If you work in the nuclear sector, then develop the skills you need to be recognised as a professional in nuclear security management. We produce professionals who have mastered the science, art and engineering of effective nuclear security management, gaining the practical skills they need for their workplace. You'll become one of the senior decision-makers of the future nuclear industry and regulation around the world.
Our course has been recognised by the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) Academy as compliant with international consensus standards of best practice, and we are working towards recognition for contributing to the achievement of Chartered Security Professional (CSyP) status. If you want to get ahead in your workplace, then our course will continue your professional development to ensure a successful career.
This part-time course will enable you to earn while you learn, taking place over 2 years. Each module only takes one week of classroom / laboratory study together with 5 weeks study in the workplace, including an assessment. We offer prompt feedback on your work to enable you to shape your skills as well as your theoretical knowledge.
The course will use an innovative 'virtual learning community' approach to study real situations without creating security constraints. This material will support more traditional lecture materials, and group seminars as well as small group tutorials. All materials will be provided online for private study at any convenient time, in any time zone. Students are expected to establish and maintain an electronic portfolio of their studies, and appropriate workplace material as evidence of their professional development as part of their evidence for the Security Institute.
We have worked closely with the nuclear industry, non-nuclear industries and regulators. The syllabus has been based on the International Atomic Energy Agency (www.iaea.org) and World Institute for Nuclear Security (www.wins.org) syllabuses for nuclear security management education to ensure it both represents international best practice and is applicable in any part of the world.
- Introduction to Nuclear Security Management and Legislation
- The Need for Nuclear Security Management
- Security of Special Nuclear Materials
- Security of Radioactive Materials
- Leadership Skills for Nuclear Security Management
- Managing External Relationships in Nuclear Security
- Strategic Management Issues for Nuclear Security
- Extended Work-Based Project
For a detailed summary of all course content please read our programme specification for this course.
See course specific entry requirements listed below.
Applicants will normally hold an honours degree in a relevant scientific, engineering and technology subjects related to the nuclear industry, grade 2:2 or above. Relevant arts degrees will also be considered on a case-by-case basis. All candidates will be judged on an individual basis and will be required to be interviewed, remotely if necessary.
Overseas equivalent qualifications are acceptable and English IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required if English is not the first language.
Students with qualifications such as HND with relevant industrial/engineering experience are welcomed. They will be judged on an individual basis and will be required to be interviewed, remotely if necessary. Admission would be granted in accordance with the university's procedures for APL.
Making your application
Applications should be made online directly to the university - visit our website or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and guidance. There is no official closing date but we would encourage you to apply as early as possible, as many courses are competitive.
What makes a good application?
We consider all aspects of your application, not simply your qualifications and grades. We look at your academic background and performance, relevant experience (particularly for professional courses where some voluntary or paid experience is required) and your reference. Above all, we look for motivation, commitment and potential - evidence that you can benefit from study at higher education level.
Make sure you include:
- Relevant qualifications/evidence of ability: check our website for the specific entry requirements required for each course. Tell us your previous academic results and your projected grades.
- A supportive reference, from an employer or your school or college.
- A good personal statement.
Explain clearly what attracts you to the course and tell us about your wider interests and experience. If you are applying for a course that incorporates professional training and placements, you should include any relevant experience or visits you have made in the workplace. Highlight your individual strengths and qualities, personal skills, capacity for teamwork, contribution to the community and your enterprise, originality and determination. Select some activities which bring out these qualities.
When we receive your application, we will send you an acknowledgement and if you are successful at this stage you will get either - an offer (with an invitation to visit the campus to which you have applied), or - an invitation to interview on a particular date. If we are not able to offer you a place on your chosen course we will usually try to offer you a place on a similar course and will contact you to discuss this. Alternatively, if we think you are suitable, but cannot offer you a place on your preferred campus because of the level of competition, we will offer you a place at another campus if one is available.
And if I accept?
The admissions team will contact you and send further information from February onwards about accommodation, and from May/June onwards about preparing to join the university. If you have any other queries, please telephone the admissions offices for information and advice on 0845 6061144.
We welcome applications for deferred entry on some courses. If you have specific plans during your year out, indicate these on your personal statement as they may be relevant to your course and could enhance your application.
Please see the international pages of our website for full details of our entry requirements (including English-language skills) as well as contacts for advice and support.
From 2009 the UK Border Agency introduced a Points-Based Immigration System (PBS) for students coming to the UK from outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
Students entering higher education will need to obtain a Confirmation of Acceptance (CAS) plus finance confirmation to obtain a Tier 4 student visa.
UK education providers are licensed by the UK Border Agency. When students apply for their visa (or entry clearance) they will need a valid Certificate of Acceptance of Studies from the university. Please note that a CAS is not a guarantee that a visa will be issued.
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