Why I chose nuclear

Sum with fellow students on results day.

I graduated with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015, and am currently studying MSc Nuclear Science and Technology.

So why did I choose to study Nuclear Science and Technology?

Nuclear power stations were introduced approximately 60 years ago and they are now currently contributing around 11% of the world’s electricity. More than one hundred nuclear power stations are to planned to be built worldwide in the foreseeable future and we are hoping to switch our electricity generation from burning coal, gas, oil to something relatively more environmental friendly such as nuclear energy. Although nuclear waste is rather toxic and radioactive, is usually stored in boreholes or well isolated locations, in contrast to the consuming and combusting of fossil fuels that discharge toxic and greenhouse gases into the environment which leads to countless cancer and lung diseases.

Nuclear technology developments since 1970 have introduced some innovations but most of the existing reactors used worldwide are not recent creations but slightly out of date, and their thermal efficiencies might not meet what we expect from our current predictions on paper.

As an NTEC student, I feel an obligation to participate and contribute my efforts to the development of new technologies, new technologies that will enable us to permanently resolve the toxicity of nuclear waste and long term energy generation for future generations.

The NTEC course offers a very flexible choice of modules, and depending on personal preferences, students are able to select the best modules that they are attracted to.

We are required to attend week long courses in a number of associated universities and self-study for an average of 3 weeks, getting a flavour of what is like being a research student.

Studying with cohorts from other universities or industrial placed students, allows one to obtain a variety of first-hand information rapidly about the current state in the nuclear energy sector, facilitating one’s future decisions for academic or industrial careers.

Sum Sum Chan
BEng Materials Science and Engineering graduate 2015.
Current MSc Nuclear Science and Technology student.

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