the 88" cyclotron at LBNL and the High Flux Neutron Generator in Etcheverry Hall.
  • Nuclear materials and manufacturing
In this concentration you will focus on materials degradation in nuclear environments be it fission, fusion or accelerators. You will learn about commercial nuclear facilities and their requirements, the structural materials for nuclear applications, their fabrication, deployment, and degradation, including advanced manufacturing techniques
  • Medical physics
This concentration is concerned with the biological effects of radiation, dosimetry, radiation shielding, radiation protection, and the development of methods based on the application of radiation for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and disease. You will learn about medical imaging, boron neutron capture therapy, and radioactive tracers, computerized tomography, positron emission tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.
The innovative and experiential MEng curriculum is popular with recent B.S. graduates as well as among those already working in the field.
Degree requirements include 25 units of coursework in three areas:
  • core leadership curriculum
  • your technical specialty, chosen among the four NE concentrations
The NE MEng degree is administered by Berkeley’s Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
A B.S. in NE is not needed, but you must have a strong technical background equivalent to a B.S. in engineering as determined by the department.
Email or call a MEng admissions adviser at the Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership.
For questions specific to the NE program email us.