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Nuclear Engineering (Master's programs)

Program details

Faculty
Engineering and Applied Science

Degree
Master of Applied Science
Master of Engineering

Delivery method
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
MASc: September, January, May
MEng: September or January

Length
MASc: 24 months, based on full-time study
MEng: 12 to 16 months, based on full-time study

Program load
Full-time
Part-time

Program format
MASc: Courses with MASc research thesis
MEng: Course-based or courses with major project

Overview

A male instructor points something out on a large diagram on the wall to a group of students The Master's programs in Nuclear Engineering encompass the nuclear power industry, from fuel manufacture to radioactive waste disposal, and the many and varied applications of radiation in industrial and medical disciplines.

The Master's programs in Nuclear Engineering prepare graduates to be competent in a wide range of disciplines that impinge on the safe and reliable operation of the many and varied systems that comprise radiological equipment, nuclear power plants and related facilities. Graduates will understand the complex interrelationships between humans, non-human biota, and the physical, chemical, economic and social components of the environment. The program provides the depth and breadth of knowledge necessary for practicing professionals in nuclear engineering. Typical workplace activities of Nuclear Engineering graduates include fundamental and applied research, design and development of new equipment, systems and procedures, maintenance and modifications, commissioning and decommissioning of equipment and complete facilities, operation, analysis and regulatory affairs.

Master of Applied Science (MASc)

The objective of the MASc program is to prepare students for careers as engineers in fields that require specialized knowledge and skills. It is expected that graduates of the program will be able to work as engineers in industry, companies and government agencies with strong research and development programs or to continue their education by pursuing a PhD degree.

The MASc program in Nuclear Engineering is comprised of the following two fields:

  • Nuclear Power
  • Radiological and Health Physics

The objective of the MASc program is achieved through a combination of course work, supervised research, a research seminar and a research thesis. Students must complete five courses for a total of 15 credits, a non-credit seminar course and a thesis worth 15 credits.

Master of Engineering (MEng)

The objective of the MEng program is to provide the opportunity for engineers in industry to upgrade and expand their skills, including developing research skills. Graduates of the program will be able to use what they have learned in a variety of applications in industry, government and academia.

For the course-based option, students must complete 10 courses worth a total of 30 credits.

For the project-based option, students must complete seven courses worth a total of 21 credits and a graduate research project worth nine credits. Under the supervision of a faculty member, students have the opportunity to integrate and synthesize knowledge gained throughout their program of study. The chosen topic is dependent on the area of specialization of the student, using resources normally available on campus. Students are required to write a report and give a presentation on their completed project.

All MEng students are admitted to the course-based option. Students may request transfer to the project-based option after at least one term of study, if they find a faculty member who is willing to act as their project supervisor.

For full details regarding the degree requirements of these programs, please refer to the Graduate Academic Calendar.


Admissions

Admissions


  • Hold a four-year honours undergraduate science or engineering degree from a Canadian university, or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
  • Minimum overall academic standing of a B (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale or 73 to 76 per cent), with a minimum B average in the last two full-time years (four semesters) of undergraduate work or equivalent. A B+ is preferred for Master of Applied Science (MASc) applicants.
Required supporting documents:

Please see the checklist of required documents for a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your application.

Important note: The Department of Energy and Nuclear Engineering does not accept potential supervisors as referees for graduate studies applications. Please visit the letters of recommendation page for further details.

 

Required test scores for English language proficiency:

See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.

Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.

Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.

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Many of our graduate programs are extremely competitive; the number of qualified applicants normally exceeds the number of seats available for each intake. Satisfaction of minimum entry requirements does not ensure admission.

Program details

Faculty
Engineering and Applied Science

Degree
Master of Applied Science
Master of Engineering

Delivery method
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
MASc: September, January, May
MEng: September or January

Length
MASc: 24 months, based on full-time study
MEng: 12 to 16 months, based on full-time study

Program load
Full-time
Part-time

Program format
MASc: Courses with MASc research thesis
MEng: Course-based or courses with major project

Research areas

  • Energy and material flows for sustainable cities
  • Energy systems analysis
  • Health physics, threat detection and security
  • Instrumentation and control, safety systems
  • Microgrids and energy management
  • Nuclear and energy data analytics, modeling and simulations
  • Nuclear fuel cycle, materials, waste and plant chemistry
  • Nuclear power systems
  • Nuclear reactor instrumentation, control and simulation
  • Nuclear reactor materials and corrosion
  • Nuclear reactor physics
  • Nuclear reactor safety
  • Nuclear reactor systems
  • Nuclear reactor thermal hydraulics and heat transfer
  • PRA/PSA, risk management, nuclear security
  • Radiation protection and measurement
  • Radioactive waste management

Learn more about the research areas within this program and find research experts by visiting the faculty’s website and the university's Expert Centre.


Additional information


  • ENGR 5510G – Foundations of Software Engineering
  • ENGR 5520G – Software Development Methods and Tools
  • ENGR 5590G – Software Engineering Studio
  • ENGR 5550G - Software Testing and Quality Assurance
  • ENGR 5560G - Software Security and Dependability
  • ENGR 5740G - User Interface Design
  • ENGR 5785G - Real-Time Data Analytics for Internet of Things

Please note that courses are subject to change without notice.

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Internal awards and funding

Applicants to research-based graduate programs who are studying full-time are automatically considered for some types of funding at the time of admission.

Types of funding that do not require an application:

  • Entrance scholarships
  • Minimum funding packages
  • Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and graduate research assistantships

For more details on the above funding opportunities, see graduate student awards and funding.

Please note: Part-time students are not eligible for the above funding opportunities.

External awards and funding

Graduate program applicants are encouraged to apply for external awards to help finance their education. The application process differs for each competition, so review the information carefully to determine where and when you must apply. Please note: The majority of these awards are for domestic or permanent residents only.

Tuition fees for graduate programs are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.

Contact the program:

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
905.721.8668 ext. 2988
engineering@ontariotechu.ca

Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209
gradstudies@ontariotechu.ca