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Bachelor of Science (Honours) specialising in Nuclear Power

Nuclear power stations operating in over 30 countries provide approximately 13% of the world’s electricity. Nuclear energy is a part of the existing and planned energy and electricity policy of South Africa.

This Bachelor of Science (Honours) programme provides an interdisciplinary postgraduate qualification in the key aspects of nuclear power for societal benefit. The programme provides a balance of the scientific, engineering and applications aspects of nuclear power, including the policy, operating, safety and regulatory aspects.

The degree comprises coursework to the minimum of 108 credits and a 40-credit final year project. The programme is designed to accommodate students who cannot be resident in Cape Town for the full duration of the degree. The courses will be offered in intensive one-week blocks, with pre-contact reading and post-contact assignments and various distance learning activities. Students will be required to be in Cape Town for the intensive course periods and the examination.


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Core Courses

Number Course NQF Credits HEQSF Level
EEE4106Z Introductory nuclear physics and radiation for power supply 16 8
EEE4107Z Thermodynamics for nuclear power stations 16 8
EEE4108Z Electrical and mechanical equipment in nuclear power stations 16 8
EEE4109Z Theory and design of nuclear reactors 16 8
EEE4110Z Operation and safety of nuclear reactors 16 8
EEE4111Z Regulatory standards for nuclear power 16 8
MEC4111Z Nuclear manufacturing & construction engineering management 12 8
EEE4112Z Honours Nuclear Project 40 8
Total credits per year   148  

Please note that courses will only be offered if there are a sufficient number of students registered for the course.