Master 2

Nuclear Plant and Design


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: first semester: INSTN (Saclay) and second semester: ENSTA-Paris (Palaiseau)

Educational objectives

The Nuclear Plant Design 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.

Program structure

  • Safety & Criticality, 3 ECTS, 24h courses
  • PWR Functional Description, 3 ECTS, 24 courses
  • Radioprotection, 3 ECTS, 27h courses
  • Fuel Cycles & Other Systems, 3 ECTS, 27h courses
  • Risk Management, 4 ECTS, 30h courses, 30h lab
  • Applied Nuclear Physics, 2 ECTS, 24 courses, 24 lab
  • Thermohydraulic, 4 ECTS, 42h courses, 42 courses
  • Nuclear Materials: Concrete, 2 ECTS, 24 courses
  • Earthquake, 3 ECTS, 30 courses
  • Calculation code, 3 ECTS, 30 courses
  • Energy Transition, Flexibility, 2 ECTS, 15 courses
  • Nuclear Materials: Corrosion, 1 ECTS, 12 courses
  • Design 2 ECTS, 24h courses
  • Systems & Equipments, 4 ECTS, 39 courses
  • Numerical Design, 3 ECTS, 33courses
  • Internship 18 ECTS

Involved laboratories

  • Ecole polytechnique, Ensta-Paris

Career prospects

  • Nuclear energy. Engineering.

In types of activities: Research and development. Design, Construction, Consulting offices, Research in Higher education.

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.

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)