MSc in SAfe and REliable Nuclear Applications (SARENA) - Programme description

The proposed SARENA programme is a complete 2-year master programme, divided into 4 semesters, accounting for a total of 120 ECTS (see Figure). The programme starts with an academic phase of 3 semesters accounting for 90 ECTS (30 ECTS per semester), followed by an either industry or research oriented semester (30 ECTS) during which the students will be expected to do an internship and write their Master thesis.
The Master proposes two different tracks:

  1. Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning (RWMD)
  2. Nuclear Reactors Operation and Safety (NROS)

Both study tracks are designed in a step-by-step manner, wherein each semester builds on the knowledge acquired in the previous one:

  1. The 1st semester is mostly a common core semester, which unites students from both study tracks. It aims to equip students with the basics in nuclear sciences and engineering, while also teaching some modules in management. It is taught at IMT Atlantique in France.
  2. The 2nd semester offers the first step into specialisation: students in the RWMD study track will be taught in the matters of Radiochemistry; Environmental Impact and Safety at UPM in Spain, while students in the NROS track will be taught Nuclear Reactors, Thermal Hydraulics, and Modelling at LUT in Finland.
  3. The 3rd semester’s objective is to complete the specialisation process: students in the RWMD track will be taught Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning at IMT Atlantique in France, while students in the NROS track will be taught Nuclear Reactors Operation and Safety at UL in Slovenia.
  4. The 4th and last semester is carried out at the place of internship, either a company or research institution. During this internship, the student will be under the supervision of both an academic tutor, from the institution where the student is enrolled in, and a company tutor (or laboratory supervisor) at the company (or research institution) the internship takes place.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the student completing the RWMD track is expected to be awarded a dual-degree from IMT Atlantique and UPM, while the student completing the NROS track is expected to be awarded a dual-degree from LUT and UL.

In the end, no matter the study track, place of internship, or even topic of the master thesis, the focus of the SARENA programme remains the issue of SAFETY and reliability in nuclear applications. The consortium was therefore set up in a manner to provide expert education to form highly skilled engineers for the nuclear sector, involving lecturers with direct experience in the nuclear industry. All lecturers are doing their best to help students understand the industry, its realities, needs and opportunities, in a way as to help them figure out how to best further their own professional development.