BSc Nuclear Sciences and Engineering- University of the Witwatersrand

Offline study mode
Woodvale Grove Nairobi City
5 years
Jun 17 - Jun 17 2024

Course Description

Programme overview

Two of the current major challenges for humanity are related to the availability of energy-fuels and environmental issues, because of the ever increasing usage of those fuels and the resulting impact on climate and environment.


Knowledge and understanding of basic physics and in particular nuclear physics is a prerequisite to applying such knowledge within the nuclear industry. Nuclear engineering requires a firm grasp of the physical principles required for a successful reactor design.


Depending on interests, having successfully completed three years of studies, students would go to a fourth year in Physics to complete a BSc (Hons) Physics.


Alternatively, a student could enter the third year of a four-year BSc (Eng) degree in either Mechanical or Industrial Engineering to eventually complete a degree in engineering as well. This being the case, these graduates will satisfy the educational requirement to be able to register subsequently as Professional Engineers (Pr.Eng.).


Examples of organisations in South Africa that employ physicists and engineers with a nuclear sciences specialty are Eskom, Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa (Necsa), National Nuclear Regulator (NNR) and large construction companies such as Murray and Roberts. With the unprecedented growth in nuclear industry in South Africa there is an urgent and sustained need for suitably qualified physicists and engineers.


Career Outcomes

  • Physics Research
  • Environmental Science
  • Medicine
  • Project Managers
  • Software Engineers
  • Consultants
  • Astrophysicist

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