Master 1



M1 Physics & Engineering or M1 Chemistry & Engineering

The Master of Nuclear Engineering aims to form high-level French as well as foreign students to address the current and future needs of the nuclear industry: optimization of the performances of the current nuclear reactors, design of the nuclear installations of 3rd generation (reactors and factories of the fuel cycle), developments of new processes and systems of 4th generation, operation of the running installations, decommissioning and waste management.

Language of instruction: English
ECTS: 60
Oriented: Industry or research
Duration: 1 year
Courses Location: first and second semester: INSTN (Saclay) and Université Paris Sud 11

Educational objectives

The M1 tracks aim at preparing to the M2 program. As students arrive with different backgrounds, courses provided in M1 are designed to both upgrade knowledge and provide essential skills for the next year. Thus, essential concept in nuclear physics, material science, thermohydraulic, neutronics and nuclear reactor physics are studied. This is completed with more specific lectures such as mathematics, thermodynamics, economy of energy, data processing, project management.

The speciality courses of the M1 Track Physics & Engineering (M1P), which are very oriented towards the solid mechanics and fluid mechanics, prepare students for the second year in the Master. Students following this track will be able to continue in the track Nuclear Reactor Physics and Engineering (NRPE) or in the track Nuclear Plant and Design (NPD) or in the track Decommissioning and Waste Management (DWM) or in the track Operations (O).

The speciality courses of the M1 Track Chemistry & Engineering (M1C) cover a broad field of chemistry, allowing students to continue for the second year in the tracks Fuel Cycle (FC) or Decommissioning and Waste Management (DWM) or Operations (O) or Nuclear Plant and Design (NPD).

This training is completed with practical experience under the form of an internship in a research laboratory where students have the opportunity to practice the recently acquired knowledge.

Program structure

Program Courses

Involved laboratories

  • IPNO
  • LAL

Career prospects

Career prospects in industry: Nuclear energy. Engineering.
in types of activities: Research and development. Decommissioning, Safe operator, Waste Management, Radioprotection, Design of the nuclear installations or of the nuclear reactor, Construction, Consulting offices, Research in Higher education.

Institutional partners

  • Chimie-ParisTech
  • Ecoles des Ponts ParisTech
  • CentraleSupélec
  • ENSTA Paris
  • Université Paris-Saclay.

Industrial patners

  • EDF
  • CEA


Academic Prerequisites

  • Students with a solid scientific background relevant with the Master program and having validated a Bachelor.

Language prerequisite

  • English

Application timeline

Deadlines for the Master application sessions are as follows:
– First session: February 28, 2020
– Second session: April 30, 2020
– Third Session (optional): June 30, 2020 (only if there are availabilities remaining after the 2 first sessions)
Applications not finalized for a session will automatically be carried over to the next session.

You shall receive an answer 2 months after the application deadline of the session.

Tuition fees

International Master: EU students : 250 euros / Non-EU students: 4250 euros


Matthieu Lebois

Aurélien Debelle