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Master of Nuclear Science

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

  • Length 2 years full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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The Master of Nuclear Science is a two-year graduate program that gives you the opportunity to study the fundamentals and applications of nuclear science, including materials analysis, dating techniques, nuclear medicine, and nuclear energy.

The ANU Master of Nuclear Science gives you opportunities for laboratory-based training using advanced equipment. It also enables you to develop the scientific background you need for informed debate on nuclear issues, without advocating a particular position.

Career Options

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Explain fundamental concepts of nuclear science to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  2. Interpret, synthesize and critically evaluate nuclear information as it applies in diverse contexts.
  3. Use radiation detectors and broadly apply practical knowledge of nuclear measurement methods.
  4. Perform experimental work, collate data, interpret and analyse results, and write research reports.
  5. Discuss, interpret and critically analyse contemporary issues of nuclear technology based on a sound knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, the alternative types of nuclear reactor, the behaviour and effects of ionizing radiation, and the applications of nuclear accelerators.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 70%.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Cognate disciplines

Engineering, Science

Program Requirements

The Master of Nuclear Science requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 12 units from completion of PHYS8207 Special Project

A minimum of 48 units from completion of courses from the following list:

PHYS8201 Fundamentals of Nuclear Science

PHYS8202 Reactor Science

PHYS8203 Accelerators and their application

PHYS8204 Fundamentals of Nuclear Radiation

PHYS8205 Nuclear Fuel Cycle

PHYS8206 Nuclear Measurement

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century

SCOM8014 Communicating Science with the Public

SCOM8027 Science and Public Policy

A maximum of 36 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

SCOM6016 Science in the Media

SCOM8012 Science Communication and the Web

SCOM8015 Speaking of Science

SCOM8501 Strategies in Science Communication

ENVS6013 Society and Environmental Change

ENVS6014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

ENVS6020 Human Ecology

ENVS6025 Complex Environmental Problems in Action

ENVS6033 International Environmental Policy

ENVS6101 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability

ENVS6103 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS6306 Human Futures

ENVS6528 Environmental Policy

PHYS8207 Special Project can be taken more than once.

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
Annual indicative fee for domestic students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Additional Information

Students who have completed 48 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Diploma of Science.

Students who have completed 24 units and wish to exit the program have the option of transferring to graduate from a Graduate Certificate of Science.

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