NSE - Nuclear Science & Engineering at MIT



The Department is a leader in the continuing development of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) as an academic discipline with an intellectual core that supports many diverse applications.

The core of the discipline rests on the three pillars of science, systems, and society. The NSE graduate core curriculum is delivered in six modules:

  1. Applied Nuclear Physics (22.11)
  2. Radiation Interactions, Control, and Measurement (22.12)
  3. Nuclear Energy Systems (22.13)
  4. Materials in Nuclear Engineering (22.14)
  5. Essential Numerical Methods (formerly Computational NSE) (22.15)
  6. Nuclear Technology and Society (22.16)

In the graduate program, students can pursue Master’s, Engineer’s and Ph.D. degrees. Research in the Department covers a wide range of nuclear-related applications, including fission and fusion energy systems, nuclear security, and applications of radiation in medical, industrial, and computational devices. Engineering these devices and systems routinely requires the integration of nuclear and radiation processes, materials science, thermal/fluids and structural engineering, plasma science and quantum engineering. The economic, environmental, social, political and international aspects of nuclear systems also play a central role in their successful application.