Master 2

Nuclear Energy


The Master of Nuclear Engineering aims to form high-level foreign and French students to answer 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: 1Y
Courses Location:

  • Track NPD– first semester: INSTN (Saclay) and second semester: ENSTA-Paris (Palaiseau)
  • Track DWM – first semester: INSTN (Saclay) and second semester: CentraleSupélec (Université Paris Saclay) & Ecoles des Ponts ParisTech (Marne la Vallée)
  • Track FC – first semester: INSTN (Saclay) and second semester: Chimie ParisTech
  • Track NRPE  – INSTN (Saclay)
  • Track O –  first semester: INSTN (Saclay) and second semester: CentraleSupélec (Paris-Saclay)

Educational objectives

In the second year, five tracks are proposed:

The Nuclear Plant Design (NPD) major gives students a deep education in the field of design and construction of nuclear installations, particularly in the fields of safety monitoring, general operation, structures and infrastructures as well as systems and equipments. It involves the understanding of physical phenomena, which underlie the operation of nuclear reactors. Students are initiated to the main codes of structures calculation, nuclear reactor operation, radiation protection concepts related to the protection of man and his environment. It aims at giving students a complete skill in the Nuclear Energy field, not only technical, but also economical, organizational and managerial. This track is accessible from both M1.

The Decommissioning and Waste Management (DWM) major gives the necessary knowledge for the decommissioning of old nuclear facilities and management of waste. It covers all procedures needed to ensure the safety of people and environment. This track is accessible from both M1.

The Fuel Cycle (FC) major gives the knowledge needed for the various stages of the fuel cycle; with a particular focus on separation and transmutation. Recent advances in this area are leading to a revolution in the approach to the reactor cycle by introducing the notion of recycling and incineration of the minor actinides. The vision of the Fuel Cycle integrates the confinement of radio nuclides prior to storage, the development of new materials and the understanding of chemical mechanisms and geochemistry, which govern the evolution of storage. The basic research concepts that are necessary to develop processes and design new industrial equipment and tools are introduced. The Fuel Cycle major has a dynamic approach where education, R&D, development and industrial engineering are strongly correlated. This track is only accessible from M1 Chemistry.

The objective of the Nuclear Reactor Physics and Engineering (NRPE) major is to provide in-depth training in the field of nuclear reactor physics: existing reactor operations, developing and installing third-generation reactors and, designing and developing future Generation IV systems. These objectives require a systematic and overall vision to provide a grasp of the whole dimension of civil nuclear power. Indeed, reactor-related studies generally imply a strong coupling between thermohydraulics, neutronics, reactor materials and fuel. This track is only accessible from M1 Physics.

The Operations (O) major enables students to learn how to operate and maintain safely and efficiently nuclear facilities, in particular an electro-nuclear power plant. The courses provide students with a strong knowledge of the physical phenomena developed in the plant during nominal operation, non-nominal conditions which affect safe operation. Students are trained on the procedures needed to keep or recover the safe state of operation of systems and ensure protection of people and the environment. Organizational and managerial skills will complement deep technical competence. This track is mainly accessible from M1 Physics.

Program structure

M2 Nuclear Energy Program

Involved laboratories

  • Ecole polytechnique, Ensta-Paris

Career prospects

  • Nuclear energy. Engineering.
  • All operation sectors of electronuclear power plants.

In types of activities:

  • Track NPD: Research and development. Design, Construction, Consulting offices, Research in Higher education.
  • Track DWM: Consultant engineer (responsible for defining the nature and stages of decommissioning operations, or responsible for devising storage during the decommission); Implementation engineer (responsible for directing and overseeing on-site operations); Operations engineer of waste storage facilities; Project Engineer in charge of decommissioning operations; Safety engineer responsible for setting on site regulations related to waste management
  • Track FC : Engineer (on a raw uranium production site, in factories involved in fuel cycle at different stages : refinement, enrichment or recycling). Positions in design, engineering, operation and monitoring of waste storage sites and in operating nuclear power plant.
  • Track NRPE: Engineers on the nuclear job market. Researchers in the field of nuclear reactor.
  • Track O: Operations engineer; Head of operations; Safety engineer; Head of maintenance; Environmental process engineer.

Institutional partners

  • Chimie-ParisTech
  • Ecoles des Ponts ParisTech
  • CentraleSupélec
  • Université Paris Sud
  • KIC Inno Energy
  • Université Paris-Saclay.

Industrial partners

  • EDF
  • CEA


Application guidelines for a master’s program at IP Paris

Academic prerequisites

  • Students from university with science courses, in France or abroad, having validated 60 ECTS (Master of Science of Physics, Chemistry, Mechanics or Nuclear Engineering).

Language prerequisites

  • 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.
You can check your application status by logging in your candidate space.

Tuition Fees

International Master: EU students : 250 euros / Non-EU students: 8250 euros (12250 euros for students applying directly in year 2 of the MSc)