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