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Safe and Reliable Nuclear Applications (SARENA)


Sustainability and the future of humankind will require access to sufficient, environmentally acceptable, and affordable energy sources. The most important and complex challenges are to improve the security of energy supply, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide low-cost energy supply to industry and the general population. Sustainable nuclear energy is an integral part of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) fighting against climate change and securing energy supply.

The nuclear technologies today exhibit unparalleled levels of safety and reliability. This has been made possible through considerable and long-term efforts of the excellently educated and trained employees with outstanding safety culture in the industry, competent regulatory authorities, research, higher education and technical support (TSO) communities worldwide.

The proposed two-year Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, SARENA – SAfe and REliable Nuclear Applications aims to develop scientific, technical and management skills enabling engineers to work in all domains related to nuclear energy and applications with a strong international culture, thus allowing students from around the world to join the programme. It consists of an integrated and balanced programme, fully taught in English, covering a wide range of nuclear applications including nuclear power plant (NPP) design and operation, and addresses the important issue of safe management of radioactive waste and the decommissioning and dismantling of facilities, a pre-requisite for sustainability.

The master proposes two different tracks:

  • Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning  (RWMD) – courses in France and Spain.
  • Nuclear Reactors Operation and Safety (NROS) – courses in France, Finland and Slovenia.


Skills in:

  • Sustainability
  • Nuclear safety
  • Waste management
  • Decommissioning
  • Nuclear technology
  • Dismantling


Admission to this master Programme is granted to persons holding an academic degree of at least 180 ECTS credits (bachelor degree or equivalent programme of at least 180 ECTS) in engineering, physics, chemistry, environmental sciences, etc. For the bachelor’s degree, a minimum overall/grade point average of B according to the ECTS grading system is necessary.


  • Project engineer in nuclear energy projects including design and conception of installations
  • Project manager in dismantling and decommissioning
  • Project or safety engineer in nuclear waste processing, conditioning, safe storage
  • Research scientist and development engineer
  • Operation and maintenance engineer in power plant and other industrial applications
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