Clean, affordable and reliably available energy is of paramount
importance for the well-being of industrialised economies and the development
of emerging countries.
Among the potential candidates for a long-term
substitution of fossil fuel, power
generation by nuclear fission is one of the options with low environmental
impact, base-load compatibility, vast fuel reserves and a final energy price
that is nearly independent of the price of the raw energy carrier.
power thus constitutes one of the principal options for closing the growing
energy gap in a mid-term perspective and, depending on the availability of new
generations of nuclear facilities and technologies, also a potentially crucial
resource in the long-term.
Start of the Master program in Nuclear Engineering
The first group of students attending courses at EPF Lausanne
Students of the Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering will qualify for an interesting, multidisciplinary profession with excellent job opportunities in industry, research and national authorities. Tasks that are on the agenda – like the safe and reliable operation of existing and new reactors, the development of novel reactor types, the sustainable supply of nuclear fuel, the closure of the fuel cycle, the disposal of radioactive waste without harm to the environment, and many others – represent scientific and technical challenges for motivated young engineers and researchers.
Nuclear power generation is a high-tech sector, involving an extremely
high degree of “refining” of the raw material, natural uranium. The whole energy
conversion process is very complex, with safety technology and safety culture
being indispensable knowledge-intensive factors. The resulting high degree of
multi-disciplinary scientific and technological knowledge needed determines the
character of the education offered in the new Master's program.
EPFL, ETH Zurich, and the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) have a rich and long tradition of nuclear education and research in the nuclear energy field. The Master’s program unites these strengths, offering a comprehensive and high-quality curriculum.
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