• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Andrew Stuchbery
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
    See Future Offerings

This course introduces students to the key concepts in Reactor Physics, including:

  • Basic nuclear principles (Fission, Neutron moderation)
  • Nuclear Fuel options
  • Reactor types (Boiling water, Pressurized water, Heavy water, Thorium, Fast breeder, Gas-cooled)
  • Reactor operation and control
  • Safety and accidents
  • New generation reactors
  • Reactor economics.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. explain basic reactor science
2. critically examine reactor types to identify their advantages and disadvantages
3. compare the merits of new generation reactors and appraise their technical status
4. critically review the issues affecting the economics of nuclear power
5. discuss nuclear accidents and evaluate reactor safety measures

Indicative Assessment

An assessment portfolio, to be negotiated with students in terms of formats and weightings, will be based on:

  • Problem sets and homework tasks (LO 1, 2)
  • Written assignments (LO 1-5)
  • Class presentations (LO 3-5)

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


2 lecture hours per week plus tutorials


Preliminary Reading

D. Bodansky, Nuclear Energy, Springer (2004) /K. Krane, Introductory Nuclear Physics, Wiley (1987) 


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3096
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1652 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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