Grenoble Alpes University

UGA – Grenoble Alpes University, is a world-renowned scientific university. We rank in the top 150 of the 2014 Shanghai ranking. Within our 80 laboratories, we conduct research in conjunction with major French scientific organizations using the international large research equipment we have on-site such as the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility at Institute Laue Langevin.
Amongst our numerous vocational curricula, we developed the MS in nuclear engineering (former ITDD – Engineering, Traceability, and Sustainable Development), which is especially designed to meet the needs of the industry. This 2-year program was set up to meet the needs of industrial companies and train top-level specialists in radioactive waste management, nuclear facility dismantling, and safety.
The main characteristic of the program is its very strong relationship with the industrial world, with 10 months of internship in an industrial company, a large share of industrial speakers, and many partnership agreements. The program relies both on the scientific potential of UGA and on the skills of the major French nuclear industrial players.
Since 2001, 476 students have graduated from the MS, most of which now work in the nuclear industry. During their first year, our students mainly learn about nuclear physics, fuel cycle chemistry, and mechanical engineering to prepare for one of the three majors available in second year. The program also includes a 4-to-6-month internship during which students get to know the industrial world and apply the lessons learned during the year. We encourage them to do their internships in industrial companies (AREVA, CEA, and EDF) so that they get a conclusive first professional experience and can find an apprenticeship in second year. The second year alternates between classroom training and on-the-job training with 18 weeks at the University and 34 in the company. Three majors are offered, out of which 2 (GeDéRa and ADIN) are taught in conjunction with INSTN:

  • Scientific and technological management of radioactive waste (GeDéRa),
  • Decommissioning and Dismantling of Nuclear Facilities (ADIN),
  • Nuclear Safety (SN).

Most classes are taught by speakers from the industry (CEA, AREVA, IRSN, EDF, etc.) with on-site lab work at CEA-Marcoule, CEA-Cadarache, and the Nuclear Physics and Modeling experimental platform at LPSC Grenoble and visits of major industrial sites of the French nuclear industry. The professional integration rate of graduates is outstanding. The MS’ Steering Committee manages apprenticeship contracts and the Council defines its strategic guidelines to make sure the curriculum matches the needs of the industry. The average duration between graduation day and the beginning of the first job (80% permanent positions and 20% short-term contracts) in the nuclear industry was below one week over the past three years.

  • 45,000 students
  • 5,500 staff including 3,000 lecturers and research professors and 2,500 administrative and technical staff
  • 24 faculties, schools and institutes
  • 80 laboratories
  • €450 M budget