Nuclear Science Engineering deals with application of the breakdown (fission) as well as the fusion of nuclei and/or the application of other sub-atomic physics, based on the principles of nuclear physics. It provides knowledge about the uses of nuclear fission, construction, design, processing and management of nuclear reactors as well as inventions of nuclear materials. This is very important and emerging field as it is becoming the energy hub for electricity and in many other areas.
- IIT Bombay, Maharashtra
- IIT Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh
- Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Mumbai, Maharashtra
- School Of Nuclear Energy Gandhinagar, Gujarat
- Amity Institute Of Nuclear Science And Technology Noida, Uttar Pradesh
- Sastra University, Tamil Nadu
- Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gujarat
- SRM University Kattankulathur, Kanchipuram
|SPECIALIZATION||Design of Nuclear Reactors and power plants, skilled in Applied Radiochemistry, skills in Ionizing Radiation.|
Courses and Eligibility:
|B.E/B.TECH||4 years||Candidates should have passed XII with PCM as compulsory subjects with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate from any recognized Institution/University.||JEE Main, OJEE|
|M.E/M.TECH||2 years||Candidates should have a B.E./B.Tech degree in Civil Engineering or B. Architecture/B. Planning with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks from any Institution.||
GATE, SRM JE
After you have successfully completed your graduation in Nuclear Science Engineering, some of the top organization you can be recruited in are:
|Organization Name||Designation||Average Salary/Month|
|BARC||Scientist, Engineer||INR 30,000|
|DRDO||Scientist, Engineer||INR 40,000|
- After the completion 12th with aggregation mark of at least 50% comprising the subjects physics, chemistry and mathematics, one can wish to pursue b.tech in nuclear science by scoring minimum aggregate mark of 75% in All India JEE Main. However cut off may vary year to year.
- Some universities have their own entrance exams on which basis the candidate is selected to adhere the course.
- After a candidate has successfully completed his/her b.tech in nuclear science with a minimum aggregate mark of 60% or its equivalent, one must be admitted through its performance in Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).
- Of course similar to b.tech there are several universities who conduct their own exams for the admission.
The 4 year period of nuclear science engineering consists of 8 semesters, each semester having various and wide range of subjects.
|Semester V||Semester VI||Semester VII||Semester VIII|
|Engineering Economics and Management||Fuzzy Approaches in Engineering||Applied Reactor Analysis||Project Work|
|Molecular and Cell Biology||Nuclear Reactor Theory = II||Fast Reactor Theory||Elective - IV|
|Computer in Reactor Analysis||Nuclear Fuel System||Elective – II||Elective – V|
|Nuclear Reactor Theory – I||-||Elective – III||-|
|Reactor Theory and Kinetics||-||-||-|
|Biological Effects of Radiation||-||-||-|
|Semester I||Semester II||Semester III||Semester IV|
Language Phase - I
|Nuclear Thermo Hydraulics - II|
|Mathematics – I||Mathematics – II||Mathematics – III||Applied Radio Chemistry|
|Physics||Material Science||Mechanics of Material||Engineering Mechanics and Fluid Mechanics|
|Chemistry||Principles of Environmental Science||Neutron Science|
|Basic Engineering - I||Basic Engineering - II||Material for Nuclear Applications|
|-||Elements of Nuclear Science and Engineering||Nuclear Thermo Hydraulics - I|
Nuclear energy has emerged as an important discipline in the field of energy and the world is looking towards it. The candidate who wants to pursue a career in nuclear science should have good reasoning skills, attention to detail and a good scientific nature towards a nuclear power plant.
The course of nuclear science teaches various skill sets, few of them are:
- A brief idea about fission and fusion of atomic particles.
- Education about radiation in industrial elements and its biological effects.
- Knowledge of radioactive isotopes, nuclear fuels, their application and handling.
- Developing radioactive tools that are suitable for medical and industrial use.
Candidates willing to make a career in nuclear science have to attend the following types of entrance exams to enroll either in government or private universities:
Career and Job Prospects:
|Job Post||Job Description||Salary|
|Associate professor and Professor||teaching, research, and service like administrative work, such as sitting on committees ranging from curricula development to overseeing workplace safety.||3 lacs to 9 lacs|
|Physicist||highly trained scientists who study the matter and the universe. They measure and study phenomena from the subatomic to the cosmic level and then use or develop models and theories to explain their observances.||6 lacs to 12 lacs|
|Trainee engineer||responsible for the completion of all the assigned tasks in the given deadline. All tasks assigned are for the trainee's own learning.||1.5 lacs to 3.5 lacs|
|Research associate and Lab leader||responsible for gathering data from primary and secondary sources of information, organizing and analyzing this material, and preparing written reports to superiors||1.5 lacs to 3 lacs|
|Project Engineering Manager||Plans and directs all design engineers, drafters, and technical engineers working on specific projects. Manages the development, implementation, and evaluation of complex designs.||6 lacs to 10.5 lacs|
|Nuclear Mechanical or Structural Engineer||Design or develop nuclear equipment, such as reactor cores, radiation shielding, and associated instrumentation. Direct operating or maintenance activities of operational nuclear power plants to ensure that they meet safety standards.||3.5 lacs to 7.5 lacs|
|Chemical Engineering||involved in the research, development, and implementation of chemical processes required to produce a variety of products such as food, drinks, cleaning products, textiles, medicines, fuels, solvents, adhesives and plastics.||2 lacs to 7.5 lacs|
Q: How is nuclear science engineering different from all other fields of engineering?
A: Arguably, nuclear science is distinguishable from all the other fields. The energy is created by the reaction originating from the nucleus containing protons and neutrons through fission and fusion and not in the form of molecules or atoms which is very nuclear in nature. The energy that is produced is million times more powerful that those which are produced by other chemical reactions.
Q: Can working with all these radioactive materials be dangerous?
A: Every field of work is dangerous if not careful enough. Yes, radiation can be hazardous to human health, in fact it is one of the core subject taught in this course. But with knowledge of proper science and practice this can be avoided. We can also shield our body so it doesn’t get exposed to the radiation and since change in environment, our b0dy has also changed with resistance to mild radiation, but we should still respect it.